Great Names for Your Norwegian Elkhound

Updated on July 24, 2019
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Teeuwynn has owned dogs her whole life. She has enjoyed the companionship of everything from Pugs to Newfoundlands.

Who knows what name will be perfect for this proud Norwegian Elkhound.
Who knows what name will be perfect for this proud Norwegian Elkhound. | Source

The Norwegian Elkhound

Elkhounds are mid-size silver-gray dogs with dark guard hairs and muzzles. The Norwegian Elkhound was bred as a hunting dog. The breed was created to hunt large animals such as moose, elk, wolf, and bears in particular. Norwegian Elkhounds are a mid-size, spitz-type dog. They are extremely loyal to their owners. In general, Norwegian Elkhounds like being a part of a pack. This makes them excellent family dogs.

Norwegian Elkhounds are very strong dogs. They are sturdy with a thick, double coat of fur that makes them able to survive comfortably in cold environments like those found in their homeland of Norway. Elkhounds are particularly adept at hunting in very rugged terrain. And these dogs have a long history; they were around as much as 6,000 years ago when early Scandinavians used them to hunt game.

Norwegian Elkhound Facts

  • An Elkhound's Norwegian name, Norsk Eighund means Norwegian moose dog.

  • Elkhounds weigh between 48-55 pounds.

  • Norwegian Elkhounds live 12-14 years.

  • The Norwegian Elkhound is the National Dog of Norway.

  • The dog first appeared in a dog show in 1877.
  • Dog Breed Group: Hound Group


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Some Thoughts About Naming Your Dog

There are lots of ways to go about naming your dog. Below is some food for thought when you are trying to come up with that perfect name.

Names based on Norse mythology: Norse mythology is a great place to look for names for your dog. The gods, goddesses, and places in this rich mythos are full of name options. Think Fenrir, Freya, Odin or Thor.

Names based on coat color and type: Your Elkhound has a very distinctive silvery-grey coat. She has both a thicker undercoat and an upper coat that includes long, dark guard hairs. Use your dog's coat as inspiration for some names. You could try Silver, Wolf, or Smoke to name a few.

Names based on personality: Your Elkhound has been blessed with a personality that's both playful and protective. He is a guardian, but he's also part of the family too. He's also an excellent hunting dog. Think about using a name that reflects his personality like Tracker, Watch, or Moose.

Names based on Norway: Norway is a beautiful land full of rugged coastlands, icy fjords, and thousands of island. This northern treasure is a great source of inspiration for names for your dog. Think Ice, Stone, and Midnight (for land of the Midnight Sun).

Inspiring Elkhound Names

  • Njord
  • Odin
  • Orion
  • Pearl
  • Pewter
  • Radar
  • Ranger
  • River
  • Saga
  • Scout
  • Shadow
  • Sigurd
  • Silver
  • Skoll
  • Slate
  • Sol
  • Smoke
  • Spirit
  • Star
  • Steel
  • Stone
  • Storm
  • Sword
  • Thor
  • Tracker
  • Tyr
  • Valkyrie
  • Walker
  • Watch
  • Wolf

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Ch. Kamgaard Kodiak Snowbear | Source

76 More Names for Your Norwegian Elkhound

  • Argent
  • Arian
  • Ariana
  • Ash
  • Baldur
  • Bane
  • Bear
  • Blue
  • Bragi
  • Bramble
  • Briar
  • Bristles
  • Chipper
  • Cinder
  • Cloud
  • Cobweb
  • Dove
  • Elli
  • Fenrir
  • Fionn
  • Forest
  • Frey
  • Freya
  • Frigg
  • Frost
  • Gandalf
  • Gerda
  • Ghost
  • Granite
  • Grendel
  • Hawk
  • Heather
  • Holda
  • Hunter
  • Ice
  • Idun
  • King
  • Loki
  • Magic
  • Magni
  • Midnight
  • Mist
  • Moonlight
  • Moonshadow
  • Moose
  • Mystic

Best of luck choosing a name for your Elkhound! With the help of this guide and your reflection, your new best friend will surely love their name.

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      ur mom 

      4 months ago

      i like moose the best

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      Weirdo person 

      13 months ago

      vERy gOoD

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      14 months ago

      I'm just here because I like elkhounds

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      Teeuwynn Woodruff 

      2 years ago from Washington State

      Totally understand. They really are the most wonderful dogs. So sorry for your loss.

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      2 years ago

      Best dog ever. I miss her so much

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