Norwegian Elkhound Breed Profile


The Norwegian Elkhound is a fearless friendly breed of dog. They are reserved with strangers, but reliable and energetic. They are also a very alert breed of dog, as well as highly affectionate, loyal and sensitive.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog makes great companions for children because of their high energy. They must be supervised with other pets though.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of a Norwegian Elkhound is around 12 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 40 to 60 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog are hip dysplasia, pyotraumatic dermatitis, PRA, weight gain and Fanconi Syndrome.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suited for the apartment or condo environment. Not suited for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a large yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give.

Average Cost

The average cost for this breed of dog is around $500 or more each. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking this breed of dog is out of the question. Shedding is heavy, brush daily. This breed of dog is also a seasonally heavy shedder.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog tends to be aggressive towards other male dogs.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a good watch dog.

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