The Norwegian Elkhound is a sturdy Spitz-type dog with a square build, a double thick coat, pricked ears, and a tightly curled plumed tail that is carried high over the back. The legs are straight and parallel. The coat color is light grey with black tips, giving a silvery appearance. Puppies are born black and lighten within a week.
The Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient breed originating in Scandinavia and documented as far back as the Stone Age (4,000-5,000 years ago) by skeletal remains. They later became companions to the Vikings and functioned as watchdogs and hunting companions. They have also been valuable as sled dogs.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a lively, bold, intelligent, outgoing, athletic dog that requires a lot of exercise. They can be a bit independent and headstrong, but this breed is friendly and trustworthy with children. As hunters, this dog should not be trusted with non-canine pets. This dog is not known for being great at obedience training, so firm, calm leadership is required to gain this dog's respect and loyalty.
Breed Club Links: Norwegian Elkhound Association of America
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