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AKC Meet the Breeds: Norwegian Elkhound

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

A solid, sturdy hunter of moose, bear, and other wild animals, the Norwegian Elkhound has a temperament that is dignified, independent, and, generally, friendly. A hardy silver-grey dog with distinctive harness and saddle markings and medium in size and substance, the Norwegian Elkhound is not only known for its hunting ability but also for its versatility and stamina, which in rugged terrains remains unparalleled.

A Look Back
The Norwegian Elkhound comes down to us through more than six millennia with all his Nordic traits untainted. An ancient breed from Scandinavia, the Elkhound worked as a hunting and guard dog for the Vikings. The dogs tracked, encircled, and held game such as bear and moose for the hunter. The breed was not shown until 1877, when the Norwegian Hunters' Association held its first show.

Right Breed for You?
The Norwegian Elkhound is bold and energetic, is an effective guardian yet normally friendly, and does well with children, especially when introduced to them at a young age. The Elkhound is a very people-oriented breed and does not like to be shut away from its family. The breed does require regular exercise, but does not require elaborate grooming procedures.

  • Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1913.
  • Ideal size ranged from 19 1/2 to 20 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder and 48 to 55 pounds.

 

 

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