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Breed Group: Hound
Norwegian Elkhound

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Weight
Male: 55; Female: 48 lbs
Height
Male: 20.5; Female: 19.5 inches
Color(s)
Gray outer coat, silver under coat, black muzzle
Overview
The National Dog of Norway, the Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient Spitz-type breed. Through the centuries they have been prized by hunters, herdsmen, and farmers for their versatility as watchdogs, trackers of big game: bear, elk, reindeer, and moose, and as flock guardians.
Character
The Norwegian Elkhound is hardy, well-built, and possesses great strength and endurance. This is a breed of great dignity, adaptability, and dependability.
Temperament
The Norwegian Elkhound breed is sensitive, affectionate, and loyal. They are friendly with those they know but are aloof and wary of strangers. They bark incessantly to alert their family to any type of danger or suspicious activity. The Norwegian Elkhound is reliable and good with children, although caution should be taken with small children as this breed will attempt to herd them. They have a tendency to be aggressive toward dogs of the same gender and are not recommended for homes with cats or other household pets.
Care
Norwegian Elkhound's require weekly brushing with a comb or rake to minimize loose and dead hair. Special attention should be given to the coat during their seasonal heavy shedding. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary as their coat is naturally self-cleaning. The Norwegian Elkhound is prone to sebaceous cysts and hip dysplasia. It is important to not over-feed as they have a tendency to gain weight. This breed prefers cooler climates.
Coat
The Norwegian Elkhound is a double coat breed. The outer coat is weather-resistant, hard, thick, and smooth. The under coat is dense, soft, and woolly in texture. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.
Training
The Norwegian Elkhound requires early socialization and basic obedience. They are intelligent and eager to please but require a dominant handler who will establish rules. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency.
Activity
The Norwegian Elkhound breed is not recommended for apartment living. They require an inordinate amount of exercise. They do best in a large securely fenced yard or a rural setting with a job to do. They thrive on family interaction, biking, running, and hiking. The Norwegian Elkhound excels at agility, guarding, sledding, herding, and watchdogging.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Norwegian Elkhound puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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Featured Norwegian Elkhound Breeder

Van Maanen Elkhounds
Member Since: April 2008
Location: Sioux City, Iowa
I have Norwegian Elkhound puppies for sale! See My Profile
We are a family run business. We live on a farm in the beautiful rolling hills of northwest Iowa with our 5 children. We have 3 females that we breed to our male. Two of our females and our male have CHAMPION BLOODLINES and all are AKC registered. We raise Elkhounds exclusively and have been doin...

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Anonymous asked:

11/12/2011 2:11:53 AM

11/12/2011 2:11:53 AM

I had a norwegian elkhound who had epilepsy and had her put down when she was 8 since they got... I had a norwegian elkhound who had epilepsy and had her put down when she was 8 since they got so bad. Is that a normal disease in them?

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Anonymous

No, the Norwegian Elkhound is not known for epilepsy problems. They are prone to hip dysplasia, pyotraumatic dermatitis and PRA. Occasionally seen is Fanconi syndrome. Gains weight easily, do not over feed.
7/15/2014 12:18:54 PM

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8/22/2011 5:27:33 PM

8/22/2011 5:27:33 PM

My elkhound is 5 years old.He lives with 3 chow chows.the chows were introduced at 8 weeks to... My elkhound is 5 years old.He lives with 3 chow chows.the chows were introduced at 8 weeks to the house and the hound is aloof from his pack. recently he has taken to peeing on the house. yes on the house. and he barks at absolutely nothing all the time he is outside. how do I get to stop his constant barking? how do I get him to stop peeing on the house? we will be moving soon and the constant barking is of great concern. tried the muzzle and he can get out of a muzzle in less time than Houdini. I don't want to cut his vocal chords as I view this as inhumane but I also don't want to give him up as when I bought him I made a lifetime commitment to him to be his forever home. I love him and don't know how to help him stop. some of this behavior is noted breed behavior. but this behavior needs to be changed and so far the training is not working. suggestions greatly appreciated. and yes he is fixed as are the rest of the pack.

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I saw a show about dogs that bark a lot. They trained them to bark on command and then told them to stop. Now, when the dogs bark, they give the stop barking command and they stop. It worked well on the show. I have an Elkhound and love him to death. However, he does bark a lot at everything...birds, squirrels, cats, other dogs, people, leaves, everything. I just call him inside for a while until he forgets about what he was barking at and let him back out until he barks again.
9/10/2011 11:25:55 AM

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I have had Elkhounds(5) for 30 years and have had great sucess with the citronella no-bark collar. It requires some diligence on your part-ie off when inside;on when outside(or whenever there are persistent barking situations, maybe shaving a piece of the neck, so the mic is not muffled, etc., as well as being there to reinforce "NO BARK!" verbally the first few times as it sprays. After a few times, my dogs were very, very quiet as soon as the collar was snapped on. However, I must admit, one of my current Elkhounds, who is not the brightest bulb, treats the spray as a game.
11/17/2011 2:08:55 PM

Anonymous asked:

7/3/2011 11:27:19 AM

7/3/2011 11:27:19 AM

How long do Norwegian Elkhound's live? How long do Norwegian Elkhound's live?

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Anonymous

my female elkhoud is 15 years old. However, that is VERY old, and she is fading.
8/2/2011 4:14:35 AM

Anonymous

The expected life span for a Norwegian Elkhound is fifteen years. anything over that is pure bonus.
8/22/2011 8:24:01 PM

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12/22/2010 7:40:06 AM

12/22/2010 7:40:06 AM

I have a Elkhound cross beagle, she is a great dog and I have a close relationship with her, but... I have a Elkhound cross beagle, she is a great dog and I have a close relationship with her, but I want another dog to keep her company when Im away at work, what type would be best apart from another elkhound or beagle.

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Anonymous

I have an american eskimo and she does great with my cat and other dogs. She is really friendly. You are already familiar with the spitz breed because of your elkhound so maybe an eski would be right for you too
12/25/2010 12:14:00 AM

Anonymous

you might want to consider a cat as a companion for your dog? adult elkhounds don't always like to have to deal with other dogs. I added dogs to my elkhound he tolerates the others but would prefer to be the only dog. he was happier when it was him and two cats. but each dog is different and only you would know what would make him happiest
8/22/2011 5:32:40 PM

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