Country of Origin: Norway
  • Activity Level: high
  • Grooming Level: moderate
  • Trainability: moderate
  • Adaptability: moderate
  • Kid/Pet Friendly: often
  • Average Size: Medium
  • Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Prey Drive: moderate
  • Watchdog: very alert
  • Registered?: aca, akc
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Norwegian Elkhound Breed Profile








Shoulder height: 18 – 21 inches. Weight: 40 – 60 pounds.

The common coat color for the Norwegian Elkhound is gray with black. They usually have a black face with black ears. This dog breed has a dense double coat. Their top coat is straight and coarse, while their undercoat is soft and woolly.

Norwegian Elkhounds are alert, friendly, dependable, trustworthy, and independent.

The Norwegian Elkhound is great with children and is a natural watchdog and guard dog, protecting its territory and family.

This dog breed needs minimal grooming.

The Norwegian Elkhound typically will respond to commands. They do have a mind of their own and require firm, consistent training.

Norwegian Elkhounds should be exercised at least one hour per day which can consist of a run or free play.