This sturdy and courageous breed originated in Scandinavia for the purpose of pursuing and helping hunters subdue large game such as bear and elk and also served as guard dogs. They are distinctive in appearance, with their silver-grey coats and dark saddle markings. Norwegian Elkhounds, once the working companions of Vikings, have remained relatively unchanged for thousands of years and continue to impress with their intelligence, stamina, and durability. The breed made its original public debut in 1877 at the Norwegian Hunters’ Association’s first show. They are great dog for a family that is willing to provide the exercise they need and appreciates their brassy, fun-loving personalities. They are good with children if introduced early and do not wish to be shut away from the family they long to protect and adore. Their coats require no specialized care, just regular brushing to remove shed fur and keep their skin healthy.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.