The Norwegian Elkhound grey (Norsk Elghund Grä Norwegian), has an ancient history from 5000-4000 BC and is similar to the Norwegian Elkhound black. The stories of the two species split around 1800. From this point, Norwegian Elkhound black, also called "little brother" of the Norwegian Elkhound grey - the older breed, started to exist as a separate breed. It was used to hunt bears, deer, even wolves, but also as a watchdog. Nowadays it is already a lovely pet. After 1900, specialists bred this breed mainly at the expense of the Norwegian Elkhound black.
The breed is grown mainly in the border area between Norway and Sweden. There they are used as a border dogs as there are more aggressive than their older brothers.
Norwegian Elkhound grey is more popular among these two breeds and puppies for sale can also be found in Norway, Sweden, Finland, England and even in Canada.
The Norwegian Elkhound grey was officially recognized in 1877.
Representatives of the breed has similar physical characteristics to the Norwegian Elkhound black, but are slightly larger than their black siblings and have more primitive looks. The body is compact, the color is in different shades of gray with black tips. The coat is lighter on the chest, belly and under the tail.
The neck is muscular and strong. The body is short. The limbs of the dog are healthy, rather short and with dense bones. Its back is straight and wide.
The dog's head is wedge-shaped, while skull is almost flat. The eyes are brown, not protruding and look fearlessly. The ears are sharp, protruding upward and very mobile. The muzzle has a light mask.
The tail is coiled over the back and covered with dense hair. According to the standard of the breed it is possible to cut the tail at an early age.
The height of the breed varies between 52 and 65 cm. The weight is from 24 to 33 kg.
Character and behavior
The Norwegian Elkhound grey is energetic, fearless, proud and independent dog. It is particularly durable and has a high capacity both for hunting and for pulling sleds or playing games with the family. This dog is a good guard. It rarely shows aggressiveness, but is a predatory hunter by nature. The Norwegian Elkhound grey has a nice voice and a softer character than its fellow the Norwegian Elkhound black.
It is calm and careful a perfect companion dog.
Training and education
The Norwegian Elkhound grey is not easy to train. You should be decisive in its education and show who the leader is. This dog is attached to its master and will execute commands as long as dressage is not accompanied by harsh treatment. It needs constant physical and mental exercises to feel better. The socialization must start from an early age. It should be based on the combination of a firm hand, consideration and communication with eyes and words.
In Norway, these dogs are frequently used for the therapy of mentally ill people. They also help in nursing homes and in prisons. Norwegian Elkhound grey is good at finding people, hidden drugs and explosives.
Grooming and care
You need to brush the coat of your pet every day. No other particular care is necessary. One of the typical breeds characteristics is the absence of a specific dog smell, so bathing can be done only in real need.
This dog can live inside your home or outside in the yard. It loves long walks mainly in the woods, where it feels free.
Typically, these dogs are very healthy and have a good average life span of 13-14 years. Some specimens may have problems with hip dysplasia and kidney disease.
The Norwegian Elkhound grey is not a great glutton, so there is no need to give it large portions of food.
Children and other pets
These dogs are very gentle with children. They are also kind with other pets in the house. Before choosing from different puppies for sale of this breed, keep in mind that the Elkhound doesn't get along with other dogs.
Despite its northern origin and thick coat, the Norwegian Elkhound grey was used during World War II in Tunisia as a patrol dog and as a guard that has endured better than other breeds.