The Norwegian Elkhound has a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years.
The Norwegian Elkhound hails from Scandinavia and is believed to have existed as far back as 5000 B.C. The Norwegian Elkhound was prized by the Vikings and used to hunt large game, guard property and people, and serve as a companion. The breed was adept at working along the rough, icy terrain of Northern Europe and is still seen hunting moose in Norway today.
The Norwegian Elkhound weighs 48 to 55 pounds and measures 19.5 to 20.5 inches.
The Norwegian Elkhound has a long double coat made up of a soft undercoat and rough top coat. The Norwegian Elkhound is a moderate shedder, but completely blows their undercoat twice a year. Most of the time, the Norwegian Elkhound can be brushed once a week; however they need more frequent brushing during their heavier shedding seasons. The Norwegian Elkhound only requires a bath when dirty.
Like all dogs, the Norwegian Elkhound also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Norwegian Elkhound is good-natured and lively.
The Norwegian Elkhound adores their family and is happiest spending time with them. The Norwegian Elkhound likes to be involved and included, and can grow depressed if left in the yard all day. They thrive on interaction and need regular attention.
Norwegian Elkhounds are friendly to almost all they meet and can get along quite well with children, especially if they are raised with them. However, they are known for being quite rambunctious and vigorous playmates. Therefore, they tend to do best with older children that can withstand their boisterous nature.
The Norwegian Elkhound is welcoming, but nonetheless makes an effective watch dog. The Norwegian Elkhound is steady, courageous and alert. Their general demeanor is easygoing, but they will bark – and bark a lot – if something seems out of the ordinary.
The Norwegian Elkhound was bred to be an independent thinker and is not naturally obedient. They can be strong willed and respond best to short, varied training sessions along with positive reinforcement. Norwegian Elkhounds are as sensitive as they are stubborn, taking both praise and discipline equally to heart. They are intelligent and will learn, but require patient, consistent training.
As part of their training, the Norwegian Elkhound also needs early socialization. They can be wary of new people if not well socialized and trained.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a hunting dog and therefore very energetic and athletic. They love running around outside and, if not used for hunting, Norwegian Elkhounds need regular time in a secure yard for stretching their legs and playing. They also need long daily walks and can make good partners for jogging, biking and hiking. Regular activity is important for this breed or they can act out and become destructive.