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Norwegian Elkhound

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
Norwegian Elkhound
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Grooming
Appearance
19-21" (49-52 cm) 44-55 lb (20-25 kg) Medium-length, coarse smooth-lying outercoat. Soft, dense wooly undercoat. Various shades of grey.
Ch. Vigeland’s Frigg. The sweetest girl ever! Bred/Owned by Norman Vig & Sheila Robertson, Vigeland Kennels Reg’d
History

The national dog of Norway, the Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient breed that hasn’t changed much over the last 5,000 years. A supreme hunter, the Elkhound works to track and quarry his game, holding it at bay until the human hunters arrive to dispatch it. In Norwegian, the breed is called the Elghund, or “Moose” hound. In fact the Elkhound was used to hunt moose and many other large animals including wolves, bear and even mountain lions. He was also an all-round working dog, pulling sleds and guarding homes and flocks. Though just one of many moose and bear dogs at the time, the Norwegian Elkhound came into his own in 1865 when foundation sire Gamle Bamse Gram was born. Considered ideal for the Gray Elkhound, his build and type became the breed standard in 1887.The Norwegian Elkhound came to North America in the early 20th century.

Personality

Brave and even-tempered, the Norwegian Elkhound is an all-round companion. He is a good watchdog who will alert to strangers by barking and quickly discern the difference between friend and foe. With his family, he is kind and affectionate. Like most working dogs, the Norwegian Elkhound is happiest when he has a job, be it tracking, pulling sleds, herding or doing agility. Good socialization with other dogs is important.

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Norwegian Elkhound Breeders

Overscaig Perm. Reg’d
Alberta

Overscaig Perm. Reg’d, Allen and Nina Tait. We have 37 successful years as hobby breeders. To maintain the type, soundness, and temperament of our chosen breed we have imported dogs/used breeding lines from highly respected Norwegian kennels. All our puppies go to family homes – with a health guarantee and continuing breeder support. Contact us for details. (403) 886-2649; ninatait@taitoverscaig.com; www.taitoverscaig.com

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Ruterfem Reg’d
Manitoba

Ruterfem Reg’d. We spend a lot of time with our dogs. We raise happy, highly socialized and well-adjusted puppies of sound temperament.  We are dedicated to the true Norwegian breed standard with a focus on structurally correct and healthy breeding lines. Our breeding stock is imported from highly recognized kennels in Norway. All puppies come with health guarantee. Anne Boychuk and the Ruterfem Family, Brandon, Manitoba  (204) 725-5852; absolute@wcgwave.ca, www.ruterfem.com

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Vigeland Reg’d
Yukon Territory

Vigeland Reg’d, Norman Vig & Sheila Robertson. Quality CKC Registered Norwegian Elkhounds for over 50 years. Contact us for information about future puppies and/or the occasional adult Elkhound. Happy, healthy all around great dogs. (867) 668-3885; clif@northwestel.net; www.vigelandkennels.ca

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