Height: 19.5-20.5 inches
Weight: 44-55 lbs.
Life Span: 13-14 yrs.
Breed Group: Northern
This affectionate, energetic, strong, and courageous dog makes a devoted
family pet. A firm, patient owner and early socialization and obedience
training are crucial.
The elkhound is noisy and therefore a good watchdog, but it is not aggressive
toward people. Although this dog can live in the city, it is better suited
for the suburbs or country.
The Norwegian elkhound's outercoat is thick, coarse, and straight; the undercoat
is soft, dense, and woolly.
Coat color is gray with black tips. The muzzle, ears, and tail tip are black;
the legs, stomach, buttocks, and underside of the tail are silver.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The Norwegian elkhound's coat needs to be brushed and combed one to two
times a week. This energetic dog needs several long, brisk walks and runs
as well as playtime in a secure area daily.
The Norwegian elkhound, a favorite of the Vikings, originated in Norway
thousands of years ago and was used primarily for hunting.
Breed-related health concerns: congenital kidney problems, progressive
retinal atrophy, cataracts, glaucoma.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club