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Norwegian Elkhound: "Moosedog"

Norwegian Elkhound: "Moosedog"

The Norwegian Elkhound can be traced back to the Stone Age. By examining fossils from that time, it can be determined that the same basic dog that we know today as the Elkhound existed.

This breed has such purity of origin that it can be considered one of the most ancient of all dogs. The Norwegian word for dog “elghund” actually means “moosedog”, but Elkhound is the translation that stuck. Greyhound is probably not an appropriate term for a dog that does not have greyhound in its genetic makeup. But nevertheless, the dog was introduced to the American Kennel Club in the hound group. Admirers of the breed find that having the dog in this class or group can be a disadvantage, as it bears very little resemblance to the dogs commonly entered as “hounds”.

There are three varieties of the Norwegian Elkhound, all three are close cousins ​​and have remained unchanged over the centuries. The gray elkhound is the most familiar, then there is the black (which is a slightly smaller variety) and the Swedish or jamhound.

Today, the Elkhound is still used in northern countries to track and trace game including elk, moose, deer, lynx and wolves. Many of the pet owners of this breed have no idea that this is really a hunting dog with unique versatility as it will slip away on the track, or creep silently behind the animal, or attack with evasion and feints to bring the animal down . Those who hunt with this dog will insist that it can smell elk or moose up to three miles away. It is also used for smaller game, as elk and moose are not as plentiful as they once were, and of course there are now established hunting seasons for these animals. The Norway Elkhound is generally a versatile farm dog that hunts down all kinds of marauding predators and is also useful as a herding dog for livestock. The Norwegian Elkhound is a medium-sized dog with thick fur. The color is solid gray in various shades, with black tips at the ends of the hairs. There is usually a typical whiter band of hair across the shoulders and around the eyes in a spectacular appearance. Also the breeches of the hind legs and the underside of the tightly curled tail are lighter shades. In fact, the breed’s markings are similar to those of the Keeshond. However, the Keeshond has a coat that is much longer. Today’s Norwegian Elkhounds are popular as family pets in most parts of the world and, of course, are shown at dog shows.

One of the most famous judges and breeders, Patricia Hastings, made the Norwegian Elkhound famous in the show rings of the United States and also at Crufts. She bred and bred this breed for many years and led several of her dogs to coveted Best of Breed and even Best in Show at Westminster, later becoming a highly skilled judge. Her positive influence on the breed has undoubtedly increased the number of these dogs now found as family pets. However, the dog is not a dog that is for everyone. This is a dog that needs to have a purpose and just lying around the house is not part of its nature. Any dog ​​that has solid working or hunting instincts can quickly become bored and quite destructive if the working nature of the breed is not channeled and encouraged.

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