|Group:||Hounds (Group 4)|
|Club:||Hound Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 4)|
|Phone:||0423 663 609|
Background As the name implies, this dog originated in Norway and was used for hunting large game. A very rugged and robust dog built for endurance, bred and trained as a hunter and tracker, the Elkhound displays a very acute sense of smell and hearing.
Average Lifespan Elkhounds are basically healthy and have a tendency to live on into a very ripe old age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Temperament will vary from one individual to another, but an Elkhound is not normally aggressive by nature and can be relied upon not to attack without VERY extreme provocation. Normally friendly, even with strangers, his bear-like look, deep resounding bark, and large white teeth can discourage most unwanted visitors. An Elkhound can be protective, even possessive, of his human family and his property making him a commendable watch dog.
Compatibility with other pets When several Elkhound are kept together it is usually found that they have their own leader. In temperament towards other dogs, the Elkhound is friendly though no coward and any aggressor will quickly find himself on his back. But by nature they are not aggressive dogs.
Care Requirements Elkhound are very energetic and need to have consistent exercise daily (20-30 minutes twice a day) or they may have trouble adjusting to the calm house pet role expected by most owners. The undercoat sheds profusely twice a year, usually at six month intervals; guard hairs are shed approximately every other year. Regular grooming is advisable and an absolute necessity when shedding. A most unusual physical characteristic of the breed is the absence of "doggy odour". Given a proper diet, reasonable exercise and clean living conditions, the Elkhound is an extraordinary maintenance free dog.
Ideal Owner/s With children he is an ideal playmate, entering into all the games with zest. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. He is basically a fun dog, enjoying a romp with the family, but he is not a clown. And he needs companionship. If your lifestyle requires long periods of loneliness for the dog in your house, the "Elk" is not for you. The Elkhound is a dog for the enthusiastic and hardy owner.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Norwegian Elkhound and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.