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Norwegian Elkhound

Dog Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound, also called Norwegian Elkhound, is a breed of dog native to Norway, used mainly for elk hunting.

Males generally measure between 49 and 52 cm at the withers, while females measure between 46 and 49 cm. The average weight generally varies between 20 and 30 kg.

The Norwegian Elkhound has a strong, compact body, well proportioned with a deep chest and muscular limbs. It has a robust and balanced silhouette, with a muscular neck and a straight back.

The head is medium sized, with a slightly broad skull and a moderately long snout. It has medium-sized, oval-shaped, dark brown eyes. The ears are medium sized, triangular and erect.

The coat is double, with a dense undercoat and an outer layer of wiry, thick hair. The base color is gray, with shades ranging from light to dark gray. Lighter markings may be present on the chest, muzzle, belly and limbs.

The Norwegian Elkhound is an energetic, courageous and intelligent dog with a strong hunting instinct. He is loyal to his family and makes an excellent companion for active people and hunters. He is an independent but obedient dog, who can be reserved around strangers but affectionate with his family. He is also vigilant and can make a good watchdog.

As a hunting dog, the Norwegian Elkhound needs regular exercise and mental stimulation to be happy and healthy. He loves to run and explore his surroundings, but he must be kept on a leash due to his strong hunting instinct.

The Norwegian Elkhound is generally a sturdy and healthy breed, but like all breeds, it can be prone to certain health conditions, such as joint problems and eye diseases.

The Norwegian Elkhound has been used for centuries in Norway for elk hunting, where it is valued for its endurance, intelligence and ability to work in difficult conditions.

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