Norwegian Elkhound Rescues

The Norwegian Elkhound is a loyal, playful, bold and independent breed.  They are part of the Spitz breed family and were originally bred to hunt large game.  They make great family dogs if they’re given the attention they deserve.  They are a great pet for those looking for a loyal companion animal or for a family pet.


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Top 10 Facts:

1. This breed has existed for over 6,000 years.  It is believed that this dog descended from the Pariah Dog that has existed for over 7,000 years.

2. One of the most famous PetParents to the Norwegian Elkhound was Herbert Hoover.  He owned a Norwegian Elkhound named Weejie.

3. Despite what the name might suggest, the Norwegian Elkhound is not classified as a Hound dog.

4. Today, the Norwegian Elkhound is an esteemed sled dog and family dog!

5. The Norwegian Elkhound was first recognized by the AKC in 1913.

6. This breed requires lots of exercise and should be taken for walks daily.

7. The Norwegian Elkhound sheds quite a lot.  The breed’s medium length coat requires moderate brushing.

8. The average lifespan of the Norwegian Elkhound is about 11 to 16 years old.

9. They are ranked as the 36th most intelligent dog breed.

10. The Norwegian Elkhound is loyal and protective of his family, and they make excellent watchdogs.

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