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Norwegian Elkhound Breed Profile

Norwegian Elkhound fact file

KC Group: hound
Size: large
Good with children?: yes recommended
Exercise requirement: lots
Good guard dogs?: yes
Moulting level: high
Grooming: moderate
Jogging partner: yes

Norwegian Elkhounds and their predecessors have provided companionship and assistance to mankind for centuries, guarding flocks and villages as well as chasing down prey for the huntsman. They are a wonderfully motivated and loyal breed yet still retain a sense of independence that can provide quite a challenge.

Norwegian Elkhound Character

An independent breed who will make an excellent addition to the family providing he is treated with respect and care. Their personality is generally out-going and friendly although they will respond poorly to ill treatment. Training will require patience.

Norwegian Elkhound Size

The Breed Standard specifies and ideal height of 52cm at the shoulder for dogs and of 49cm for bitches. They should weigh somewhere between 20-23kg

Norwegian Elkhound Health

A generally healthy breed with the normal risks of Hip Dysplasia and joint defects in large breeds.

Norwegian Elkhound Special Care

Having been bred for life in Artic conditions, the Elkhound does not enjoy extremely hot temperatures so during warmer periods be sure to offer enough water, shade and cool spaces.

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