The Norwegian Elkhound is one of the most ancient dog breeds in the world, originally used to hunt elk or moose. The breed possesses traits from both hound and spitz breeds, making them playful and hardworking by nature. The Elkhound is characterized by their thick double coat, upright ears and broad head. The breed are built to withstand the cold and snowy conditions of the Nordic region.
Personality: The Norwegian Elkhound is extremely energetic and has a bold and independent personality. Training from a young age is required to avoid bad and destructive behaviour in later years. Although not aggressive by nature, the breed make great watchdogs, cornering intruders or animals they perceive as a threat. The Elkhound is a headstrong breed and requires patients when training.
A great dog for: The breed make the perfect companion for energetic owners who are willing to spend time training and exercising their dog. Experienced dog owners will find the breed to make a great companion.
Favourite activities: Playing hard and exercising. Hunting and chasing qualities are still present in the breed so they tend to chase cats and other game animals.
Backyard requirements: Prone to destructive chewing and with high levels of energy, the Norwegian Elkhound requires room to move. A medium backyard will provide adequate space if exercised regularly.
Grooming: The Norwegian Elkhound’s unique double coat sheds a lot, losing its entire coat at least twice a year with season changes. During the season changes, brushing is required daily, otherwise weekly brushing will suffice. Ears should also be checked regularly for wax build up.
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