A very solid dog for a hound, but he needs to be able to cope with his traditional prey, the elk. A Spitz type with prick ears and curly tail, he is a friendly dog, but his loud voice acts as a deterrent to unwanted visitors.
The breed stems from Norway. Skeletons have been found dating back to the Stone Age that are not unlike the dog of today.
Officially described as grey of various shades, he is far from being a dull-looking dog, having black tips to his longer outer coat as well as a distinctive shoulder stripe running from the withers. From the grooming angle, the coat is easy to maintain in good shape and can become thoroughly dirty on a country ramble without causing the house-proud oo much anxiety.
He enjoys all the exercise offered by an active family, but will be content to live a less strenuous life if his owners are less energetic. He must not be allowed to get too lazy, however, as he is capable, as are most hounds, of putting on weight to excess.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Hound Breed Group
Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.