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Norwegian Elkhound


General Information - Norwegian Elkhound


Group:
Hound

Size:
large

Lifespan:
10-12 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
medium

Trainability:
very low

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
high

Area of Origin:
Norway

Date of Origin:
Ancient times

Other Names:
Elkhound, Norsk Elghund

Original Function:
Hunting elk (moose)



History

The Norwegian Elkhound, known in its homeland as the Norsk Elghund, dates back to Antiquity, existing in Scandinavia for at least 5000 years as early as the time of the Vikings. The modern version was refined at the end of the 19th century. This hardy dog is very versatile, in that it hunts large game such as elk, wolves and lynx, retrieves small game such as rabbits, pulls sleds, and is used on the farm to herd small farmyard animals such as ducks and chicken. This active dog will require exercise on a daily basis.

Temperament

Enthusiastic and friendly the Norwegian Elkhound make an excellent family dog. Its independent nature sometimes makes it resistant to obedience training, and they may bark a lot. Norwegian Elkhounds make excellent guard and watchdogs. They are friendly and energetic and have very docile dispositions.

Upkeep

The Elkhound was developed to hunt all day under grueling conditions. It needs daily exertion in order to feel satisfied. This can be in the form of a good jog, very long walk or invigorating play session. It can live outdoors in temperate or cool climates, but it is happiest living with its family. Its double coat needs brushing twice a week and daily during main shedding season when it sheds a lot.