Other Names: Elkhound, Norsk Elghund, Grahund, Swedish Gray Dog Country of Origin: Norway Lifespan: 12-13 Years Male Height: 20.5 Inches Male Weight: 55 Pounds Female Height: 19.5 Inches Female Weight: 48 Pounds
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The Norwegian Elkhound is a nimble, quick, courageous, playful, and independent dog. Their stamina is legendary, therefore a solid run behind a bike or some other form of vigourous exercise on a daily basis is necessary. This dog is known to have excellent hearing, and a loud voice which it enjoys using.
The Norwegian Elkhound has a thick weatherproof coat, so it is no surprise that he is most happy in the great white outdoors. This dog loves to go places, but if you plan on walking, understand that your Norwegian Elkhound will pull you there by his leash.
The history of the Norwegian Elkhound dates back 6,000 years where they are mentioned in Norse Sagas alongside their Viking masters. The Vikings used them for guard work, hunting, and they took them on their long expeditions abroad. The breed has changed very little over the last 6,000 years.
In the latter part of the 19th century the breed became known in Great Britain. In fact a Norwegian Elkhound found his way into the Royal Family in 1895; President Eisenhower also had one as a pet. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1930.
Most importantly, the Norwegian Elkhound was used for hunting Elk or what we call Moose in North America. He would locate the Elk, follow him and hold him in one spot until the dog's master would come and shoot it. In order to avoid the Elk's antlers and hooves, the Norwegian Elkhound had to be fast and nimble. He also had to have great stamina because the hunt would often go all day long. They are rumoured to be able to smell their prey over a distance of several kilometres.
Though classified as a hound, the Norwegian Elkhound is a true spitz.
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