The Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient breed that has been found in burial sites along with the Viking. They were used as hunters of large animals, herders, defenders, and even sled dogs. The Elkhound is the national dog of Norway and is known for its stamina and agility. They are among the oldest dogs in Europe. They are friendly, vocal, and energetic dogs who can make excellent companions for active families. Norwegian Elkhounds would be happiest going for a jog or playing a game of fetch.
Common Health Conditions
- Fanconi syndrome, an inheritable disorder in which the renal (kidney) tubes fail to reabsorb electrolytes and nutrients, is unusually common in Norwegian Elkhounds.
- Hip dysplasia, an inherited disease that causes the hip joints to form improperly and leads to arthritis.
- Norwegian Elkhounds are susceptible to pyotraumatic dermatitis, a skin condition that causes inflammation and discomfort in dogs with a thicker coat.