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Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound was the main companion of the Vikings. These guys have been used in almost every role imaginable for a dog. In modern times, they are primarily companion dogs, but they are still used for hunting and herding.

Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 19-21in

Female: 18-20in

Weight

Male: 49-60lb

Female: 40-55lb

Fun Fact

Archaeologists have found skeletons of dogs resembling the Norwegian Elkhound dating back to 5000 BC.

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About this Breed

The Norwegian Elkhound is a versatile working dog with ancestors dating back to the Vikings. These guys can do it all: they can hunt, herd, guard, and be your best friend. The Norwegian Elkhound was believed to have protected villagers and their flocks from wolves and bears. The breed can be quite noisy; they would bark at their prey in order to trap it while the hunter caught up. The Elkhound requires regular exercise and extra attention needs to be directed towards maintaining their thick double coat. This is an intelligent breed that loves people, but you must make sure to show them who is boss.

Norwegian Elkhounds on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Norwegian Elkhound ancestry.

  • Freyja

    Freyja

    Trooper

    Trooper

    Tucker

    Tucker

    Smokey

    Smokey

  • Bear

    Bear

    Dora

    Dora

    Hilde

    Hilde

    Buck

    Buck

  • Callie Mae

    Callie Mae

    Baron von Dewhirst

    Baron von Dewhirst

    Teddy Bear

    Teddy Bear

    Kuma

    Kuma

Favorite Names

For Male

  1. Odin
  2. Loki
  3. Milo
  4. Buddy
  5. Max
  6. Finn
  7. Maverick
  8. Dexter
  9. Bear
  10. Duke

For Female

  1. Luna
  2. Daisy
  3. Piper
  4. Lucy
  5. Ellie
  6. Maggie
  7. Molly
  8. Bella
  9. Leia
  10. Lulu

Common Locations

  1. Ohio, United States
  2. Pennsylvania, United States
  3. Maryland, United States
  4. New York, United States
  5. West Virginia, United States
  6. Virginia, United States
  7. Kentucky, United States
  8. New Jersey, United States
  9. Michigan, United States
  10. Illinois, United States

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