Norwegian Elkhound Research Paper

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NORWEGIAN ELKHOUND

ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Skeletal remains notably similar to today’s Norwegian elkhound have been dated as early as the Stone Age by archaeologists. Scandinavians refer to the Elkhound throughout their history. The first record of the Norwegian elkhound in the United States is in a 1913 AKC Stud Book. This great northern hunting dog was placed in the hound group in the United States because of a mistranslation of its name, Elg Hund, which literally means “moose dog.’ 1

DESCRIPTION
Norwegian Elkhounds are friendly, bold and energetic. They are effective guardians, with great dignity, poise and independence. They are independent scent hunters and were bred to have the stamina and agility to survive for days in harsh terrain and weather.

THE SHOW RING
Elkhounds are medium sized dogs. They are balanced within their square profiles. They look short backed and short coupled because of a rather long rib cage and a short loin. Their strong straight back slopes only slightly from the withers to the root of the tail. 2 Their height at the withers should be 20 ½ inches for dogs and 19 ½ inches for bitches. Adult dogs should weigh about 55 pounds and bitches should weigh about 48 pounds. 3
The breed’s black prick ears of good leather are high set and very mobile. The head is broad and wedge shaped
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The condition may be desirable in certain breeds classifies ad achondroplastic or hypochondroplastic but in the Elkhound it is considered a nonselected chondrodysplastic abnormality. The appendicular skeleton is most often affected with shortened, often bowed long bones and enlarged joints. The genetic form of inheritance is recessive and the condition is diagnosed by the time the animal is 4 weeks of age. Genoscoper (Finland) offers a DNA test for Osteochondrodysplasia in the Norwegian Elkhound. 6, 16, 17(56), 19, 21,

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