Norwegian elkhound (grey) is a brave and energetic hunting dog suitable for active owners.
In Norwegian, elkhound means moose dog! Moose is what we desire the most.
Today's moose dogs are characterized, by an eccentric mood and affectionate behavior towards our owners. It is possible to train us to become relatively obedient dogs.
But we are highly independent. So, if you have as ambition to compete in obedience, Norwegian Elkhound dogs are probably not for you.
Norwegian Elkhounds are best suited for owners who hunt
We must get enough physical exercise. We need to be used for something practical. By nature, we prefer hunting as our main outlet for energy.
We are pleasant family dogs when we are used the right way. We work well with both adults and children if they know how to handle us.
For strangers, we might act a little reserved. However, when we familiarise ourselves with newcomers, it doesn't take long to form strong bonds.
Needs plenty of exercise!
Norwegian moose dogs (grey) need a lot of activity to become calm, happy dogs. It is in our blood to be active and useful. We have been genetically tailored to become specialized hunting dogs through the centuries. As our name suggests, we are perfect for moose hunting. It is our one desire.
If you live in a small flat and do not hunt, you should look for another breed. If you live in a spacious place where I can frolic and want a hunting buddy, I can be something for you.
Norwegian moose dog (grey) makes a lot of noise.
We are howling dogs.
Like most Spitz dogs, we come with sound. We are skilled barkers who know how to activate your tinnitus. Our voice can be a helpful tool, both for me and you. The key is to train us to understand when it's okay for us to bark or howl.
Much of our vocalizing is instinct-based and can be challenging to control.
We also have a prevalent guard dog instinct. We will alert our owners when someone enters the driveway.
Strong hunting instincts
Norwegian Elkhound dogs have distinct hunting instincts. This means that we can decide to run after big game if we get the scent of them. It is crucial to train a lot on a reliable summons.
We are usually kind to other dogs, but we can be somewhat territorial.
Much of this depends on our upbringing. If we grew up on a farm, there is a good chance we'll act behaved around other animals. If it's the first time we meet cats or cows, we will most likely seek them out due to our curiosity. Barking will likely occur.
Fortunately, our coats are easy to care for. We only have to bathe when needed. We have periods of shedding. It happens about once or twice a year, during seasonal changes.
Robust and healthy breed
Norwegian Elkhound (grey) are robust and healthy dogs. We generally have few health problems. Like with other dogs, disease or illness can occur. Most associated with us is the inherited kidney disease progressive nephropathy, heart disease, and glaucoma.
On average, we live for 10-12 years.
Norwegian elkhound grey is medium-sized dogs and usually weigh between 15-20 kg.
Height, females: 49 cm
Height, males: 52 cm