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Norwegian Elkhound vs Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Norwegian Elkhound vs Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund" Compare Norwegian Elkhound and Finnish Lapphund. Which is better: Norwegian Elkhound or Finnish Lapphund or Swedish Lapphund?
Name Norwegian Elkhound Finnish Lapphund Swedish Lapphund
OriginsNorway Finland Sweden
Group Hunting Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank91173328
Reviews010
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Other Names Elkhound, Norsk Elghund, Grå Norsk Elghund, Gray Norwegian Elkhound, Small Grey Elk Dog, Norwegian Moose Dog, Harmaa Norjanhirvikoira Lapinkoira, Suomenlapinkoira Svensk lapphund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2011 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Breed Recognition No set No set American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Price $500-$700 $600-$800 $400-$600

General Appearance - Norwegian Elkhound vs Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund

Size Large Medium Medium
Weight Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) 37-42 pounds (17-19 kg) Male: 40-44 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16–18 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) 39.5 pounds (18 kg) Male: 42 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 39.5 pounds (16–18 kg)
Height Male: 19-21 inches (48-53 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm) Female: 16–19 inches (41–47 cm), Male: 18–20 inches (46–52 cm) Male: 18-20 inches (45-51 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 20 inches (50.5 cm), Female: 19 inches (48.5 cm) Female: 16–19 inches (41–47 cm), Male: 18–20 inches (46–52 cm) Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care - Norwegian Elkhound vs Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund

Coat Dense Fluffy Fluffy
Colors Gray
White
Silver
Black
Brown
Tan
Blonde
Cream
Wolf
Sable
Black
White
Brown
Black
Grooming
Average: The Norwegian Elkhound requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Swedish Lapphund requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Norwegian Elkhounds shed above average.
Finnish Lapphunds are heavy shedders.
Swedish Lapphunds are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Norwegian Elkhound vs Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund

Temperament Alert
Playful
Intelligent
Bold
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Calm
Faithful
Keen
Courageous
Friendly
Affectionate
Kind
Trainable
Alert
Lively
Versatile
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Norwegian Elkhound's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Swedish Lapphund's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Norwegian Elkhounds are easy to train.
Finnish Lapphunds are easy to train.
Swedish Lapphunds are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Norwegian Elkhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Finnish Lapphund is a playful breed.
The Swedish Lapphund is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Norwegian Elkhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Finnish Lapphunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Swedish Lapphunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Norwegian Elkhounds need for social interaction is average.
Finnish Lapphunds need for social interaction is average.
Swedish Lapphunds are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Norwegian Elkhound is a very vocal breed.
High: The Finnish Lapphund is a very vocal breed.
High: The Swedish Lapphund is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Norwegian Elkhounds are one of the best watchdogs.
Finnish Lapphunds are one of the best watchdogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Norwegian Elkhounds are average defenders.
Finnish Lapphunds are average defenders.
Swedish Lapphunds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Norwegian Elkhound has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Finnish Lapphund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Swedish Lapphund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Norwegian Elkhounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Finnish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Norwegian Elkhound is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Finnish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Swedish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Norwegian Elkhounds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Finnish Lapphunds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Norwegian Elkhounds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Finnish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Swedish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Norwegian Elkhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Finnish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Swedish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Swedish Lapphunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Norwegian Elkhound vs Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund

Stranger Friendly
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Finnish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Norwegian Elkhounds are kid-friendly dogs.
Finnish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Finnish Lapphunds are average friendly towards cats.
Swedish Lapphunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Finnish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Norwegian Elkhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Finnish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Swedish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Norwegian Elkhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Finnish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Norwegian Elkhounds are generally with other pets.
Finnish Lapphunds are generally with other pets.
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Norwegian Elkhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Finnish Lapphunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Swedish Lapphunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Norwegian Elkhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Finnish Lapphund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Swedish Lapphund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Norwegian Elkhound vs Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund

Health Issues
The Norwegian Elkhound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Finnish Lapphunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
Health Problems No set No set Allergies
Ear Infections
Eye Infections
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Norwegian Elkhounds are high energy dogs.
Finnish Lapphunds are high energy dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Norwegian Elkhounds need quite a lot of exercise.
Finnish Lapphunds need a lot of exercises.
Swedish Lapphunds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Norwegian Elkhounds don't need too much sleep.
Finnish Lapphunds don't need too much sleep.
Swedish Lapphunds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Norwegian Elkhound can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Finnish Lapphund can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Swedish Lapphund can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Norwegian Elkhound has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Finnish Lapphund has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Swedish Lapphund has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Norwegian Elkhound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Finnish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Swedish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Norwegian Elkhound vs Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies 2-9 puppies 4-6 puppies

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