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Norwegian Elkhound

A medium sized spitz type, the Norwegian Elkhound is a compact and powerful dog with a square build and proud carriage. Typical of the spitz breeds, the Elkhound has a profuse coat, attractive pricked ears and tail carried curled over the back.  

12–15 years
23kg for males and 20kg for females
52cm for males and 49cm for females
Shades of grey with the topcoat tipped in black
Kennel Club Group
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Norwegian Elkhound can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia 
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness
- Fanconi syndrome¹ which is a condition where the kidneys stop functioning normally 
- Glaucoma which is a painful condition where the pressure in the eye builds up 
- Chondrodysplasia which is an inherited type of dwarfism which affects the way the bones develop

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme 
- Eye screening scheme 
- DNA test for progressive rod cone degeneration, progressive retinal atrophy, which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition.

¹R. A. Hostutler et al, 'Transient proximal renal tubular acidosis and Fanconi syndrome in a dog', May 2004, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 


Sociable, confident and proud, the Elkhound is an energetic dog with plenty of stamina. They are a natural watchdog and therefore tend towards being rather vocal. Despite their independent nature, the Elkhound makes a good family pet and does enjoy the company of human family, and other dogs. 

Did you know?

Their name can lead to confusion. The Elk that the Elkhound originally hunted are what much of the world knows as the moose. This is an animal from the New World deer subfamily, and they stand around 7ft tall at the shoulder and can weigh over 500kg, and are not particularly friendly or easy going. To hunt one and hold one at bay until a hunter can arrive requires incredible stamina, tenacity and bravery, and a good deal of common sense and caution too! The Elkhound is therefore comparatively small, but in attitude, pretty mighty!