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Norwegian Elkhound

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Size: Medium (25 to 60 lbs.)
Lifespan: Long (12 to 15+ years)
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The Norwegian Elkhound, also called the "Dog of the Vikings," is a hardy, ancient northern hunter, guardian, companion, and defender. As both a member of the Hound and "Spisshunder" group, this ancient hunter is a scent hound that more closely resembles a Finnish Spitz, Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed or Siberian Husky, and was bred in the Scandinavian mountains to scout moose and pull sleds and skiers. Norwegian Elkhounds are great family pets, but are working dogs that must be engaged, exercised, and rewarded for their obedience. According to owners and rescue groups, these are good-natured, extroverted, and very affectionate dogs that look to form a partnership with their human companions and thrive on human love and interaction. Norwegian Elkhounds are good with kids and other animals, and make wonderful watchdogs.

General Care

Norwegian Elkhounds need ample exercise and grooming to be calm and commendable house pets. They have a double coat that must be brushed daily, and their undercoat sheds severely twice a year, but these dogs also are known for keeping themselves clean. Norwegian Elkhounds need to go for a run/play off-leash or a long walk for at least 20 to 30 minutes twice a day. This is an active, outdoor breed that needs both mental and physical stimulation, and because of the strong bonds it forms with its trainer/owner, will not look at a caregiver as a substitute. They are sensitive and intelligent dogs, but can be independent and obstinate, making consistent training a priority and a lifelong commitment. Common health problems include hip dysplasia, eye and ear disorders, cysts, and bladder issues. Uncommon for large, furry hounds, the Norwegian Elkhound lacks the common "doggie odor."

For more information on Norwegian Elkhound ownership and care, check out the Norwegian Elkhound Rescue.

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