Good for Novice Owners:
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
Mini Elkhound Dog Breed Information
A Miniature Norwegian Elkhound is a cross between a Norwegian Elkhound and a Pomeranian. The goal of this cross is to pair the friendly nature and working dog skills of the Elkhound with the small size and friendly, affectionate personality of the Pom.
Mini Elkhounds tend to be affectionate, loving dogs with friendly, playful personalities. They can be reserved around strangers, but tend to warm up quickly as long as they have been properly socialized.
These dogs tend to get along well with children and other dogs. They can inherit a high prey drive and urge to chase from their Elkhound parent, so you will want to be prepared for extra socialization and training if there are smaller pets in the household.
Because both of their parents are highly adaptable dog breeds, you can expect a Mini Elkhound to be highly adaptable as well. As long as they get enough attention, mental stimulation, and exercise every day, they can adapt well to apartments as well as homes with fenced yards where they can run.
They do well in most climates, but are sensitive to heat. Their coat offers them some protection in the cold, but they may still need to bundle up in some winter dog products to stay warm in lower temperatures. Also, Mini Elkhounds bond closely with their families, so they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
Although mixed-breed dogs can sometimes be healthier than purebred dogs, it’s not a guarantee and good breeding practices make a big difference. Potential health conditions to be aware of in a Mini Elkhound include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, kidney issues, thyroid issues, and epilepsy.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing preventable issues to puppies. So, don’t be afraid to ask them about the health and genetic history of both of the parents. You can also ask about any health clearances or tests that have been done.
Miniature Norwegian Elkhound puppies are intelligent, eager to please, and pick up on things quickly. But, this also means they get bored easily. As long as first-time dog owners can handle this, Miniature Elkhounds are a good fit for them.
It’s not a bad idea to enroll in puppy training classes even if you don’t necessarily need them as they offer a lot of benefits. In addition to reinforcing training and strengthening the bond you have with your Mini Elkhound puppy, training classes also offer opportunities to socialize a puppy.
No matter which parent a Mini Elkhound takes after when it comes to their coat, they will shed year-round and heavier as seasons change. Brushing a few times a week, if not daily, will help remove tangles, prevent mats, and keep your dog more comfortable. They may only need a bath once in a while if they have an Elkhound coat or professional grooming every 4-6 weeks if they have a Pom coat.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Miniature Elkhound’s nails, ears, and teeth. Nails trims once or twice monthly help keep nails from growing too long. Checking weekly and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed can help prevent ear infections. Daily brushing or use of an enzyme toothpaste is an ideal start to good dental care for dogs.
Although they are playful and will have bursts of higher energy, the Mini Elkhound sits at a more moderate activity level. Daily walks plus playtime or another activity are usually enough for them. But, they will likely be up for more activity if you are.
Poms usually stand 8-11 inches tall and weigh 3-7 pounds while Norwegian Elkhounds usually stand 19-21 inches tall and weigh 45-55 pounds. Although the Pomeranian is generally the mother and Mini Elkhounds tend to run on the smaller side, there is always a chance they could grow to be bigger. So, you will want to be prepared for a fully-grown Mini Elkhound to be a small to medium-sized dog.
Miniature Elkhounds generally live for 12-15 years.