Norwegian Hound

Other name: Norwegian Elkhound

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Life expectancy

The Norwegian Hound has a life expectancy of between 11 and 13 years




Adult size

Female Between 19 and 21 in
Male Between 20 and 23 in

Adult weight

Female Between 44 and 55 lb
Male Between 44 and 55 lb
Coat colour
Black White Blue Sand
Type of coat
Short Hard
Eye colour
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More details about the Norwegian Hound

Norwegian Hound: Origins and history

The Norwegian hound is an ancient breed, originating in Norway’s huge forests, among the lakes and rivers. Its remains have been found in ancient Viking burial sites, and many were buried alongside their owners. They were developed to track moose and bears and would hold them at bay until their masters arrived. 

They made their first appearance at  a dog show in 1877  and were recognised by the Kennel Club in 1901. They are rarely seen or bred outside of their native Norway.

FCI classification of the Norwegian Hound

  • Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

  • Section 1 : Scent hounds

Training a Norwegian Hound

This intelligent, independent dog requires an expert handler who is familiar with complex dog training methods. First-time owners will struggle to handle this willful animal.

Norwegian Hound: Purchase price

A Norwegian Hound costs approximately £560 if not registered at the Kennel Club.

Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £50 to £100 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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