Norwegian Elkhound Gray

Description Norwegian Elkhound Gray

Alert, playful, assertive
The Norwegian Elkhound is the national dog of Norway. This is an enduring hunting dog that, in addition to being used as a house and guard dog, is also used for hunting large game because of its courage.FCI Group: Spitz – Primitive type dogs

  • Size: medium
  • Weight: 22-24kg
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Coat Type: Medium Hair
  • Colours: black, grey, white

Character Norwegian Elkhound Gray

With a maximum height of 52 cm, the Norwegian Elkhound can weigh up to 24 kg. This makes it larger than the black elkhound and one of the medium-sized dogs. The gray elkhound’s compact body is square in shape.
Its coarse fur can be black, gray, or white in color. It consists of two layers: a dense undercoat and a longer top coat with black tips, which determine the color.

The coat of this breed is very weatherproof.
According to the applicable breed standard, the Gray Elkhound’s tail must be curled tightly over the back.
Despite its stubborn nature, the Norwegian Elkhound is loyal to its master. If there is enough exercise, the elkhounds are also suitable as family dogs. You are the watchful but always friendly.

Especially when dealing with children, you quickly get to know the playful side of this breed. As guard dogs, they also often let their loud and sharp voices be heard, but are generally more receptive to strangers.

Diet Norwegian Elkhound Gray

Because the Gray Elkhound tends to be overweight, it should not be overfed. You should therefore check the weight of your four-legged friend at regular intervals.
It is important to eat a balanced diet that consists mostly of meat. Even with occasional snacks, you should make sure that the treats contain no sugar and no grain. In order to sufficiently satisfy your dog’s need to chew, you can give him dry chews to bite.

The dog must have water available at all times.


Despite its thick and long hair, brushing two to three times a week is sufficient. During the change of coat, the brush should ideally be used daily. Nevertheless, the elkhound loses a relatively large amount of hair during the rest of the year.
The claws of your four-legged friend need good care and an attentive owner, especially if your dog mainly moves on soft ground, such as forest floor. If they are not held briefly in this case, there is a risk of injury for your dog.

His ears should also be checked regularly and treated with a dog ear cleaner if necessary.


The history of the Norwegian Elkhound dates back to the Stone Age. Similar dog skeletons from around 5000 to 4000 BC have been discovered by archaeologists. Thus the Norwegian Elkhound belongs to the old line of Spitz. The assumptions of some cynologists indicate that its appearance is very close to the first domesticated dogs of Western Europe.
During the Middle Ages, this breed was known as the “Dyrehund”, which means “animal dog” in Norwegian.

In Norway it was used extensively for hunting moose, bear and wolves. The breed was first shown at a dog show in 1877. Just a few years later, her popularity spread to England. There she was recognized by the Kennel Club in 1901 and twelve years later by the American Kennel Club.
Until 1981, the four-legged friend known as the Gråhund (grey dog) was considered a Swedish breed.

It was only this year that the FCI deleted this entry and replaced it with “Norwegian Gray Elkhound”.

Norwegian Elkhound Gray Accessories

Apart from the usual basic equipment and a large outdoor area, the Norwegian Elkhound is not very demanding.
You need a fur brush for your four-legged friend. With enough experience, a pair of claw pliers is also useful. Otherwise, you can and should have the pedicure done by a veterinarian.
Also make sure that your dog always has a cool place in warm weather.

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