Norwegian Elkhound

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The Norwegian Elkhound was originally developed in Norway to guard herds, flocks and homes but also to hunt large game such as moose and bear. The average height of a Norwegian Elkhound is 1 foot, 7 inches to 1 foot, 8 inches weighing about 35 to 45 pounds. They have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.


Originally developed to hunt large game and guard different things the Norwegian Elkhound is a fearless dog that nowadays makes a great family pet. He is very intelligent, loyal, devoted, courageous and skilled in everything he does. The Norwegian Elkhound loves all the energy demanding activities like fly-ball, Frisbee, running, swimming and many other dog games. If he is left alone more than a few hours a day he can become bored and might become very loud and destructive. The Norwegian Elkhound is a great watchdog because he is very reserved with strangers and will always let you know when a stranger is approaching your property. He is known to behave well when children are around but very small children should always be well supervised when they encounter any type of dog breed because they might have the tendency to tease and no dog will accept that. Obedience training and early socialization are very important in this case and can make a big difference if you want to have a well behaved dog.

Norwegian Elkhound Training:

Norwegian Elkhound is a very intelligent dog breed. They can learn new commands very quickly which makes them quite easy to train. Usually they enjoy any type of activity so basic training will not be a problem for them. In fact it can be something that they will really enjoy.

Norwegian Elkhound Shedding:

To be honest, the Norwegian Elkhound is shedding a lot of hair. You cannot do anything to stop this but if you want to prevent having hair all over your home you should do proper brushing every day. Keep in mind that with a proper brushing you will rarely find hair on your couch, carpets and other places in your home.

Norwegian Elkhound Grooming:

The Norwegian Elkhound, like many other dog breeds, need daily exercise. Don’t worry, those needs can be met quite easy with simple walks or playing some fun games. His coat needs to be shaped two or three months and proper brushing should be done every now and then.

Norwegian Elkhound History:

The Norwegian Elkhound was originally developed in Norway to be a fearless guard dog as well as skilled hunter specialized in large game such as moose and bear. It is possible that the breed may reach more than 5000 years BCE but his exact history has been lost in time however it is a known fact that more than a thousand years ago this breed was used by Vikings to hunt.

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