Norwegian Elkhound Resource

Norwegian Elkhound

Honored as the national dog of Norway, the Norwegian Elkhound descends from spitz-type dogs that have been known in Scandinavia since Viking times (800-1000 AD). In its country of origin, the Elkhound has been used to pull sleds, tend flocks, guard home and family, and as a mountain rescue dog. This versatile dog has been used to hunt big game such as moose and bear, as well as smaller quarry, both fur and feather. The Elkhound is a compact, solidly built dog measuring about 20 inches at the shoulder, females slightly less. The coat is thick, abundant and weather-resistant in shades of gray with black tips. Thorough brushing about three times a week is the only grooming attention it requires. Although the breed adapts to city living, it is a rugged outdoor type that needs plenty of exercise and is at its best in the country. This breed makes an excellent family pet and guardian.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Medium Dog Breed
Silver-gray hair with black tips.

Dense double coat, medium-length outer guard hairs and dense, soft undercoat


Brush weekly, daily during twice-yearly shedding. Bathe when needed. Routine nail cutting and teeth cleaning.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 15 years
AKC Group:
Hound Group
UKC Group:
Northern Breed
19.5 to 20.5 inches at the shoulder
48 to 55 pounds
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Moose hunting, companion