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Norwegian Elkhound – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Norwegian Elkhound - Fun Facts and Crate Size

Norwegian Elkhound

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1913
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 36" dog crates*

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The Norwegian Elkhound or Norsk Elghund in Norwegian means "Norwegian moose dog".

As its name suggests, Elkhounds are used for the tracking and hunting of moose (or elk), bears, and even wolves.

This dog breed was presented for the first time at an 1877 dog exhibition in Norway.

It is believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds with Elkhounds having been found buried in Viking burial grounds!


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Norwegian Elkhound in 1913. These medium energy spitz type dogs are known as fearless, bold, strong, and independent. They are considered one of the top 50 most intelligent dog breeds.

They have almost extreme loyalty to their owners, developing an inseparable bond. Elkhounds bark loudly and sharply, which makes them a suitable watchdog. They are also playful, curious, and sometimes can be demanding of your attention.


Sturdiness will be your first impression of the Norwegian Elkhound. They weigh between 44 to 51 lbs (20-23 kg) with a height of 19.5 to 20.5 inches (50-52 cm).

Their double coats are coarse and straight, with a soft undercoat that comes in 7 colors:

  • Black-Gray
  • Black-Silver
  • Black White-Silver
  • Gray-Black
  • Gray Black-Silver
  • Silver-Black
  • Silver Gray-Black

They have dark brown eyes with a friendly and keen expression, pointed erect ears, and a tightly rolled over back tail that gives them a playful look.  


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


Their medium-length coat should be brushed regularly to keep shedding at bay. This will assist in ensuring they are naturally clean and free of bad odors. Remember to increase brushing regularity during their seasonal shedding.

Otherwise grooming is only needed occasionally. Norwegian Elkhounds do not require scheduled bathing. Do not ever shave them in warm weather. Brush their teeth regularly and cut the nails to avoid cracking and overgrowth.


In addition to the regular daily exercise of approximately 30-45 minutes, ensure the Elkhound is out running, walking and playing at the park for an hour or more moderate-rigorous exercise three times per week.

Norwegian Elkhounds like to eat so obesity might occur if only inadequate exercise is provided. They also suffer from health problems such as hip dysplasia.

They are a watch and hunting dog so chasing and running are their favorite things to do.

Their versatility, intelligence, and stamina make training an intuitive undertaking.

They have sensitive souls and understand what friendship and family is. Leaving them with children or to socialize with other dogs is okay.

If you are considering any “animal child” or best friend, the Elkhound is a great choice. 

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 36” dog crates* for most adult Norwegian Elkhounds.

  * Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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