Norwegian Elkhound

A.K.A. : Norsk Elghund, Grå Norsk Elghund, Gray Norwegian Elkhound, Small Grey Elk Dog, Norwegian Moose Dog, Harmaa norjanhirvikoira
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Overview: The Norwegian Elkhound has the courage, agility and stamina to hold big game at a distance and the endurance to track for hours in all types of weather and terrain. They are extremely versatile.
Breed Group: Hound
Weight (lbs): 44 - 50 lbs.
Height (in): 19 - 21 inches
Colors: Gray with black tipped hairs. The muzzle, ears and tail tip are black.
Coat: Dense, smooth lying, weather resistant, outer-coat is coarse and straight with an under-coat that is soft and wooly. Shedding is year-round.
Character: The Norwegian Elkhound is straightforward, equable, friendly and gentle characters. They make a great family pet and home guardian as they are very loyal and protective. The Norwegian Elkhound puppies are born black but turn gray in about a week as their fur develops.
Temperament: The Norwegian Elkhound is alert, friendly, dependable, trustworthy, independent, dominant
Care: Its double coat needs brushing twice a week and daily during main shedding season when it sheds a lot.
Training: Early training is necessary especially in the area of barking. It is suggested you begin at about 12 weeks of age. Too much barking should be discouraged. Be firm with the Norwegian Elkhound as they have a mind of their own and are independent. Do not punish unfairly
Activity: The Norwegian Elkhound should be exercised at least one hour per day which can consist of a run or free play.
Country of Origin: Norway
Health Issue: Hot spots and shedding problems. Susceptible to subcutaneous cysts and tumors. Possibility to progressive retinal atrophy, lens luxation glaucoma and congenital kidney disease.
Life Expectancy: 10 - 12
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