Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian_Elkhound (1)Norwegian Elkhound History:

In terms of Genetics, the Norwegian Elkhound can only be found in Scandinavia. It is said to be the result of crossing a female wolf and a male dog. Its main purpose is to guard and hunt. In the ancient times, it was associated with the Vikings.


They have a medium, sturdy and squarely built, and weigh about 44-51 lbs with a height of 19.5–20.5 inches. Their coat is coarse, straight, with soft undercoat with a black and white color typically. Their eyes are dark brown with a keen, friendly expression and have a broad head. Limbs are straight and parallel, and ears pointed and erect.


They are known to be strong and hardy but build up an inseparable loyal bond with their masters. They have loud barks so they are preferably watchdogs. They are loyal to their “pack” and make an excellent family. They are bold, playful, independent, alert, extremely intelligent, and a bit boisterous. They rank 36th in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs, being of above average working/obedience intelligence.


Norwegian Elkhounds sometimes carry a genetic predisposition to suffer from progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, renal problems, and cysts, particularly in later life. They are also prone to thyroid problems, rapid weight gain and must not be overfed. They have a lifespan of 12–16 years.