FAQ

 

 Q. The name? 

A. The name Norwegian Elkhound is a direct translation from its original Norwegian name "Norsk Elghund," meaning "Norwegian moose dog." European settlers mistakenly called the North American cousin of the red deer an elk, when in fact in the Norwegian language the term elk or elg means moose. Despite its name it is not a hound dog. The Elkhound does not hunt like a hound nor is it directly related to hounds, however in Austraila it is classed as a hound and in shows is grouped in the Hound group. The breed's goal in the hunt is to independently track down and hold the moose at bay — jumping in and out toward the moose, while signaling to the hunters by barking very loud — until the hunter who follows the sound can arrive to shoot it. Another way of hunting with the dog is to let one of the hunters follow the dog, then chase the moose towards a row of hunters, so they can shoot it. 
  
Q. What is the Elkhound temperament like?
 
A. Norwegian Elkhounds are loyal to their "pack" and make excellent family dogs if given proper attention. They are bold, playful, independent, alert, extremely intelligent, and, at times can be a bit boisterous.
 
This is a dog ready for adventure and is happiest if that adventure takes place outdoors in cold weather. It needs daily exercise or it will become frustrated or even destructive. When an Elkhound is bored they can have a tendicy to bark unnecessarily. It is an exceptionally friendly breed. If untrained, it tends to pull when on leash. This dog needs attention for it to understand its place within the family, and without this attention may end up with behavioral issues. This is a very proud and noble breed that can easily have its feelings hurt if its owner deserts his or her allegiance or duty. An inevitable bond will develop between the dog's family, master, or pack, and if there is disloyalty, the dog will definitely feel it and be hurt.  This, combined with their very loud bark, makes them a good watchdog.  
 
Q. Are Elkhounds suitable pets for young children?
 
A. Although each dog is an individual, they generally are very gentle and get along great with children. They are happiest when they feel that they are part of the family. 
 
Q. Are Elkhounds compatible with other dogs and animals?
 
A. In my experience they are compatible with other dogs and animals but they must be exposed to them early on in life. Failure to give a very young puppy an enriched up bringing may result in a shy, fearfull and unsocialised adult.  
 
Q. Is the Elkhound an inside dog? 
 
A. Definitely! The Elkhound will thrive on being a 'house' dog and in fact we would be hesitant to sell to someone that does not allow their dog into the family home.  
 
Q. Do Elkhounds require grooming?
A. YES! The Elkhound is a double coated Spitz breed and will shed once or twice a year. It is at this time grooming is necessary. Both in terms of controlling the amount of hair around the house and yard and to promote new and health coat growth. Grooming is also a chance for you to bond with your dog.
 
Q. Does an Elkhound require a big yard?
A. Elkhounds need excersise and a commited owner will provide this regardless of the size of their yard. 
Q. How much exercise does a Elkhound require? 
A. As much as you can give it! Keeping in mind the age and health of the dog, the climate in which it lives and individual requirements of the dog. A minimum of 1 hour a day (walking) is always recomended regardless of the size of your yard.
Q. Are Elkhound reliable off the lead? 

A. Norwegian Elkhounds can be challenging to train because of their intelligence and deep independent streak, but they are acceptable obedience dogs, good-natured, and very understandable in their learning and training. For example, if they fail to "come" because there is something of greater interest in the other direction, they can be quick to learn the importance of the command if taught correctly but they are a willful breed and may never "come" on command. They can be wonderful in agility and are particularly good tracking dogs.  

Q. At what age do puppies go to their new homes?

A. 8 weeks of age. At this age they have received their first round of vaccinations shots, are microchipped and are up to date on their worming medication.
 
Q. Is there a health guarantee with the purchase of a puppy?
A. We encourage new owners to have the puppy thoroughly checked by a Vet within 24hrs of it leaving us. By 8 weeks of age our Vet will have checked the puppies 2/3 times but if in that first 48hrs with you, any health abnormalities are present, the option of returning the puppy to us and receiving a full refund will be available. 
Q. How much is a puppy?
A. Please contact us for price and availability.
 
Q. Are puppies sold with pedigree papers?
A. Yes. All of our puppies are registered with DOGS NSW and sold with a Certificate of Registration and Pedigree-Limited Register.
Q. Is the purchase of a Elkhound puppy from NORVAAN subject to any conditions?
A. When an Elkhound is purchased as a pet it is expected that the dog/bitch will be de-sexed before the age of 6 months.  It will be our understanding that you DO NOT intend to breed from a bitch and that a dog will NOT be used at stud. We do not sell to overseas pet homes.  
Q. Are puppies sold with any “breeders conditions"? 
A. Occasionally we will ask a puppy buyer to consider allowing their pet to remain in the NORVAAN breeding program. This may be because the puppy is displaying characteristics that we wish to retain in our kennel. We do not always take up the option but these arrangements have worked very well in the past for both the owners and ourselves. Should you have any further questions or concerns please don't hesitate to e-mail us at NORVAAN Norwegian Elkhounds.   

Contact Details

Craig Evans
Gundaroo, NSW, Australia
Phone : 0407 045 220
Email : [email protected]