Get to know the Norwegian Elkhound
All you need to know about the breed
Energetic and determined Norwegian Elkhounds are best known in their grey iteration, with distinctive thick silvery fur tinged with darker “harness” marks, and pointy ears which give the breed a wolf-like look. A slightly smaller black version of the Norwegian Elkhound exists too.
Whatever the colour, while these affectionate and comical dogs may have been bred for the job of hunting large animals such as moose or bear, they now revel in playing and make delightful family pets. Once trained, Norwegian Elkhounds get on well with children, although they shouldn’t be left unsupervised with little ones. With a reputation for barking, they may take on the role of watchdog, whether you ask them to or not.
Training your Norwegian Elkhound will need to include plenty of food rewards (taken out of their daily rations of course!), or your independent-minded canine may just not be interested. Socialisation is important too: they need to get used to people and other animals early and learn their position in the pack, rather than assuming they’re the leader.
Norwegian Elkhounds are gregarious and affectionate – be warned, they may chewing or bark if left alone for long periods. After so many millennia living alongside their human companions, who can blame them?
2 facts about Norwegian Elkhounds
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Norwegian Elkhound