Norwegian Elkhound

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Norwegian Elkhound Dog

Norwegian Elkhound puppy playing in the snow

The Norwegian Elkhound is a breed of dog that originated in Norway. Great companions and intelligent watchdogs Elkhounds were also used as hunting dogs where they hunt moose and other large animals such as bears or wolves.

Norwegian Elkhound can be a lovely pet companion for both experienced fur parents and novices, they are a friendly, athletic, confident, and dependable dog that can be a great addition to the house. They are very energetic and need regular physical and mental exercise, they are not suitable to live in small spaces like an apartment, a house with a wide backyard is advisable for them to live on, in your backyard it is better to have a tall and strong fence to keep them in your safe zone, Elkhound has a natural hunting instinct that they will run after small or large animals they will see especially if they don’t have proper training. If you love to have an energetic and affectionate dog this breed is the best buddy for you!

Norwegian Elkhound Dog Breed Pictures

  • Norwegian Elkhound sitting in white background
  • Norwegian Elkhound puppy playing in the snow
  • Sitting Norwegian Elkhound on the log bench
  • Norwegian Elkhound

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Hound Dogs


19 to 20 Inches tall at the shoulder


49 to 55 Pounds

Life Span

12 to 15 Years

Norwegian Elkhound Appearance

The Norwegian Elkhound is a sturdy and squarely built dog, their ears are erect and their eyes are almond in shape and comes in dark brown color. Norwegian Elkhound has a double coat, their topcoat is short and thick that lies smoothly to the body while their undercoat is dense, woolly, and soft. It usually comes in a medium gray color with black-tipped guard hairs, there is also a darker gray coloring on the saddle part of their body and black tipping on their ears and tail. They shed quite a bit so a regular brushing of hair is advisable. Bathe them every once to twice a week or if needed, and use the right shampoo and conditioner for their fur to make it soft, silky, and to eliminate any doggy smell. 

On the hot summer day, they are not advisable to stay outdoor, they are prone to heatstroke, make sure to give them enough clean cold water, stay them indoors for their safety.

Norwegian Elkhound Size

The Norwegian Elkhound is a medium-sized dog weighing around 22-25 kg (49 to 55 pounds), their height ranges from 48-51 cm (19 to 20 inches) tall at the shoulder. The exact size standards might vary but you can expect females to be slightly smaller than males.

Norwegian Elkhound Personality

The Norwegian Elkhounds have a strong relationship with their owner, they are extremely loyal, friendly, playful, and affectionate. Elkhounds love to be with their owner’s side and sometimes act as a lapdog, they enjoy playing with children too.

Norwegian Elkhound was bred as a hunting dog, they have strong and Confident personality, they have a sharp loud bark which makes them suitable as watchdogs in the house. They are advisable to live in a house with a large backyard where they can play and run freely, make sure that your back yard has a strong and tall fence because they have a tendency to run after small animals and wander around the neighborhood. 

Norwegian Elkhound Health

Norwegian Elkhound dog has an average life span of 12 to 15 years, They are generally healthy, but like other breeds of dogs, they are also prone to some diseases. It’s very important to schedule regular visits with your dog’s vet to keep them healthy.

Not all of them will get any or all of these diseases but the following are the common diseases they can have.

Ear InfectionsIt is a common canine health problem, and it can be caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal, and more.
Fanconi SyndromeIt is a hereditary disease of excessive drinking and urinating, a dog with this condition develop poor body condition and may experience decreased appetite and lethargy.
Periodontal Disease In DogsIt is an inflammation of some or all of a tooth’s deep supporting structures, it happens when food and bacteria build up along the gums and form plaque that when combined with saliva and minerals will transform into calculus or also known as tartar.
Canine Eye InflammationCanine Eye Inflammation may occur with unknown causes or events but it is often connected to many serious health problems. If your dog is suffering from eye inflammation in the outer skin and middle (muscle, connective tissue, and glands) of the eyes it is classified as Blepharitis, and if your dog is suffering from eye inflammation in the iris and ciliary body of the uvea of the eye it is classified as anterior uveitis, this may affect your dog’s vision and needs meditate veterinarian attention.
Dry Skin on DogsIt is often accompanied by dry and brittle hair, hair loss, and skin infections, and other symptoms that should be taken seriously.

Feeding & Nutrition

Dog’s diet should be appropriate to their age, size, and activity. Norwegian Elkhound can do well in dry dog food formulated for a medium-sized breed with high energy or even home-cooked food as long as it suits their needs.

The recommended daily amount of high-quality dry food you should give to Elkhound is 2 to 2.5 cups divided into two meals. Don’t give too many treats because it can make them obese. Don’t forget to have clean, fresh water available at all times for your dog.

If you have any concerns about your dog’s health especially weight ask your vet for proper advice.

How much is Norwegian Elkhound?

The Norwegian Elkhound puppies cost about $1200to $5800. While the basic cost of owning a dog range from $109 to $370 per month, it includes the food and treats, grooming, routine veterinary care, preventative medications and supplements, and lots more.

The Basic Costs of Owning a Dog

Type of ExpenseYearly Estimate
Food and Treats$250 to $700
Routine Veterinary Care (healthy dog)$700 to $2,000
Preventative Medications (to prevent heartworms, fleas, ticks, and other parasites) and Supplements (e.g. Vitamins, glucosamine or omega 3s)$200 to $600
Training Classes or Resources$25 to $300
Grooming$30 to $500
Dog Accesories (Toys, Beds, Leashes and Collars, etc.)$100 to $300
Average Monthly Cost of Owning a Dog$109 to $370
Average Yearly Total$1,305 to $4,400

The legit breeder puts a lot of effort into high quality and healthy breeding of dogs. They provide healthy Dog Foods, visit the Vet for check-ups, Vaccinations, Vitamins, and proper Grooming of the dogs. The breeder will coup up all the expenses he/she spent to provide a healthy breed to you so expect a little expensive.

Sitting Norwegian Elkhound on the log bench

Nowadays hundreds of thousands of dogs are being abandoned that’s why instead of buying I suggest you adopt! Support those in need give them love and a home to stay in for the rest of their life.

Note:  The expenses of Taking care of a Dogs does not end in buying one after you bought or adopt your Dog you must provide their necessary needs, like Visit Vet ones a year for their health check-up, Complete and follow up Vaccinations, Foods and provide Vitamins as their maintenance and the most important is Time to play and cuddle with them, I think that’s the most affordable one, giving attention to them, proper care and lots of love from you…

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