Is an Elkhound the right dog for you?
Before you consider
becoming the owner of an Elkhound, it's a good idea to see if it's traits and
characteristics match your idea of a dog. If
you lack a strong will of your own, if you want a dog that is unquestioningly
obedient or you don't have the time to develop the strong bond that the
Elkhound is capable of, then maybe the elkhound is not the right breed for you.
The Norwegian Elkhound is an undeniably beautiful breed of an ideal medium size. Not too big for house or car, and nor too small to be an effective guardian or a companion to active children. As with any breed, each Elkhound has a unique personality. The breeding of each dog also affects its temperament. But there are certain characteristics that you can expect in every Elkhound.
The Elkhound is not used for hunting in the UK but in Norway this is still his primary purpose and his hunting instincts are still very strong. Here it is regarded as an all-around family dog. However those strong hunting traits are still the key to its personality. Energetic, curious, agile and devoted to his family, the Elkhound is generally outgoing and friendly. Because it is so observant and keen to bark, and because of its sturdy appearance, an elkhound can be an excellent watch dog. However they are too friendly and not aggressive enough to be guard dogs. They have of a great deal of common sense and most elkhounds are independent.
The elkhound is hardy enough to keep
outside, but so keen to be involved with the family that it would prefer to be a
housedog. It is a very food-motivated dog that can become conveniently
“deaf” to your commands when he smells food. It will take any chance to beg
a treat. Although it's very easy to fall for those soulful eyes, you have to
watch their weight carefully. Pet food manufacturers’ feeding recommendations
are rarely correct for an elkhound.