The Norwegian Elkhound is a heavy coated, shedding dog that prefers a cool climate. They can be kept in an apartment as long as long, frequent walks are part of her life. A properly fenced in yard would be best for her exercise. They are a clean, fairly odorless dog that will protect her human family.
She will need to be extensively socialized early to get along with other pets. She generally likes older, well mannered children. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog. *Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Norwegian Elkhound is 19 to 21 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 50 to 60 pounds.
The female ranges from 18 to 20 inches to the withers and 40 to 55 pounds. *Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Norwegian Elkhound is no exception.
Be on the look out for Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), hot spots, kidney disease, eye problems and skin tumors. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list. She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up.
Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets. *Grooming.
The Norwegian Elkhound has a thick double coat of hard, thick outer and soft, woolly, dense inner coat that sheds heavily, seasonally. Groom my brushing and combing several times a week. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her. Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net. *Life Span.
The Norwegian Elkhound can live between 10 and 12 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions. *History. The Norwegian Elkhound comes from Norway where they were used to hunt large game like elk and they were also prized as guard dogs.
They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1913. Some Registries: *Norwegian Elkhound Association of America *UKC United Kennel Club *NKC National Kennel Club *CKC Continental Kennel Club *APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc. *AKC American Kennel Club *FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale *NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club *KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain *ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club *ACR = American Canine Registry Litter Size: 7 to 14 Norwegian Elkhound puppies Category: Hound Group Terms To Describe: Hardy, agility, stamina, courage, friendly, dignified, reliable, enthusiastic, loyal, *SPECIAL GOOD POINTS Good watch dog. Good guard dog.
Her coat is fairly odorless. Considered a clean dog. Very intelligent. *SPECIAL BAD POINTS Excessive shedder. Needs firm obedience training. Can be a barker with a loud bark.
May roam looking for adventure. Can be stubborn. Can be a one family or one person dog. *Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.
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