- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: moderate
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-15 years
- Prey Drive: high
- Watchdog: very alert
Norwegian Elkipoo Breed Profile
A Norwegian Elkipoo is a cross between a Norwegian Elkhound and a Standard Poodle. Although a mixed-breed can inherit any combination of traits from their parents, a Norwegian Elkipoo tends to be an energetic, playful, and loving dog that bonds closely with their families.
Norwegian Elkipoo have a working dog and hunting dog background. They tend to be serious, focused, and determined when working a job. When they are “off the clock”, they are lovable and playful.
They tend to get along well with children and other dogs. However, they tend to have a high prey drive and urge to chase, so they may need extra socialization and training with other smaller pets in the household.
Elkipoo tend to be alert watchdogs with a distinctive bark and also tend to be reserved around strangers. Although they may be wary at first, they tend to open up and let their friendly nature shine once they have been introduced.
The Norwegian Elkipoo is a highly adaptable dog breed. Although they are best suited to homes with yards where they can run, they can adapt to apartment living. You just need to dedicate a lot of time each day to making sure they get enough exercise and mental stimulation.
They do well in most climates and are sensitive to heat. Because of their prey drive and urge to chase, they should only be let off-leash in securely fenced areas. They also do not like to be left alone for long periods of time because they bond so closely with their families.
Potential health conditions to be aware of in a Norwegian Elkipoo include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, kidney issues, epilepsy, and von Willebrand’s disease.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing preventable issues to puppies. So, make sure you are asking about the health and genetic history of the parents.
Like other barrel-chested breeds, the Norwegian Elkipoo is also at risk for bloat. There are some things you can do to help reduce the risk. Because bloat in dogs can become serious quickly, and fatal if gastric torsion occurs, it’s essential to know the symptoms so you can get to the vet immediately.
Although Norwegian Elkipoo are highly intelligent dogs that pick up on things quickly, they can be stubborn and independent. This can be a challenge for first-time dog owners to handle alone, so puppy training classes are recommended.
A Norwegian Elkipoo may have a Poodle parent, but that doesn’t guarantee a low-shedding Poodle coat. If they inherit a coat closer to their Norwegian Elkhound parent, they will shed year-round and blow out their undercoat twice a year. They’ll need daily brushing and the occasional bath.
If they inherit a coat closer to their Poodle parent, they won’t shed much, if at all. But, you’ll need to brush them daily to remove tangles and prevent mats. You’ll also need to visit the groomer every 4-6 weeks whether you keep their coat in a short clip or a longer one.
In addition to coat care, you also need to take care of your Norwegian Elkipoo’s nails, ears, and teeth. Cutting your dog’s nails once or twice monthly is usually enough to keep them from growing too long.
It’s also important to check your dog’s ears weekly to make sure they are clean, dry, and free of debris, pests, or irritation. By doing this and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed, you can help prevent ear infections.
Gum disease may be one of the most common health issues in dogs. By practicing good dental care for dogs, you can help make sure it’s not a problem for your Norwegian Elkipoo as they age. Brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is ideal.
Norwegian Elkipoo are high-energy dogs that need a job to do. Daily walks plus playtime, some time to run, and extra activity are usually enough for these dogs. But, if you are up for more activity, they likely will be too!
They are athletic dogs. So, once puppies finish growing, you can try a bunch of different activities with them to see what they like. Swimming, running, hiking, playing frisbee, going to the dog park, and more can all be enjoyable activities for you and your dog.
A fully-grown Norwegian Elkipoo usually stands 20-27 inches tall and weighs 40-70 pounds.
A Norwegian Elkipoo generally lives for 10-15 years.