Unusual Breeds – Norwegian Elkhound

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Norwegian Elkhound

Country of Origin



The Norwegian Elkhound is undoubtedly gorgeous with his wolflike face and thick double coat of mid grey. Often the coat is a darker grey on the saddle with black tipping on the ears and tail with lighter grey on his chest and mane. A fluffy tail that curls onto his back is also a characteristic of the breed. The Elkhound is also known for his boldness, high energy levels and a penchant for barking.

Dog Breed Group



General: 1 foot, 7 inches to 1 foot, 8 inches tall at the shoulder


Males average 55pounds, Females average 48 pounds

Life Span

12 to 15 years


The Norwegian Elkhound is renowned for his energy and stamina which years ago made him the pride of the Vikings. Because of this, the Elkhound is not a breed for the couch potato – to get the best out of this dog, he will need two good walks a day.
The Elkhound is very protective of his family and is at his happiest when everyone is together. This quality, along with the fact that he likes to bark a lot, makes him a natural watchdog. However, don’t be fooled into thinking he is aggressive by nature, he is actually very loving and is particularly good with children.
This breed is also great fun. He will race you around the kitchen, howling for sheer fun, and when your mood is low, this kindhearted dog will plop his head onto your lap. That said, he is also a dominant dog, and will need early training to ensure he knows that you are the boss.