This beautiful and sturdy looking dog is also known as the Norsk Elghund, which translated means Norwegian Moose Dog.
The Elkhound, though generally classified with the hound dog breeds, doesn't actually have any hound genes, but likely has some connection with spitz breed lines.
It may come as no surprise, that this very handsome breed is the National Dog Of Norway. With tons of stamina and a gentle nature, they are tough yet mild mannered and make good family pets.
Appearance, Coat and Care
Height: 18-20 inches
Weight: 48-55 lbs.
Color variations: Double-coated in gray with black tips, although it can be just gray or black, with the latter being quite rare.
The Elkhound's thick double coat sheds year-round and needs regular brushing and combing especially during the time of its seasonal heavy shedding. Most owners appreciate the little-to-no dog odor of the breed and that they only need an occasional bath.
Because of his heavy coat, this breed is happier in cooler climates. That being said, it is a also a good idea to have a professional grooming in the spring before the warm weather sets in and again in June. Otherwise this dog may get quite uncomfortable on warm days.
Though generally healthy, some of the health issues that may affect the breed include:
- hip dysplasia
- kidney disease such as Fanconi Syndrome
- potential for eye problems such as PRA, cataracts, glaucoma etc.
One caution is for owners to be diligent during warm weather that this dog does not overheat.
Secure fencing of the outdoor area is a must due to his strong hunting instincts plus his talent for digging.
As mentioned previously, they are best suited to cooler climates - need not be as extreme as the ones in which they originated, but areas which experience high heat would definitely not be ideal!
Norwegian Elkhound (KCB)
Covers breed history and characteristics, behavior, puppy selection, feeding, training, and preventative health care. Also has advice about preparing for a new puppy, housetraining and preventing puppy problems. Lots of color photos.
Recommendations about selecting and caring for the breed. Good for someone considering the breed, or the younger owner. Covers breed history, description, grooming, selecting and bringing home a puppy, nutrition, housetraining, general health care, breeding, and owner responsibility. About 1/3 of the book is breed specific and the remainder is general dog information. Good color photos.
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