Norwegian Elkhound

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Breed Group: Hound
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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.
The Norwegian Elkhound is hardy, well-built, and possesses great strength and endurance. This is a breed of great dignity, adaptability, and dependability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Male: 55; Female: 48 lbs
Male: 20.5; Female: 19.5 inches
Gray outer coat, silver under coat, black muzzle
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How much do Norwegian Elkhound puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Norwegian Elkhound varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Norwegian Elkhound puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Norwegian Elkhounds sold is $0.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Norwegian Elkhound with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

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Annual cost of owning a Norwegian Elkhound puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Norwegian Elkhounds true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Norwegian Elkhound Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 0 Norwegian Elkhound dogs.
  • 1. Arrow
  • 2. Dixie
  • 3. Daphne
  • 4. Hunter
  • 5. Kate
  • 6. Dolly
  • 7. Sophie
  • 8. Duncan
  • 9. Brutus
  • 10. Kimble
  • 11. Tanner
  • 12. Starburst
  • 13. Stewy
  • 14. Bullet
  • 15. Buster
  • 16. Davis
  • 17. Duke
  • 18. Elfie
  • 19. Lucky
  • 20. Sebastian

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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. All of our adult dogs are AKC registered. We raise Elkhounds exclusively and have been doing so for 15 years. Our dogs are free to roam our farm during the day and we put them in a building during the evening hours. If you have any questions, please contact us. We ask $700 for a Limited AKC Registration. A deposit of $250 will reserve a puppy. Shipping is an additional $400 to any airport that accepts cargo. We just had 2 females come in heat, so we should have puppies ready to go to new homes around the 24th of December 2018!!! You can also check us out on Facebook under "Van Maanen Elkhounds." IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS OR WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE A PUPPY FROM OUR UPCOMING LITTERS, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US. UPDATED: 8/23/2018

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Anonymous asked:
Im going to adopt a 5month old femaie Elkhound pup. I have 4 cats. I just read Elkhounds shouldn't be in homes with cats or other pets. Should I be concerned? I don't want any of my pets to have to be shut away in separate rooms. Could she be trained to respect the kitties?



The Norwegian Elkhound was are bred for hunting large game, such as wolf, bear and moose. Because of this, they are fearless and have a pretty active prey drive. They had to be fierce going after such large game, especially if they were going after another predator. To answer your question quickly, yes your pup should be able to be trained to respect the cats. However, you are going to have to put in the time, training and effort into your new pup. Make sure your cats have some high up places to get away from the pup (ie: cat towers or cat ledges); and also make sure that your cats have their own space for food, water, and their litter boxes. Having a baby gate up to block the dog from going in and out of that room / area is best so that your cats can feel safe. Do not leave your dog loose in the home without supervision to ensure the safety of all of the animals. Crating or having your pup in a separate room will be best for at least the first 4 - 6 months of your owning the dog. This way you can ensure that the cats and dog have integrated well together in the household.


When my Elkhound was younger I had a problem with him darting off after the deer in town but as he got older he is able to sit on the porch and just watch them around him. He had the drive to chase things but he's a sweetheart though. If he were to ever catch up to an animal such as a stray cat he'd stick his face in theirs while the cat pawed at & scratched him. I'd suggest raising them around cats from the time they are puppies and really work on the come & stay command so they don't take off after something.


Do not get an Elkhound due to your cats and mostly because they require several acres to thrive on...They are NOT house dogs!


I had an elkhound. She NEVER bothered my cats and was GREAT with my other dogs.

Anonymous asked:
I've seen some websites that suggest Norwegian Elkhounds adjust well to apartment living if given a lot of exercise but then I've seen others that say they would not do well in an apartment (regardless of amount of exercise) and need more space. I live in an apartment but prefer larger dogs (I hate small dogs and would prefer a cat to one) so the information is conflicting. Any advice, clarification and experience would be appreciated.



The Norwegian Elkhound is a very lively, energetic dog that thrives in the outdoors. He/She loves to be out and about, they love to explore, sniff, and enjoy nature. Truthfully, if you are a very active person such as one whom jogs, cycles, ect. and you are 100% on giving an outdoor life style to your dog when you are not a work; this breed could work for you. But if you are more satisfied with a short walk around the block or two and a dog park on the weekends, then I would not suggest this breed. There are several other breeds of dogs that are on the medium or medium-large scale that would work for you, including. Greyhound, Borzoi, Welsh Corgi (both Cardigan and Pembroke ), Shar-Pei, Old English Sheepdog, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. All of these breeds though can adapt to apartment living do need to have daily exercise, training and social time with both you and other dogs.


Elkhounds are very adaptable. Mine would be content laying around the house or going for a long hike. He loved the snow & outdoors but I wouldn't consider him a high energy dog. As long as you take him on walks or to dog parks, he should be fine.


I have a 3 year old Elkhound and he is in the house with a 2 year old cat. They have been raised together and do get along well. I have raised Elkhounds for years and Oden is my husband's service dog. He has a fenced in area and goes on walks, They will challenge you to see if you are the alpha. They need consistency. They are lovable, and very family oriented.

Anonymous asked:
How much and often do you feed Norwegian Elkhound dogs?

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As a puppy (8 weeks - 5 months) the dog should be fed 3x a day. Between 5 - 6 months old, the dog should be transitioned to being fed to 2x a day. The dog should then be fed 2x per day until he/she is a late senior (roughly anywhere between 12 - 15 years old) and then the dog should be fed 3x a day again. As per how much you should be feeding your dog will all depend on 3 things, the age of the dog, the activity level/amount of exercise he/she gets on a daily basis, and the brand of food you are feeding your dog. If the dog is eating a low quality food, then you will have to feed him/her more to get the amount of nutrients the dog needs, but if you are feeding a high quality food; then you will be feeding less. There are guide lines on every bag and can of food to let you know how much your dog should be eating of that food and at what age. Please note that every dog is different and may eat more or less compared to the guide depending on your personal dog. Keep a running tab with your vet as per the weight of your dog so you know if you need to cut back or add to their food consumption.

Anonymous asked:
I have a Norwegian Elkhound now and she is my service dog (my right arm). She has moles down her back which I have had removed many times. Have you heard about this and is it common?

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Moles, like with humans are common on dogs as well. If your vet is not worried about them and they are removed without problems, then your dog should be perfectly fine.

Anonymous asked:
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 for this breed?



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. They gain weight easily, do not over feed.


I have had seven Elkhounds over a 45 year period. All have been healthy, loving to anyone that was asked to come in the front door. They are wonderful with children (I had an in home family daycare). I also have always had cats & they love to sleep in that curly, warm tail. Iā€™m currently looking for a Elkhound puppy as we lost our girl Measha last August at 14. Life is great, but better with an Elkhound! None available in Colorado šŸ˜©

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Updated: 7/1/2022