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