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A moose hound is a hunting dog used to hunt moose. Elkhounds search for game at long range. They silently pursue fleeing game, then face and bark at it until the hunter arrives. They are independent and self-willed and also take on big game.[1] Elkhounds are also used to hunt other game, including bears.[2] The old name of the Norwegian Elkhound, Dyrehund (dyr = animal; animal dog), indicates this.

Elkhounds include the following breeds recognized by the FCI:

  • Jämthund (Origin Sweden)
  • Norwegian Elkhound grey
  • Norwegian Elkhound black

Individual references

  1. Hans-Joachim Swarovsky: BI-Lexicon Dog Breeds. 2. Edition. VEB Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig 1985, p. 209.
  2. Breed presentation Norwegian Elkhound (pdf) of the Norwegian Kennel Club (NKK)