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Norwegian Elkhound


Norwegian Elkhound Facts

  • Group
  • Herding
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 19.5" - 20.5"
  • Weight
  • 48-55 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Silver / Grey
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Ok outdoors

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Alternate Names

Norsk elghund gra, Norsk elghund sort


This breed originated in Scandinavia, Norway.

Date Of Origin

The Norwegian elkhound is rumored to have existed since 5000 B.C. however it was not recognized as a breed we know today until the 1800's.


The Norwegian elkhound is believed to be an ancient breed, in existence since the Vikings. Remnants of Norwegian elkhounds dating back 5000 years have been found with Viking remains and weapons, a testament to their importance in the Nordic culture. It was originally a hunter of large game, especially moose and bear. The elkhound is an exceedingly versatile dog developed through constant contact with man in the pursuit of game. It was not until 1877 that he began to be considered from an exhibition point of view. It was first brought to the UK after WW I and to the US in 1928.


The Norwegian elkhound is a medium-size, squarely built dog. It has a broad, wedge-shaped head with dark brown eyes; small, prick ears; and a foxy face. The tail is tightly curled over the back. It is double coated with a thick, coarse outer coat in gray, silver and black with a black saddle.


A loyal and friendly dog, it can be independent and stubborn, too. It is bold, courageous, and alert, a good watchdog. It gets along well with older children.


This breed is specialized in hunting elk, which it can sent from a distance of several kilometers. It is also highly prized as a sled dog; in case of war, the Norwegian defense minister has the power to mobilize all privately owned elkhounds in the country. It loves the hunt and vast unconfined areas, but due to its outstanding character and its adaptability, it can be a perfect companion dog, especially with children.

Health Concerns

Hypothyroidism, PRA, renal problems, sebaceous cysts

Additional Information

The elkhound does best with an active individual or family in the suburbs or country.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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