Elkhound Rescue Fund

Living with a Norwegian Elkhound


The Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient hardy spitz breed, a loyal companion, friendly and outgoing, a great character. They make a good family dog as they are an active breed and love to be with their human family throughout the day. They don't require a huge amount of exercise but will take all you can give, they probably eat less than another breed of comparable size, and portions should be watched as they are prone to weight gain.

Due to their thick coat they will require regular grooming and if living in centrally heated homes will shed profusely during their annual moult, not a breed for the ultra house proud. In general they are good with children as they love a game of rough and tumble, but children should be taught to respect the dog and be aware of their size and strength, accidents can happen when an exuberant Elkhound knocks a child or elderly person over. They can be excitable and barking can become a problem if not kept in check. They will let you know if strangers are about and their bark is usually a good deterrent to any intruder.

The Elkhound is highly intelligent but with a mind of its own, they prefer to think for themselves, so it is up to you the owner to guide them in the right direction, you must be firm but never harsh, be consistant with your house rules, if you allow them to grace your furniture one day don't scold them the next for doing it again, they learn quickly both good and bad habits. They do like company so if you spend many hours away from home an Elkhound is not for you, they will become bored and look for ways to amuse themselves, not always to your liking. To come home to a wrecked room is not pleasant but is it really the dogs fault? An older dog may enjoy its own company for a little longer, but as a rule youngsters don't like being left for long, can you give an Elkhound the attention it needs?