Norwegian Elkhound

Hound Group

Norwegian Elkhound lying down in grass

Height at Shoulders

Females ~19.5 in, Males ~20.5 in

Weight

Females ~48 lbs, Males ~55 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Norwegian Elkhound originated in Norway, perhaps as long ago as 4000 or 5000 BCE. Remains of dogs resembling Norwegian Elkhounds have been found in western Norway from around this time. Their name is a bit of a misnomer as they hunted moose, not elk. In Norwegian, Norsk Elghund means "moose dog," so there was likely some confusion in translation. They are also not true hounds but found their way in the hound group due to their function: trailing and keeping game at bay.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Norwegian Elkhounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★

★★

★☆

★★

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★★


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★★

Common Traits

  Very affectionate and love to give and receive attention

Generally don't like toys but love to romp- especially in the snow

Can become very destructive if bored or underexercised

Will try to assume alpha role in the house if not taught otherwise

Strong-willed and independent- won't partake in traininng just to please you, but will consider it for a treat