Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound

Breed Description +

Alert, intelligent, and energetic dogs and are usually good with children. Can have an independent streak but responds well to a reward-based approach to training involving treats or favorite toys. Like activities such as tracking, hunting, herding, agility, sledding, flyball, musical canine freestyle, rally and competitive obedience. Is an excellent watch dog due to its tendency to bark.
  • AKC Name:

    Norwegian Elkhound

  • Common Name(s):

    Elkhound, Norsk Elghund, Grahund, Swedish Grey Dog

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  • Observed Weight:

    35-70 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    38-60 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 18 - 21


The Norwegian Elkhound was bred to be a hunting dog and the breed combines the hunting skills of a hound with the physical advantages of the Spitz. There is reason to believe that the ancestors of the Norwegian Elkhound date as far back as the Stone Age and for many years, the breed was even considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds in England. The actual known history of the Norwegian Elkhound dates back to around 5000 BC, when the breed was used to hunt big mountain game such as elk and moose. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913. Although it is a fairly popular family pet, the Norwegian Elkhound is still a working dog in its native Scandinavia.

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