Do You Really Want To Own A Norwegian Elkhound?

     Elkhounds may seem like the ideal pet, but there are disadvantages! Listed below are areas you need to consider before you decide to share your life with an Elkhound.

Background: The Norwegian Elkhound is known as the dog of the Vikings. They are still used today to hunt moose in Norway. As a result, they tend to have a strong hunting instinct, a lot of energy, and are intellgent. They are known to be quite stubborn and require a firm owner.

Size: Elkhounds are medium-sized. Males range between 20"-22" at the shoulder and weigh between 50-55 pounds. Females stand between 19"-21" and weigh between 40-45 pounds.

Exercise: Elkhounds are very energetic and need to have consistent exercise daily (at least 20 to 30 minutes twice a day) or they have trouble adjusting to the calm house pet role expected by most owners.

Shedding: They are a double-coated breed and shed profusely twice a year. Due to the density of their coats, brushing every other day is to your advantage. If you want a fastidiously kept house, DON'T GET AN ELKHOUND! You will always find some dog hair around, especially in rugs, furniture and on your clothes. On the plus side, they have virtually no "doggie" odor.

Health & Care: Elkhounds are prone to hip dysplasia, eye problems and occasionally cyst/skin problems. Most breeds have some of the above and some Elkhounds will never have these, but we feel it is best for you to know the worst. Feeding one medium-sized dog for a year will cost at least $200. Veterinary expenses run between $150-$250 a year. Though many expenses get hidden in the grocery bill (food, dishes, leashes, collars, brushes, shampoos , toys, etc.), they are there.

Training: Due to Elkhounds stubborn nature, training is a must. Elkhounds are not known to be naturally obedient. Good behavior can be taught by attending training classes. A good beginner's course costs about $80.

Watch Dog: Norwegian Elkhounds are excellent watch dogs. They are very alert and will bark at noises they hear. They are not considered guard dogs. Once someone enters the home they could very well make friends with the intruder rather that attack them. But each dog is different.

Time: Elkhounds are very devoted to their family. They need to be with, around and near humans because they thrive on love and attention. Consider your lifestyle and household schedule-do you travel a lot, do you work long hours, are you busy with your children's activities? In other words, do you have the time to give the love and attention an Elkhound needs???
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