Norwegian Elkhound gray

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Norwegian Elkhound gray
(Norsk Elghund Grå)
Norwegian Elkhound gray
FCI Standard No. 242
Origin :


Alternative names:

FCI until 1981: Gråhund
KC / AKC: Norwegian Elkhound

Withers height:

Males ideal 52 cm,
females ideal 49 cm

List of domestic dogs

The Norwegian Elkhound gray is an FCI recognized Norwegian dog breed ( FCI Group 5, Section 2, Standard No. 242 ). He is originally a hunting dog for moose hunting ( Elkhound ).

Origin and history

Excavations of Stone Age finds in Scandinavia are assigned to the dog type, which is similar to today's Norwegian elkhound, so that the roots of this breed go back a long way. The Norwegian Elkhound came to England at the end of the 19th century and was recognized by the Kennel Club in 1901 . The American Kennel Club followed in 1913.

Until 1981 the gray elkhound was listed by the FCI under the name Gråhund as a Swedish dog breed under the standard number 112. In 1981 the breed was recognized under its current name as a Norwegian dog breed and the Grahund was removed from the list of FCI dog breeds.


This approx. 52 cm tall and up to 24 kg heavy dog ​​is an extraordinarily persistent and weather-resistant hunting dog. He has tight, harsh hair in gray with lighter undersides.


The dogs are used as domestic dogs, but also to hunt bears and moose . There are work tests according to the FCI regulations for the Norwegian Elkhound gray only for the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland).

Individual evidence

  1. ^ KC standard of the Norwegian Elkhound , accessed June 20, 2011
  2. ^ AKC standard of the Norwegian Elkhound , accessed June 20, 2011

Web links

Commons : Elkhound  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

See also