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Great Names for Your Norwegian Elkhound

Updated on October 17, 2014
A Norwegian Elkhound in the snow.
A Norwegian Elkhound in the snow. | 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. In particular, the breed was created to hunt large animals such as moose, elk, wolf, and bears. 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 and solid with a thick, double coat of fur that makes them able to work well in cold environments like those found in their homeland of Norway. Elkhounds are particularly adept at hunting in very rugged terrain. 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.

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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, 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).

A Norwegian Elkhound in the Snow

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

Ch. Kamgaard Kodiak Snowbear
Ch. Kamgaard Kodiak Snowbear | Source

76 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


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