The Norwegian Elkhound is gorgeous dog breed with the wolflike face delights in life. Smart as can be, he also has a wonderful sense of humor.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Norwegian Elkhound.
This breed can historically be traced back to almost a thousand years, since the time when a similar-featured dog was used by Vikings for guarding and hunting. It is also not absurd to trace this breed to 5000 BC after archeologists found skeletal remains of dogs having a close resemblance to the Norwegian elkhound.
These reliable, fearless, extremely dedicated dogs combine qualities of the spitz and the hounds, searching for fun and adventure outdoors, barking frequently, although friendly with strangers, family members and children. These territorial Arctic dogs love cool climate and by tendency tend to prey upon smaller pets as also possessing a feeling for co-existing with its owner, rather than under him, and would make a natural guard and watch dog. Apartment life is good if they get enough exercise.
Technically, Americans should call these dogs "Moosehounds." The Norwegian Elkhound's original name is "Norsk Elghund," where "Elghund" translates to moose dog. The name causes confusion because Europeans refer to moose as elk, but in America, moose and elk are two different animals.
4) Around Strangers
Most Norwegian Elkhounds are friendly with strangers and must be taught not to jump up into their faces. Others are more restrained with strangers. But even the friendly ones are great watchdogs, meaning they are keenly alert for anything out of the ordinary. When they see or hear anything unusual, they bark.
5) Independent Workers
Hunters placed a lot of trust in their Norwegian Elkhounds. These dogs were bred to track moose independently. When a Norwegian Elkhound finds a moose, he holds its attention by jumping forward and back and barks loudly to tell the hunter where he is. After doing this work for thousands of years, Norwegian Elkhounds are consistently born with independent spirits.
Elkhounds are very vocal dogs. They hunt by cornering their prey and feinting to and fro to hold it in position, all the while barking nonstop to signal their location to the hunter. Couple that with their high-pitched, piercing voice, and.... well, let's just say you will upset your neighbors if you leave this breed outside unsupervised.
Teach them to socialize, especially be strict to limit its barks if you find it’s barking excessively or being provoked at the very sight of smaller animals or other dogs, for which, puppyhood is the best time to teach. Give these stubborn, independent-natured dogs a consistent but firm training, as you set the rules clearly.
The Elkhound can withstand cool and temperate climates and live outdoors, but it prefers to stay with its family. As the dog is bred to hunt throughout the day, even in difficult conditions, it should be given regular exercise. A long walk or a good jog and energetic game keep the dog satisfied completely. The double coat requires brushing every day in the shedding season and twice a week otherwise.
9) Working Breed
Norwegian Elkhounds are versatile. In America, they have been used to hunt a wide variety of game, from birds to mountain lions. Because of their intelligence, they make good service dogs for people with disabilities. Their tracking abilities make them well suited for search and rescue teams.
This Norwegian Elkhound dog, which has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years, occasional suffers from intracutaneous cornifying epithelioma, patellar luxation, Fanconi Syndrome and progressive retinal atrophy. The most serious aliment affecting it is canine hip dysplasia (CHD), while minor health problems such as renal dysplasia, hot spots, and sebaceous cysts are common. Hip, eye, and urine tests are good for this breed of dog.