The Elkhounds were bred to hunt Wolves, Moose and Elks, these animals are far larger then the Elkhound, But Elkhounds are brave dog and have the courage to hold their ground, stare in their eyes and bark at the same time to notify the hunters of their position.

Norwegian Elkhound 

Other Names:  Norwegian Elkhound, Norsk Elghund, Gra Norsk Elghund, Gray Norwegian Elkhound, Small Grey Elk Dog, Norwegian Moose Dog
Personality:  active  -  vocal  -  bold  -  independent  -  outgoing
Size:  19 to 21 inches  -  Weight: 20 to 23kg (44 to 50 lb)  -  Coat:  thick, short and medium length  Color:  various shades of grey  -  Life Span: 11 to 15 years.
* The Elk hounds can only live in cold environment. Warm environment may and mostly will do a serious damage to the dog and shorten the life significantly.  (Read the ‘Intro’ to know why)
*For an Elkhound to feel really satisfied and healthy, daily walks up to two or three hours would be ideal.
The Elkhound is originally a Spitz group of dog, but in UK it’s classified as a hounds group because it hunts by scent for track the quarry and alerts the huntsman by barking on a find.
The Elk Hound is a national dog of Norway and is one of the ancient spitz-dog. The Elkhound was used as Guard dog, Herd dog, and a Hunt dog in the freezing temperatures and deep snows, dense woods and rocky mountains where only the toughest of the breed could survive and perform, which the Elk hound exactly is.
The Elkhounds are tough as well as robust. These dogs naturally have an inseparable attachment with their owners and are pretty loyal as well. All Elkhounds have a sharp noisy bark which makes them apt as watchdog.
The Elkhounds have a have insulating, water resistant under coat that is as thick and dense as outer coat. The small ears reduce and heat loss and minimize the risk of frost bite, which the thick fur in and around the toes protect them from snow and ice. These dogs can survive in worst of cold weather and require daily care.
Special Characteristics:The Elkhound is active, playful and inquisitive.  

Exercise Requirements: High, the Elkhounds are very energetic and require abundance of play.  

Perfect Owner: Active and easy-going owner who have a tolerant neighbors who likes the Elkhounds independent, extrovert, nature and who can provide plenty of exercise and grooming. Most importantly the owner should be from cold regions.
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Owners: Independent, Loyal

Children: good

Other Pets: may be problematic with small pets

Strangers: reserved, Needs to be socialized well.

Unfamiliar Dogs: Can be difficult with dogs they live with
Potential Problems
  • This dog sheds loose hair in the house and needs daily grooming.
  • Needs plenty of Walks, to be satisfied this breed needs 2 to 3 hours of daily walks.
  • The Elkhounds Genetic Disorders include progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, renal problems and cysts.
  • The elkhounds are prone to thyroid problems.
  • These dogs can rapidly gain excessive weight and must not be over fed.
The Name Elkhound,registered in American Kennel Club, was derived from the original name "Norsk Elghund", which means "Norwegian moose dog". The breed was originally bred to hunt Elk, lynx, wolves and small games and originally evolved in the arctic regions such as Alaska, Scandinavia, Canada and Russia.
In conformation, these dogs are close to the northern wolf. The sharp, erect ears, the rather straight hocks, the lovely ruff around the neck and the tightly curled tail around their backs are the revealing signs of the Elkhounds origin, and they are indeed well suited for northern harsh environment.
From the stone age fossils found in Norway, its is clear that the breed has existed in Scandinavia for more then 5000 years and was originally bred for hunting Elk.