Norwegian Elkhound

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Life span

15 Years


25 Kg


Hound Dogs

Norwegian Elkhound Overview

This amazing dog breed is known for having wolflike features. They’re incredibly smart and have a unique sense of humour. The Norwegian Elkhound is a courageous and energetic dog breed and is very protective of their family. They make excellent companions to their loved ones as they are loyal by nature and devoted to their close ones.

This dog breed does very well with young children as they’re patient and caring. They're very easy to train and love snuggles on their owner's lap and running in their local park.

They’re a medium sized dog breed and average a weight of 48 pounds for a female and 55 pounds for a male. For both male and female, they average 20 inches in height.

Norwegian Elkhound Characteristics

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Size InformationExercise Needs
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Size InformationChild Friendly
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Size InformationShedding
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Size InformationGrooming Needs
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Size InformationBarking
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History & Origin

The Norwegian Elkhound is the National dog of Norway and use to serve as a hunter and guard dog. The Norwegian Elkhound originated in Norway back in 1877.

Norwegian Elkhound Temperament

The Norwegian Elkhound has an inseparable bond with their family and is usually very loyal to their loved ones. They have a very sharp, loud bark which makes them suitable watchdogs. They're bold, alert, intelligent and playful; making them a great family dog. 

Norwegian Elkhound Training

The Norwegian Elkhound is very intelligent and therefore easy to train. They're eager to learn and tend to pick up new commands and tracks very quickly. The only downside to this is they can also pick up bad habits just as quickly and if so, this behaviour needs to be stopped immediately. This dog breed responds well to reward-based training and training should also be consistent. 


The Norwegian Elkhound requires moderate grooming and to help keep their coat in tip-top condition you should aim to brush it 2-3 times a week. As with all dog breeds, you should brush their teeth daily and clean their ears and paws frequently to prevent a build-up of dirt which can lead to infections. 


The Norwegian Elkhound is predisposed to a few health conditions. Please note that they will not necessarily suffer from each individual health condition and regular check-ups at the vets, balanced with regular exercise and healthy diet will help keep them healthy and happy. 

The health conditions are:

  • Renal problems
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cysts
  • Weight gain
  • Thyroid problems
  • Progressive retinal atrophy


Norwegian Elkhound Exercise Needs

The Norwegian Elkhound requires lots of exercise on a daily basis to help keep them fit and healthy. They should be getting between 60-80 minutes exercise on a daily basis with plenty of time off their lead to run around. Mental stimulation is important too to keep them mentally well-balanced. 

Children and other pets

The Norwegian Elkhound makes a wonderful family pet but isn't suitable for a family with young children. Playtime should always be supervised to prevent rough play. The Norwegian Elkhound has a strong prey drive and therefore not suitable around small pets. 

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