Norwegian Elkhounds are hardy, short-bodied dogs standing about 20 at the shoulder. They have a thick silver-gray coat and a tail curling tightly on the back. The deep chest, strong legs and muscular thighs belong to a dog made for an honest day’s work. The eyes are a dark brown color and the ears are mobile and bulging. Overall, an elkhound is a picture of the alert and tenacious dog of the north.
Alkhoid is a famous fine fellow and intelligent sentinel. Agility and herring trials are good outlets for their natural athletics and eagerness. Until introduction is reserved, an elkhound is a trusted friend. These strong, confident dogs are truly sensitive souls with the freedom fight.
From Vikings’ shipmates, protectors of remote farms, flocks of wolves and herds to flocks, a bear, a hunter and always a hunter, and restless wandering men, the Norwegian allround survived over six millennia with all its Nordic traits is. Intact, a fearless and friendly dog, devoted to mankind.
Elkhound looms in Norse history and myth. We read him in the epic sagas of ancient times, we find his remains distinct with the Viking’s sword and shield, evidence of the high affinity in which he stayed; And at Viste Cave in Jären in western Norway, his skeleton was found among stone tools dating from 4000 to 5000 BC. One of the most frequently told stories related to the breed is from the 12th century, in which the king of an elkhound in the land of Throndzhame was named.
The name Elkhound accepts the breed’s old quarry, the giant elk or moose. Elkhounds specialized in following the trail of these magnificent and dangerous creatures at a distance and dodging them until the trailing hunters arrived. Alkhoids do not see anything in warm clothes such as warm-eared, sleek-coated scanthoids, but are classified as sores based on their job description: leaving behind and holding a hot-blooded mine.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a hardy gray hunting dog. In appearance, a typical northern dog of medium size and substance, square in profile, closely coupled and proportionately balanced. The head is broad with prickling ears, and the tail is tightly curled and carried on the back. The distinctive gray coat is dense and smooth lies. As a hunter, the Norwegian Elkhound has the courage, agility and stamina to catch moose and other large game from bark and dodging attacks, and has the endurance to track longer and longer in almost all seasons.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days
The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time.
The Norwegian Elkhound has a “two-ply” coat, with a top coat and an undercoat. Elkhound breeders have warned potential puppy buyers that – during the Baha season there will be “tumbleweeds” of silver undercoats around their house. The outer coat will be shed as well, but not to the extent that the undercoat will. A clever brush will help you keep the fur storm under control. Five minutes of the day “back-brushing” (brushing in the opposite direction of the coat lies) will take care of most problems of the year. At other times, a daily maintenance of just two minutes a day will keep the coat beautiful, and give your vacuum a new lease on life! Elkhound does not have a dog odor due to the hardness of the coat. Bathing two to three times a year is perfect for family pets and helps the dead coat fall and grow new, healthier hair.
This breed is not a star performer in the obedience ring. Elkhound learns very quickly, despite being highly intelligent, but following this learning process, “Haven’t we already done this 12 times?” Another difficulty in training this breed for activities is their independent nature, which is driven by their prey traits. As far as simple home etiquette, they are very clean and quickly respond to properly managed housebreaking.
They are hunting dogs in their native Norway. They track and follow the hunter, far ahead of the hunter, and if necessary, they should be able to trot for several miles for several days. Because they must make their own decisions while hunting, and depending on the way they hunt, they are free and lovers of the forest and their freedom. For this reason, when their Norwegian elkhounds are used, owners must resist the temptation to move around in the neighborhood or the Park of Lead. The tendency to travel and observe the world is intrinsic to the breed. Most love swimming (an essential moose-trailing activity), and many enjoy agility as well as herring trials.
Norwegian Elkhound should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your veterinarian. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Most alchudes are “food hounds”, not pickle eaters, and will grow pathetic faces to weaken their humans, as they can be mustered! A key to assessing whether elkhounds are in good weight is to watch them when they eat. The area just behind the end of the rebeck should be submerged when they eat. Another sign of an overweight dog is a rolling motion on the dog’s back or sides when he strikes. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
By and large this is a very healthy breed. The average life span is 12–14 years, with most owners losing their dogs due to cancer or heart issues. Negligible evidence of PRA has been found but exotic dogs can be detected. Hip dysplasia occurs, but is examined by larger dogs, usually receiving a “good” or “fair” evaluation from the OFA, with many rating “excellent”. There have been some kidney cases, but it appears to be excluded from the current state of the breed.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: