Norwegian Elkhound


The Norwegian Elkhound is an average size breed with a body built for endurance. The breed’s body is compact. It has a neck that is average in length and that extends to a straight back. The chest is wide and deep. Its rib cage is well sprung. It has a wide head that is flanked by ears that are set high and rectangular in shape. Although the ears are somewhat small, they give the breed an alert look. The front legs are very straight while the back legs are well angled. Its coat is dense and coarse. The coat is most profuse at the collar, tail, and hocks.


The Norwegian Elkhound has a temperament that is well balanced. With children the breed is generally playful. It also has a serious side. It will protect its family if someone threatens to harm them in any way. The breed is not as loving and friendly to people it doesnтАЩt know. If other pets exist in the home, the breed will usually get along well with them. However, the breed may have not react so peacefully if other dogs live in the same household. In this situation supervision is recommended. It is a good idea to raise this dog with any other pets that you want in the household. Training is a good idea to eliminate the breedтАЩs tendency to be stubborn.

Height and Weight

Male height: 20 inchesMale weight: 55 poundsFemale height: 19 inchesFemale weight: 48 pounds

Health Problems

The Norwegian Elkhound is generally a healthy breed. The breed may develop hip dysplasia. Some types may develop minor health problems, including progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and pyotraumatic dermatitis.

Ideal Living Conditions

If given the choice, the Norwegian Elkhound would likely choose living conditions that place it as close as possible to its family. While the breed can easily adapt to just about any type of living conditions, it may be more suitable for outdoors. The breed is very energetic and needs room to run. Indoor living conditions are fine for this breed, as long as it receives sufficient exercise.


In most circumstances, exercise is not a problem for the Norwegian Elkhound. The breed has a high energy level and will typically obtain the exercise it needs. Indoor types require daily exercise to stay healthy and energetic. Exercises that work best for this breed are those that are very physical, such as running.

Life Expectancy

The Norwegian Elkhound has an average life expectancy of 10-12 years.

Litter Size

The Norwegian Elkhound has an average litter size of 7-14 puppies.


The Norwegian Elkhound has a dense coat that requires regular brushing. Other than this, the coat is basically self-maintained. The outer layer of the breedтАЩs coat is weather resistant and should not be washed excessively since this can ruin the coat. The breedтАЩs coat will typically shed heavily two times a year. The coat should be brushed more during shedding season.


The Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient breed that originates from Scandinavia.


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The Norwegian Elkhound is typically a shade of gray. The breed may have black markings on the tip of its tail, as well as its ears and muzzle.