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Norwegian Elkhound
Seemingly pure stamina in canine form, the Norwegian Elkhound was the pride of the Vikings.
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
Breed Group: Hounds
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.
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General Characteristics
Apartment appropriate
Dog friendly
Drooling potential
Friendly toward strangers
Heat tolerance
Need for exercise
Predatory tendencies
Tendency to bark or howl
Potential for weight gain
Easy to groom
General health
Good for novice owners