While they were the dogs of Vikings and their descendants, this breed is neither a hound, nor did it ever hunt elk. In Norse languages, Elkhound means moose dog. Today, they no longer hunt, but still keep up appearances with plenty of barking and foraging behaviors. They are distinctively intelligent, loyal, and deeply empathetic. However, obedience training should be accompanied with plenty of snacks.
1. Elkhounds 101 – Information, Personality and Characteristics
2. Elkhound Temperament and Training
3. Elkhound Diet and Feeding
Puppies: Low Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Adults: High Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Elkhounds generally gain: 2 Pounds per week until 26 weeks old.
Hip dysplasia is a common problem with Elkhounds. Make sure your dog isn’t overweight.
A Elkhound with healthy weight will not have any ribs visible. You should be able to run your hands along their side and feel the indivgidual ribs.
*All target numbers are approximate averages. Every dog’s dietary needs and weights will be different. Take into account pregnant or nursing dogs.