The Norwegian Elkhound was originally bred to assist poachers in seeking and hunting large game such as bears, wolves, and moose (elk). Its fearlessness, coupled with an infectious sense of humour, led to Norway adopting this breed as its National Dog. Elkhounds have a multi-layered coat which typically comes in a mixture of grey, white, and black, some likening its appearance to that of a wolf. This is where the similarities end however, the Elkhound commonly famed as one of the most loving family breeds in existence. Extremely loyal, Elkhounds are devoted to protecting their masters no matter what the situation may be.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Despite their size, Elkhounds are known to do very well with children of all ages. It is important to note however that you should never leave young children unsupervised with a dog, irrespective of breed. Highly adaptable, Elkhounds are able to live comfortably in an apartment type setting, as long as their daily exercise requirements of between 30 and 60 minutes are met. The Elkhound loves to eat and so failure to meet these exercise demands will lead to the dog becoming obese, this potentially leading to a raft of health issues in future. Although affectionate towards humans, Elkhounds are hunters at heart and so without early socialisation can be aggressive towards other dogs and pets. These dogs are also known to be quite persistent barkers, especially if they become bored or disinterested.
Common Health Issues
Fanconi Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Sebaceous Cysts.