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We are the only Registered exhibtors and breeders of Norwegian Elkhounds in Queensland. We started in the breed  when we came across our first Elkhound in a pet shop in New Zealand. We have been hooked ever since. We have been Showing and Breeding since 2008 and since then have won many awards with our home bred dogs aswell as  produced some very lovely tempermented family members for our extended Elkhound Family(puppy buyers).

We love staying in contact with our puppy owners and try to meet up for play dates at least once a year.

Kyxen our prefix comes from our two foundation dogs. Kyza (our petshop puppy that started the passion) and Xena our female that we are lucky to still have with us today. Our prefix is a reminder of where we started and always strive to improve with every litter. We tend to only breed a litter when we are looking to breed a new member of our show team, hence why we only tend to have one litter per year.

When we started showing we were lucky enough to have a great mentor in the breed who has been breeding for over 30 years now and where most of our lines come from. Garbor Markotany of NSW is still and integral mentor and partner in our breeding and exhibiting today.

 

History

The Norwegian Elkhound is one of the ancient Northern Spitz-type breed of dog and is the National Dog of Norway. The Elkhound has served as a hunter, guardian, herder, and defender. It is known for its courage in tracking and hunting moose (or elk) and other large game, such as bears or wolves. The Norwegian Elkhound was first presented at a dog exhibition in Norway in 1877. It is one of the oldest dog breeds, and Elkhounds have been found buried in Vikingburial grounds. They make excellent family pets.

The AKC breed name "Norwegian Elkhound" is a direct translation from its original Norwegian name Norsk Elghund, meaning "Norwegian moose dog." The breed's object in the hunt is to independently track down and hold the moose at bay—jumping in and out toward the moose, distracting its attention, while signaling to the hunters by barking very loudly—until the hunter who follows the sound can arrive to shoot it. The dog will only bark while the moose is stationary, but it can also slowly drive the moose towards shooters lying in wait. The Norwegian Elkhound is also used on a leash. In this mode of hunting, the dog leads the hunter in the direction of the moose while keeping quiet.

 

Temperment

Norwegian Elkhounds are bred for hunting large game, such as wolf, bear and moose. Although the breed is strong and hardy, the dogs typically have an inseparable bond with their masters and are quite loyal. All Elkhounds have a sharp loud bark which makes them suitable as watchdogs.

Norwegian Elkhounds are loyal to their "pack" and make excellent family dogs given proper attention. They are bold, playful, independent, alert, extremely intelligent, and, at times, a bit boisterous.

 

How are they in the Home?

Elkhounds make great pets, they prefer to be apart of the family and not just a backyard dog. They do bark but it only tends to be if there is a reason, like someone at the door or walking past the fence. However this can be trained so that it isn't to often. Elkhounds can be a stuborn breed and once they have been allowed to do something they tend to stick to it. So if they are allowed on the bed or the couch a few times they will think they are allowed all the time, so it is important to have a set of rules and be consistant.

 

Grooming

The only complaint people tend to have with elkhounds is their coat. They have a double coat. A woolen under coat and fur top coat. They drop their coat twice a year which requires lots of brushing or blowing out with a dog hair dryer. Other than this they shed like most breeds of dog.

Because they have the double coat they don't need constant washing like most breeds of dog. Unless they go rolling in something dirty you may only need to wash your Elkhound 2-3 times a year with weekly brushing.


Contact Details

Diane, Murray and Aleisha Senior
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Phone : 04 67445482
Email : [email protected]

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