The national dog of Norway, this Spitz breed of dog, the Norwegian Elkhound is an excellent guardian, nocturnal hunter of animals like moose, reindeer, mountain lions and bear and a good family dog. The devoted, active, adventurous, affable and compliant Norwegian Elkhound has a loud and continuous bark. This watchdog is mostly found in the Frigid, mountainous and forested Zones.
This ancient breed has been man’s companion for over a millennium, especially in the Stone Age. The Pariah dog is said to be the forerunner of the Norwegian Elkhound.
Size: Their height ranges from 18-20” and their weight lies between 18 and 30 kg.
Colour: It has a grey, white, black or silver coat. Its undercoat is generally lighter in colour.
Coating: Its undercoat is soft and dense with rough and straight hair on the top. It sheds its coat very often and produces thick fur.
Eyes and Ears: The Norwegian Elkhound has expressive dark brown eyes and pointed ears.
Tail: Its tail is curled tightly and it has a strong and medium built bone structure.
Head: A wide head, strong jaws and padded paws characterize this breed.
Free Norwegian Elkhound pups are found in fairly large numbers like 6-15 pups at a time.
Norwegian Elkhounds have a tendency to put on weight rapidly, so fattening foods and overfeeding should be avoided.
They like cool places and need rigorous exercise like running and jogging everyday.
They have a lifespan of 12-17 years.
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