Elkhound Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Norwegian Elkhound is a member of the Spitz family, quite different to the long- legged or short-legged hounds, he stands foursquare with a deep plush coat that insulates and throws off rain and snow. The Elkhound was bred in Norway to hunt Elk, a large, antlered animal so clearly has tremendous courage. Remains have been found of dogs dating back to the Stone Age which have a clear resemblance to the modern Norwegian Elkhound.
The Spitz breeds are all believed to have descended from an original Arctic division of the wolf and they share in common the weatherproofing coat of the rest of the Spitz family. Survival in an inhospitable climate would have required great strength of character and this is demonstrated in the Norwegian Elkhound today. He is fearless, bold and independent and protective of his own territory. He can be very vocal and will certainly see off any unwelcome visitors; if you wish to minimise his barking then ground rules will have to be made clear with him at an early age. In an increasingly anti-dog society it is important to protect the interests of all dogs by awareness of their potential to cause nuisance.
A square built dog, the Norwegian Elkhound is 52cm in height, the bitches a little smaller, with a fairly substantial weight of 23kg making him a very solid medium sized dog. His ears are typically pricked and his tail tightly curled over his back. The coat is in shades of grey with much of the coat tipped in black, which lends a depth of colour and gives movement to the coat.
A strong and energetic hound he is, nevertheless, very happy to take life easy and settle down with the family for a less strenuous life. Given the opportunity The Norwegian Elkhound will live an active life but has no objection to settling for something a good deal less lazier with a full food bowl.
His coat is easy to care for with regular brushing and a comb through. Dirt falls off him easily and the weather-resistant coat shakes off rain. A family dog, he enjoys being part of a busy family and fully participates in their lives, however busy.
Naturally healthy dogs, breeding stock should be screened under the BVA/KC Schemes for Hip Dysplasia and PRA.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.