From the very first time I saw a Norwegian Elkhound I knew that I wanted one. Unfortunatly I grew up in family that was definately not a “dog family”. No, we had cats. Now don’t get me wrong I like cats, but I always wanted a dog. So finally at the age of 47 I got a dog. Well, actually we got a dog. My wife, 2 daughters and I that is. Life has not been the same.
Having a dog like a Norwegian Elkhound really is a wonderful experience which is why I decided to start the “Elkhound Love” blog. The Norwegian elkhound combines traits of hounds and spitz-like dogs. It’s a breed that is bold, playful, independent, alert, boisterous and — unlike most hounds — even protective. This is a dog ready for adventure and happiest if that adventure takes place outdoors in cold weather. It needs daily exercise, lest it become frustrated or even destructive. It is friendly with strangers but may quarrel with strange dogs. It tends to pull when on leash unless trained, and it may bark a lot.
The dog pictured here is our “Elkhound Love” and her name is Aspen. In the picture above she’s 2 years old still has a lot of puppy in her. (she’s now 7) She loves going on long hikes, playing in the river, and chasing squirrels.
The Norwegian Elkhound is one of the ancient Northern Spitz-type breed of dog and is the National Dog of Norway. It’s a hardy breed that is well suited for cold weather and mountainous terrain. The Elkhound has served as a hunter, herder and guard dog. The breed is believed to be over 6000 years old Archaeologists in Scandinavia have found evdience to suggest this breed existed and was domesticated in the Stone age.
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