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Norwegian Elkhound

Bold, energetic and fearless (other names: Norsk Elghund, Grahund, Gray Norwegian Elkhound, Small Grey Elk Dog)

Norwegian Elkhound
origin:Norway
life expectancy:12-13 years
classification:Hound
height:46 to 53 cm
weight:18 to 27 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Difficultclimate: Coldgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Medium
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History [ edit ]

The Norwegian Elkhound is the most classic of the Spitz-type breeds of dog, and it is considered the national dog of Norway. There are controversial theories about the ancientness of this breed. A skeleton similar to the modern Norwegian Elkhound has been found dating back to 4000 to 5000 B.C. and for many years, the breed was considered one of the oldest dog breeds, but recent DNA analysis suggests, however, that the current standards of this breed were actually a recent developpement, although by natural methods. The Elkhound is a member of the scent hound family and an exceedingly versatile dog which was bred for agility and endurance with great dignity and independence of character. It is being sucessfull used as a retriever and to herd farmyard chickens and ducks.