Norwegian Elkhound Grey

Other names : Norwegian Moose Dog, Grey Elk Dog, Norskelghund, Grå norsk elghund, Gray Norwegian Elkhound, Small Grey Elk Dog, Harmaa norjanhirvikoira, Norwegian Elkhound

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Life expectancy

The Norwegian Elkhound Grey has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 17 and 18 in
Male Between 18 and 19 in

Adult weight

Female Between 44 and 55 lb
Male Between 44 and 55 lb
Coat colour
Type of coat
Long Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Norwegian Elkhound Grey costs between £1000 and £1500

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More details about the Norwegian Elkhound Grey

Norwegian Elkhound Grey: Origins and history

The Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient breed that was developed around 3,000 years ago. It’s a result of a female wolf and male dog hybridization that occured long after wild wolves were first domesticated. It seems that Scandinavian tribes  were looking for a way to improve the existing hunting breeds by crossing them with wolves. And they certainly succeeded with the Norwegian Elkhound. This dog has been hunting alongside humans ever since and still helps hunters track large game such as moose, elk, and bears. This highly prized dog was rarely seen outside of Norway until the late 19th Century. It was officially recognised by the Kennel Club in 1901. 

FCI classification of the Norwegian Elkhound Grey

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 2 : Nordic Hunting Dogs

Training a Norwegian Elkhound Grey

Responds well to reward-based training methods, but requires a firm and confident handler. Consistency and structure are really important when training these highly-intelligent animals.

Norwegian Elkhound Grey: Purchase price

The initial cost of a Norwegian Elkhound puppy is between £1,000 to £1,500. The average cost to keep one of these dogs (including vet bills, insurance, and food) is between £50 to £100 a month. 

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