The history of the Norwegian Elkhound goes back 6000 years, with the remains of a similar breed of dog, around 4000-5000 years old, being found in Norway. The main purpose of the breed was to assist in hunting by first sniffing the prey out (primarily moose and elk), rushing ahead towards it, and then barking incessantly at it to keep it at bay, till the hunters arrive & kill it. Today, the dog gas become a favored family pet in Norway, and even assists the Norwegian government during times of war.
The hardy Norwegian Elkhound has a square profile and a close coupled body. Its head is broad at the ears and is wedge-shaped. Dark brown, oval eyes; high set, erect ears; scissor bite teeth; moderately thick muzzle; straight nose; muscular neck; high set, tightly curled tail; small paws; thick and hard coat in shades of gray–these are some of the breed’s physical features.
gray coat with lighter undercoat. Black on muzzle, ears and tail.
The Norwegian Elkhound is an independent and intelligent dog that loves its family unconditionally, though may be wary with strangers. They make good companions for kids, and protect the family fearlessly. The breed may be a bit difficult to train, and hence obedience training must be firm yet fair or they get upset. Lack of sufficient exercise can make the Norwegian Elkhound destructive or frustrated. These dogs are alert and playful, and love to bark; this makes them a good watchdog. Male dogs may not get along with each other, and its best to exercise caution when allowing them to interact with non-canine pets.
Hip dysplasia, renal and eye problems, weight gain due to overfeeding, cysts etc are some health issues concerned with the Norwegian Elkhound.
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