Norwegian Elkhound Puppies

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An active, sweet, and devoted breed

If you're looking for a dog that’s really made it through the ages, then look no further than the Norwegian Elkhound. These pups sailed with Vikings on ships and now they're ready to play tug of war in your living room.

Norwegian Elkhound At a Glance

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Norwegian Elkhound At a Glance

  • Size: 18"-22", 45-60 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Coarse, straight outer coat with a soft undercoat
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Hound
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Norwegian Elkhound Breed Guide

Learn More About Norwegian Elkhounds

  • Temperament

    Norwegian Elkhounds are smart and energetic dogs that are extremely loyal, making them excellent companions. The Elkhound is naturally inclined to be friendly to everyone, family and strangers alike. They are an independent and strong-willed breed, which may present challenges during training. However, as long as training is consistent, firm, and kind, the Elkhound won't have a hard time catching on. Despite being friendly and amiable, the Norwegian Elkhound is very possessive of its family and makes a great watchdog, although is seldom aggressive. These dogs thrive on human interaction and are happiest when around people and shouldn't be left alone for unreasonable amounts of time.

  • Health

    These dogs can suffer from cherry eye retinal disease like most dogs, and also have experience with heart disease and failure.

  • Activity Level

    These dogs have a decent amount of energy that can easily be burnt out if you let them play outside long enough or take them out for walks. It’s in their blood to walk along Vikings, so be sure to keep them active.

  • Grooming

    These pets are made to be shown off, and many are entered in shows. Their fur isn't hard to maintain as it doesn't get very long, however, constant baths wouldn't be a bad idea if your favorite little pup is always outside and running around.

  • Shedding

    Norwegian Elkhounds don't shed too much in general, but they do shed very heavily two or three times a year.

  • Appearance

    Norwegian Elkhounds look like short-haired wolves with curled tails and a proper stance. They can range in colors and have kind faces with goofy tongues rolling outside of their mouths. These dogs usually have coats that are black and gray; black and silver; or black, white, and silver.

  • History

    The Norwegian Elkhound originated in Norway, where it can be traced back about 1,000 years. However, it's possible that the breed has been around since long before that, perhaps as early as 5000 BCE. What researchers do know is that the Norwegian Elkhound was a popular mainstay among the Vikings and the rest of Norwegian culture. It was used to guard flocks, track down prey, and protect homes. It wasn't until 1877 that the Norwegian Elkhound entered the spotlight after the Norwegian Hunters Association held its first dog show. The breed gained popularity in America after President Hoover was given a Norwegian Elkhound as a gift from Norway. The breed gained American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition in 1913 and has since been moderately popular in the United States.