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Norwegian Elkhound

BREED GROUP: Hound
WEIGHT: 48 to 55 lbs
HEIGHT: 20 to 21 inches
COLOR(S): Gray coat, silver under coat with black muzzle.
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DESCRIPTION

The Norwegian Elkhound originated in Scandinavia and is one of the most ancient breeds, it is thousands of years old and has been around since the stone age. A skeleton similar to today's Norwegian Elkhound dating from 4000 to 5000 BC has been found. The Norwegian Elkhound is a sturdy, medium-sized Spitz-type dog. The body is short and squarely built. The back is straight and strong.

TEMPERAMENT

The Norwegian Elkhound is alert, bold, loyal and friendly. Although some may be somewhat reserved with strangers, it will greet family and friends it knows with enthusiasm. Docile, trustworthy and energetic, they are good child companions. Like other Arctic dogs, the Norwegian Elkhound has a mind of its own and is fairly independent, however they are affectionate with their family. They have an outstanding character, and are relatively clean compared to some other breeds.

GROOMING

The hard, coarse, weatherproof coat is easy to groom. It should be brushed regularly, with extra care given while the dog is shedding its dense undercoat. When the dog is shedding, the dead hair clings to the new hair. The dead hair should be removed with a rubber brush or a wooden comb with a double row of metal teeth. Bathe only when necessary, as it removes the natural oils in the skin. Like other Arctic dogs, they do not have the usual smell of dog hair. The coat is both water and dirt resistant. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder.

HEALTH

Prone to hip dysplasia, pyotraumatic dermatitis and PRA. Occasionally seen is Fanconi syndrome. Gains weight easily, do not over feed.

EXERCISE

The Norwegian Elkhound is a very energetic dog that thrives on strenuous activity. They need to be taken on a daily, long, brisk walk or jog. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. It should have at least an hour of exercise a day.

TRAINING

The Norwegian Elkhound can be somewhat difficult to obedience train. It is important to be firm with this dog, showing good pack leadership. They need firm, but gentle discipline. This breed likes to roam and bark. If their barking becomes obsessive they must be taught enough is enough after they alert you once, it's time to quiet down. Be fair when training this breed. If they are not 100% sure of their follower place in the world they can develop a tendency to fight with other dogs.



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