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Norwegian Elkhound Breed Information

This breed was originally developed in Scandinavia, and I also considered as one of the oldest breed in the world. This dog I believed to have existed from 5000 BC. They were used as both hunting dogs and also as guardian dogs. They were used to hunt mountain lions, badgers, bears, moose and also elks. They had great sense of smell and were excellent trackers. Their sight is also very much appreciable. They can see clearly both during night and days. This breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the year 1913. This breed is medium in size. Their head is broad and the ears are wide in appearance. They have a thick and also tapering muzzle. Their teeth are set in scissor bite. They are deep chested and have small rough padded paws. The coat covering the skin of this breed is double coated and is also water resistant. They are hard and also rough in texture, and are available in grey colour. This breed is very loyal and also devoted to their master and also the family. Even though they are a friendly breed, they can be reserved around stranger, and this can be easily avoided by proper socialization from an early age. They are excellent with children and also act as great companion for them. They are independent minded, and sometimes acts dominantly. This can be avoided with proper training. They should be trained by a firm and also calm leader, as they do not react well to harsh trainings. They are great choice as a watch dog, as they are fearless, brave, defensive and also protective of their owners. They are loud barkers, and also bark frequently. They are basically hunters and hence should be kept away from smaller house hold pets. The average height and weight of a healthy male Norwegian Elkhound is 49 cm to 54 cm, and 23 kg to 27 kg respectively. In case of females, the average height and weight of Norwegian Elkhounds is 46 cm to 51 cm and 18 kg to 25 kg respectively. This breed is highly prone to hip dysplasia and also Franconia syndrome. They are suitable in apartments if they are given proper exercise. The average lifespan of this breed is 12 years to 15 years.

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