Northern dogs bred to withstand the cold, Elkhounds have a very thick coat requiring regular brushing and combing.
The Norwegian Elkhound is bold and energetic, an effective guardian yet normally friendly, and does well with children, especially when introduced to them at a young age. The Elkhound is a very people-oriented breed and does not like to be shut away from its family. The breed does requires regular exercise, but does not require elaborate grooming procedures.
Norwegian Elkhounds thrive on a balanced diet including quality protein and sufficient fat components to maintain muscle tone and coat quality.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Naturally clean and free of doggy odor, Elkhounds benefit from regular combing and brushing, especially during seasonal shedding. They do not require frequent bathing and should never be shaved in warm weather.
Today’s Norwegian Elkhound is a smart, even-tempered, all-around companion. Dogs of this breed are instinctively active and benefit from daily exercise. Obesity health problems occur if sufficient exercise is not provided. They make excellent watchdogs: fearless but sensible. They might be reserved around strangers but always sweet and affectionate with friends. Elkhounds are strong and tough, but, typical of hound breeds, they are really sensitive souls with a streak of independence. Whoever first described dogs as “man’s (or woman’s) best friend” must have been thinking of an Elkhound.
Norwegian Elkhound &HEALTH
Elkhounds are basically healthy when owners provide good nutrition and exercise. The incidence of genetic health problems in Elkhounds is relatively low.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Norwegian Elkhound can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.