Norwegian Elkhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Norwegian Elkhound so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginNorway flagNorway
Other Names
What other names does the Norwegian Elkhound have?
Gra Norsk ElghundGray Norwegian ElkhoundHarmaa NorjanhirvikoiraNorsk ElghundNorwegian Moose DogSmall Grey Elk DogElkhound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Norwegian Elkhound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Norwegian Elkhound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Norwegian Elkhound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Norwegian Elkhound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Norwegian Elkhound gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Norwegian Elkhound?
Very frequent: The Norwegian Elkhound is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Norwegian Elkhound Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Norwegian Elkhound weigh? Norwegian Elkhound weight:
Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Norwegian Elkhound? Norwegian Elkhound average weight:
Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Norwegian Elkhound? Norwegian Elkhound height:
Male: 19-21 inches (48-53 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Norwegian Elkhound average height:
Male: 20 inches (50.5 cm), Female: 19 inches (48.5 cm)

Norwegian Elkhound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Norwegian Elkhound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Norwegian Elkhound's coat?
GrayWhiteSilverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Norwegian Elkhound and how often?
Average: The Norwegian Elkhound requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Norwegian Elkhound, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Norwegian Elkhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Gra Norsk Elghund?
Norwegian Elkhounds shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Norwegian Elkhound breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Norwegian Elkhound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Norwegian Elkhound every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Norwegian Elkhound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Norwegian Elkhound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertPlayfulIntelligentBoldLoyalStrongWilled
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Norwegian Elkhound? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Norwegian Elkhound's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Norwegian Elkhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Norwegian Elkhounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Norwegian Elkhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Norwegian Elkhound sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Norwegian Elkhounds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Norwegian Elkhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Gra Norsk Elghund need? Norwegian Elkhound social needs:
Norwegian Elkhounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Norwegian Elkhound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Gra Norsk Elghund bark?
A lot: Norwegian Elkhound is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice. The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.
Watchdog Ability
Is Norwegian Elkhound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Norwegian Elkhounds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Norwegian Elkhound dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Norwegian Elkhound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Norwegian Elkhounds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Norwegian Elkhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Gra Norsk Elghund? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Norwegian Elkhound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Norwegian Elkhound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Norwegian Elkhound has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Norwegian Elkhound bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Norwegian Elkhound, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Norwegian Elkhound do?
Norwegian Elkhounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Norwegian Elkhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Norwegian Elkhound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Norwegian Elkhound roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Norwegian Elkhound is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Norwegian Elkhound have high prey drive?
Norwegian Elkhounds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Norwegian Elkhounds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Norwegian Elkhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Norwegian Elkhound indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Norwegian Elkhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Norwegian Elkhound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Norwegian Elkhound temperament with other people:
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Norwegian Elkhound dogs get along with other pets? Are Norwegian Elkhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Norwegian Elkhounds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Norwegian Elkhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Norwegian Elkhound temperament with children:
Norwegian Elkhounds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Norwegian Elkhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Norwegian Elkhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Norwegian Elkhound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Norwegian Elkhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Norwegian Elkhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Norwegian Elkhounds good office dogs? Do Norwegian Elkhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Norwegian Elkhounds be office dogs?
No
Norwegian Elkhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Norwegian Elkhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Gra Norsk Elghund temperament with senior people? Are Norwegian Elkhound dogs good for elderly owners?
Norwegian Elkhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.

Norwegian Elkhound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Norwegian Elkhound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Norwegian Elkhound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Norwegian Elkhound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Norwegian Elkhound see the vet?
Average
The Norwegian Elkhound should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Norwegian Elkhound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Norwegian Elkhound be? What is the age limit of the Norwegian Elkhound? How many years can the oldest Norwegian Elkhound live?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Norwegian Elkhound: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Norwegian Elkhound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Norwegian Elkhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Norwegian Elkhound have? What is the activity level of the Norwegian Elkhound?
Norwegian Elkhounds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Norwegian Elkhound dogs require per day?
Norwegian Elkhounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Norwegian Elkhounds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Norwegian Elkhound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Norwegian Elkhound risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Norwegian Elkhound's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Norwegian Elkhound's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Norwegian Elkhound can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Norwegian Elkhound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Norwegian Elkhound drool?
The Norwegian Elkhound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Norwegian Elkhound could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Norwegian Elkhound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Norwegian Elkhound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Norwegian Elkhound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Norwegian Elkhound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Norwegian Elkhound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Norwegian Elkhound be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Norwegian Elkhound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Norwegian Elkhound be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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. Norwegian Elkhound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Norwegian Elkhound be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Norwegian Elkhound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Norwegian Elkhound be a boat dog?

Not really

Norwegian Elkhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Norwegian Elkhound be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Norwegian Elkhound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Norwegian Elkhound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Norwegian Elkhound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Norwegian Elkhound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Norwegian Elkhound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-10 puppies

Norwegian Elkhound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Norwegian Elkhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Norwegian Elkhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section.

Norwegian Elkhound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Norwegian Elkhound's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Norwegian Elkhounds are easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Norwegian Elkhound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Norwegian Elkhounds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Norwegian Elkhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Norwegian Elkhounds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Norwegian Elkhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Norwegian Elkhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Norwegian Elkhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Norwegian Elkhounds shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Norwegian Elkhound's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Norwegian Elkhound is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: Norwegian Elkhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Norwegian Elkhound History

The Norwegian Elkhound finds its origins in the rugged country of Norway. The breed can be traced back to almost 5000 BC, dogs similar to the Elkhound were used by the Vikings. The breed was a shipmate of the Vikings, they used them to herd the flocks, protect them from wolves and bear, to guard the remote villages’ tribes, to hunt, and ultimately to be a companion to the tribesman. The Norwegian Elkhound had survived more than six millennia with all his Nordic traits intact.

Even though the Norwegian Elkhound’s exact pedigree is questionable, and their exact history is shredded in Norse history and myths, it is presumable, that this breed is closely intertwined with the history of mankind. According to Viking traditions, when Viking masters died, they were buried alongside their relics, swords, and their devoted companions, thus Elkhound remains were found in Scandinavia from thousands of years ago, as a testament of their importance in the Nordic culture. The name Elkhound derives from the breed’s old quarry, the giant moose, elk, and other big wild animals. The breed specialized in following the scent of these dangerous and large creatures over long distances and holding them at bay while the trailing tribesman and hunters arrived.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of record and documentation, there are just presumptions about the breed’s true pedigree. Being a Spitz, it is derived from breeds that were domesticated six or seven thousand years ago in the northern parts of Europe. Nonetheless, DNA evidence suggests that the Elkhound, such as his cousin the Finnish Elkhound, was influenced by domesticated wolves which were cross-bred with local dogs. Even though the breed has a really long history, it remained unknown outside of its native land, until 1877 when it was discovered at the Norwegian Hunters Association Dog Show. After that, the breed became more sought after both on the Scandinavian peninsula and abroad. Shortly after this, breeders started to make efforts to develop a breed standard and documentation, while also shaping the Norwegian Elkhound into a serious competitor in the show rings. In 1901, the UKC (United Kennel Club) recognized the breed, later the AKC also registered them.

Nowadays, the Norwegian Elkhound is still used as its original function in remote villages in the northern parts of Europe as an all-purpose animal, as herders, guardians, and hunters. The dogs often need to face bears, wolves, and occasionally moose. Today two types of Elkhounds are known in Norway, the Loshund and the Bandhund. The latter works more silently to lead its owner in pursuit of a scent, Whereas, the Loshund roams ahead of the hunter and keeps the large animals at bay by leaping around it, barking loudly, until their hunting companion arrives. However, the rest of the world knows the Norwegian Elkhound as a devoted, loyal, and sporty companion.

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