Seemingly pure stamina in canine form, the Norwegian Elkhound was the pride of the Vikings.

Vital Stats

Height: 19.5 to 20.5 inches at shoulder
Weight: males average 55 pounds; females average 48 pounds
Coat: short and thick
Life span: 12 to 15 years

Summary
This gorgeous dog with the wolflike face delights in life. Smart as can be, he also has a wonderful sense of humor. He’ll race you around the kitchen island, reverse directions when you do, and then howl for sheer fun. Bold, energetic, and protective, he makes an excellent watchdog and guardian.

Elkhounds are utterly devoted to their families. When you’re upset, this tenderhearted Viking will plop his head on your lap. Full Norwegian Elkhound profile on DogTime.com

Affectionate with family:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Amount of shedding:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Ease of training:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Friendly toward strangers:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Good for new owners:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Playfulness:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Wanderlust:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Ease at being home alone:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Potential for weight gain:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Vigor:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Heat Tolerance:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Easy to groom:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Drooling potential:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Watchdog ability:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Average:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)