Norwegian Elkhound – Full Breed Profile

Dog Breed Group:
Hound Dogs
Height:
19 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:
Life Span:
12 to 15 years

Breed Characteristics:

Apartment Friendly

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Good For First-Time Owners

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Overall Sensitivity

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Tolerates Being Alone

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Affectionate With Family

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Kid-Friendly

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Friendly Toward Other Dogs

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Friendly Toward Strangers

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Drooling Level

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Easy To Groom

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Overall Health

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Prone To Obesity

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Trainabilty Level

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Intelligence Level

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Prey Drive

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Barking Level

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Energy Level

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Exercise Needs

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Playfulness Level

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The Norwegian Elkhound is a hunting dog originally from Norway. This is one of the oldest breeds alive, dating back to 5000 B.C.

The Norwegian Elkhound is one of the Northern Spitz-type breeds of dog and is the National Dog of Norway. Throughout history, this breed served as a hunting dog, guarding dog, and family dog.

However, this breed isn’t for any family. Since they are highly independent they may do better in a family with well-behaved older children than toddlers.

Still, no matter how old the children might be they should be educated on how to behave around dogs.

This breed won’t hesitate to defend his people from almost anything. They are great when it comes to tracking and they don’t fear to participate in tracking large animals, such as bears and wolves.

The Norwegian Elkhound has a ‘two-ply’ coat, meaning there is a topcoat and undercoat. They shed a lot, especially during the shedding season.

Every responsible breeder will explain to you that during shedding season they will have ‘tumbleweeds’ of undercoats moving continually around the house.

Due to the harshness of their coat, Elkhounds don’t have a doggy smell.