This is Dexter; he’s a Norwegian Elkhound
Beautiful isn’t he! As you can probably see he has some energy, loves to play and explore. It was great fun spending an hour or so with him and his family.
If you are a dog lover like me, then you may find a short history of the breed particularly interesting.
The Norwegian Elkhound is originally from Scandinavia and is one of the most ancient breeds of dogs. The breed has been around since the Stone Age, so is thousands of years old. To put that into some perspective, they were around and living with man whilst we were still using spears and living in caves. The Vikings replied on them for hunting and as guard dogs. During the hunts they would track animals such as moose, elk, bear, mountain lion, badger, lynx, reindeer and rabbit. Hunting in packs they would track the pray and alert the hunters by barking, holding the animal at bay until the hunter arrived. Norwegian Elkhounds have such a strong sense of smell they can smell game from over a mile away. In war time, the Norwegian defence minister has the power to mobilize all Elkhounds due to their fantastic ability as a sled dog.
In more recent times, the reliable and friendly nature of the Elkhound has found many a home as cherished pets, though they do prefer the cooler climates. Their fur not only keeps them warm during hard winters but is also dirt and water resistant. Careful feeding is recommended as they are prone to gaining weight easily. They don’t require a huge amount of living space but do need an hours exercise each day.
Please enjoy a few photos.
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