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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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2018

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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 $612.50. 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.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,000 upwards to $5,800 or even more for a Norwegian Elkhound with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Norwegian Elkhounds sold is $600.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $612.50
Average Price: $600.00
Top Quality: $1,000.00 to $5,800.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 889 Norwegian Elkhound puppies across the United States on

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.

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Most Popular Norwegian Elkhound Names for 2018

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 889 Norwegian Elkhound dogs.
  • 1. Arrow
  • 2. Dixie
  • 3. Daphne
  • 4. Hunter
  • 5. Kate
  • 6. Dolly
  • 7. Sophie
  • 8. Duncan
  • 9. Kimble
  • 10. Tanner
  • 11. Brutus
  • 12. Starburst
  • 13. Stewy
  • 14. Bullet
  • 15. Buster
  • 16. Davis
  • 17. Lucky
  • 18. Sebastian
  • 19. Tara
  • 20. Cherry

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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 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 doing so for 12 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 $600 for males and $650 for females for a Limited AKC Registration. A deposit of $250 will reserve a puppy. Shipping is an additional $375 to any airport that accepts cargo. Email us for copies of pedigrees or our 2 Year Health Guarantee. 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.

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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?

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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.

Anonymous asked:
My Norwegian Elkhound is 5 years old. He lives with 3 Chow Chows which were introduced at 8 weeks to the house. The hound is aloof from his pack. Recently he has taken to peeing on the house and he barks at absolutely nothing all the time he is outside. How do I get him 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. I 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.



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 a Norwegian 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.


I have had Elkhounds (5) for 30 years and have had great success 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.


They are the barkers of the pack. I love them. DO NOT debark the dog. It will die as it is not alerting you to intrusions. These dogs are family oriented and keep routines. Please contact if problem with move. I had one for 13 yrs then the next for 7 had to eauthinize due to tumors

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How long do Norwegian Elkhounds live?



My female Norwegian Elkhound is 15 years old. However, that is VERY old, and she is fading.


The expected life span for a Norwegian Elkhound is fifteen years. Anything over that is pure bonus.


Our Norwegian Elkhound lived to be a bit over 18 years of age. I sure miss him.


Great to hear about an 18-year old. We have a mix--parts Elkhound and Aussie. She is 17, mostly deaf, fairly blind from cataracts--doc said she's too old for surgery--, and incontinent in her sleep. She's getting a little odd--no idea if it's canine dementia or just the eccentricity of age, but she gets around pretty well, probably thanks to being an athlete, years of her youth spent training for marathons with my wife. She's been a great friend, so we don't mind the inconveniences. I can't even bear the thought of what's coming, but we've got her spot picked out, right by the old rose bush where she likes to sleep and watch us weed the garden.


Ours lived 17 yrs plus a few months. Was very active and happy until 17 yrs. Then his hind legs gave out. We kept him as thin as we could. His vision was not great at end. He always had selective hearing. We loved his zest to live life full and fun. Very stubborn.

Anonymous asked:
I have a Norwegian 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 I'm away at work. What breed would be best apart from another Norwegian Elkhound or Beagle?



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 Norwegian Elkhound so maybe an Eski would be right for you too.


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 household and while he tolerates the others, but would prefer to be the only dog. He was happier when it was just him and two cats. But each dog is different and only you would know what would make him happiest.


I recently started to care for my brother's Norwegian Elkhound as my brother is unable to care for him at this time. I also have a large male Boxer of six years. Our boxer and now our Elkhound, once introduced slowly and with supervision, are the best of friends. Up early each day the Norwegian Elkhound is ready for a 4 block run alongside my bike. Next a run with my boxer. I feed them and then they run and wrestle together for about 45 minutes in the yard. Awesome to watch. This exercise is repeated again in the evening. Two happy healthy dogs are the result. The Elkhound definitely needs and benefits from the exercise. He is very gentle and very energetic. My Boxer is very happy with his new best friend.


I now have my 7th (9 yrs old) Elkhound in a 40 year span! All my Elkhound's have been part of our family of children, cats and other dogs. Currently, Measha shares her home with a red Siberian Husky, her Champion Russell Terrier and three rescue cats! Only once did I have issues with a male who hated children, only to find out that he was abused by neighbors children. I got him as a 9 month old. All of my other Elkhound's adored children! My adult sons have also joined "Elkhound Lovers" and I couldn't be happier! PATIENCE & LOVE !

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Updated: 8/14/2018