What kind of dog is a Norwegian Elkhound?
As with all dogs, it’s important that you know which human foods are poisonous to dogs as, given half a chance, your Elkhound will eat anything it can find! The Norwegian Elkhound is a Spitz dog, related to other breeds with long double-coats, erect ears and curled tails, such as Huskies, Akitas and the other Nordic Elkhounds.
How often should I Groom my Norwegian Elkhound?
As hardy northern dogs, they’ll develop a thicker winter coat and a thinner summer coat and shed in spring and autumn. You’ll need to groom them at least twice a week normally but then they’ll need daily grooming when they’re shedding their coats.
What’s the average life expectancy of an Elkhound?
Elkhounds have been known to live for 18 years but on average you’re looking at 12-15 years. They’re pretty hardy and less prone to health problems than many other breeds, though some have a predisposition to progressive retinal atrophy. Like most medium to large dogs, hip dysplasia, kidneys and thyroid can be a problem.
What’s the name of the Norwegian Moose Dog?
Having served for many years as a hunter and tracker, the elkhound of today is an excellent family pet. First things first, its Norwegian name is Norsk Elghund Grå and the translation into English is a curious one. Given that they neither hunted Elk nor are they hounds, Norwegian Moose Dog Grey would be a more apt name.
What kind of dog is a Norwegian Elkhound mix?
A Norwegian Elkhound Mix is a cross between a Norwegian Elkhound and another dog breed. Because a mixed-breed dog can inherit any combination of traits from their parents, it is essential that you ask the breeder about the other parent breed in the mix.
How often do you bathe a Norwegian Elkhound?
Elkhounds do not have a doggy smell, due to the harshness of the coat. A bath two to three times a year for the family pet is perfect and helps the dead coat to fall out and new, healthy hair to grow in. These are hunting dogs in their native Norway.
What kind of job does a Norwegian Elkhound do?
As a hunter, the Norwegian Elkhound has the courage, agility and stamina to hold moose and other big game at bay by barking and dodging attack, and the endurance to track for long hours in all weather over rough and varied terrain. Head broad at the ears, wedge shaped, strong and dry (without loose skin).
How can I tell if my Elkhound is overweight?
A key to assessing whether the Elkhound is in good weight is to watch them when they eat. The area just behind the end of the ribcage should sink in when they eat. Another indication of an overweight dog is a rolling motion on the dog’s back or sides when he trots.