Norwegian Elkhound

Description:
The Norwegian Elkhound is a very resistant dog and is considered to be a very classic dog. It has a wedge shaped head and its tail is very curled, it has a very thick winter coat and an intelligent expression. The ideal height of a male elkhound is around forty seven centimeters and the females around forty four; males weight around twenty seven kilograms and females around three and a half kilograms less. The body of this dog is square and compact and has good bone structure. The head is wide and the skin should not be loose; the eyes are brown and should not look protruding. The ears are highly inserted and are firm. The stop is very clearly seen. The muzzle narrows but should not look pointy. The neck of this dog is medium sized in length and it should not have any jowl. The back is straight, the chest long and moderately wide. The tail is inserted high on its back and is tightly curled and carried over the back but should not fall to the side. The front and hind legs are well balanced and angled which allows the dog easy movement. The coat of this dog is thick, close to its body and the undercoat is soft and woolly. The colors of this dog are grey and black.

Ideal owner:
There seems to be a lot of mysticism about this breed, since the elkhound seems like such a well-balanced, good tempered, obedient and playful dog. This breed is very energetic and because of this they are not suggested for senior citizens or lazy people that can't take it out to get exercise. This dog is very intelligent and is an excellent guard dog; it also has a very loud bark. This dog learns very quickly. Make sure to reward it a lot as this will help it to continue responding positively.

Growth:
The size of the puppy elkhounds varies a lot. The average weight is around 390 grams though, although it can be as low as 140 grams. The spurs should be cut during the first week of life. Puppies are usually born black and some are born dark grey. The elkhounds reaches sexual maturity between six months and a year of age, but full physical maturity is reached around eighteen or twenty four months for the female and around thirty months in the case of the males. The coat of the younger ones needs more attention and grooming as it goes changing into its adult coat and will need it too every time it sheds.

General health:
The amount of care that goes into this dog's coat can make or break this dog. This is a pretty healthy dog by nature and it has few hereditary problems and is very resistant to disease. However, it needs to have an adequate diet and must get groomed and brushed regularly, these two points are vital to keeping it healthy. The grooming process is easy but time consuming since it needs to get brushed every day. Skin problems are frequent in this breed but they can be avoided with adequate care. Wet dermatitis is common. Seborrhea is also common but this problem has more to do with the type of diet the dog is getting. As far as the diet this dog requires, the elkhound has a very peculiar metabolism and its digestive system is very effective. This causes it to absorb the nutrients well. Talk to your veterinarian about the diet of your elkhound, as many times vitamins are mineral supplements are suggested. The owner must make sure to follow the indications of the veterinarian as far as its feeding is concerned to avoid potential complications. Progressive retina atrophy can also occur as well as renal disease. Glaucoma can affect the eyesight of this dog which causes night blindness in a six week old puppy, however it will continue to be able to see during the daytime until it is about two or three years old.

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