This week I have chosen the Norwegian Elkhound.
Information from the Canadian Kennel Club:
CKC Recognized / In the HOUND group.
The Norwegian Elkhound has been honoured as the dog of Norway. He comes from Spitz-type dogs known in Scandinavia since Viking times and perhaps even earlier. In their homeland, Elkhounds have been used to pull sleds, guard the home and family, do mountain rescue and hunt big game such as moose and bear as well as smaller quarry. The breed was known as the Elghund, meaning “moose dog,” but it became Elkhound in English.
Bold and Energetic, the Elkhound is an excellent family pet and guardian noted for being good with children.
A dog of great endurance and stamina, the Elkhound is relatively tireless and likes having a job to do. He's a rugged outdoor type that needs plenty of exercise.
19-20 inches at the shoulder
The coat is thick, rich and hard but smooth-lying. On the head and front of legs, it’s short and even.
The Elkhound is grey in colour with black tips to the long, covering hairs.
Regular, thorough brushing is the only grooming attention required. This is a breed that sheds year round, but more so in the spring and fall.
We are lucky to have four of these beautiful dogs attend daycare regularly. They are fantastic players and definitely liven the place up at times. Elkhounds are a happy breed and often have big smiles on their faces. They are a "hound" breed so can be a little independent but for the most part they love people and are very friendly.
The trademark of an Elkhound has to be their bark. They like to hear themselves and aren't afraid to express their opinions! Thankfully they are mostly obedient and want to please you. It makes teaching a "no bark" command doable.
The Elkhound is a beautiful breed that can easily capture your heart- they aren't for everyone though so be sure to do your homework if you are interested in adding one of these beauties to your family!