Norwegian Elkhound

Scent Hound


Norwegian Elkhounds from Castlebar Elkhounds

The Norwegian Elkhound is a good family pet and watchdog.  While normally friendly with strangers its loud bark and its “pearly whites” go a long way in discouraging unwanted visitors.  An energetic dog that requires daily exercise sessions.  OK for apartments only if it gets a strong daily workout.  It really enjoys a romp in the wild, but may go off on its own if it catches the right scent.  Training may be difficult and requires a firm and fair hand.  This dog can be very unforgiving if poorly handled.  They usually get along with other canines except in a direct male to male situation.  The jury is still out as far as non-canine pets are concerned.  May not be an issue if the dog was raised with other animals.  They are easily maintained with a regular brushing, and have very little “doggy” smell.

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Notes for owners
Medium Moderate OK for apartments but needs lots of exercise.  Likes cool climates.  OK with children.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Description

Norweigian Elkhound Association of America

NEAA Rescue Contacts

Norwegian Elkhound Rescue Elkhound Rescue



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