Norwegian Elkhound Husky
The courageous, wolfish-faced, energetic, loyal, but obstinate Norwegian Elkhound Husky is a purebred dog with a medium-square build, a wedge-shaped, broad head terminating in a defined stop, pointed ears, a tightly curled tail, and friendly eyes. This ancient Northern Spitz breed is a herding, hunting, defender, and guardian dog that earned its name due to its proclivity for hunting elk (moose), wolves, and bears.
This breed dates all the way back to almost a thousand years ago, when Vikings used a dog with similar features for guarding and hunting. It is also not absurd to trace this breed all the way back to 5000 BC, when archaeologists discovered skeletal remains of dogs that bear a striking resemblance to the Norwegian Elkhound Husky. During hunting, these dogs mainly pranced and leapt in front of the elk (or its prey) to divert its attention and attract the master’s attention until the master arrived at the spot and hunted down the prey.
The following are the most popular and highly sought-after mixes of this purebred:
A cross between a Norwegian Elkhound and a German Shepherd
A cross between a Norwegian Elkhound and a Husky
A cross between a Norwegian Elkhound and a Labrador Retriever
Character and Behaviour
These dependable, fearless, and devoted dogs combine the characteristics of spitz and hounds, seeking fun and adventure outdoors and barking frequently, though they are friendly toward strangers, family members, and children. These territorial Arctic dogs prefer cool climates and have a proclivity for preying on smaller pets, as well as a sense of coexistence with its owner, rather than subservience, and would make an excellent guard and watch dog. If they get enough exercise, apartment life is fine.
These dogs thrive on strenuous activities and require vigorous exercise such as playing, walking, and jogging; however, do not forget to take the lead to establish yourself as the pack’s ‘leader’. Take them for a ride on your bicycle, preferably leashed, as they may pick up an interesting smell near the woods and disappear, oblivious to you or your call.
Teach them to socialize, being especially strict to limit its barks if you notice it barking excessively or becoming agitated at the sight of smaller animals or other dogs, which is best taught during puppyhood. Provide consistent but firm training to these stubborn, independent-natured dogs, while clearly defining the rules.
Because the Norwegian Elkhound Husky has a tendency to overeat and gain weight, keep an eye on what you give it and how much it eats. This active breed will require more vitamin B than other breeds. Additionally, you can seek assistance from the breeder or veterinarian. In general, it is recommended to consume 2 to 2 12 cups of high-quality dry food daily, divided into two meals. Choose a high-quality dry dog food formulated specifically for such breeds.
Brush their hair thoroughly with a wooden comb and a double-row metal-teeth brush (especially to remove dead hairs clinging to the new ones during shedding seasons). Bathe only when absolutely necessary.
Obesity, hip dysplasia, pyotraumatic dermatitis, PRA, and Fanconi syndrome are all common in this Arctic purebred.
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