Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Norwegian Elkhound Grey

(Norsk Elghund Grå)

Norwegian Elkhound


ORIGIN

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FCI
Norway.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
09.08.1999.
KC
September 2000

UTILISATION

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FCI
Dog for elk-hunting.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 5Spitz and primitive types
Section 2Nordic Hunting Dogs
Working trial only for the nordic countries (Sweden, No

KC
Hound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Norsk Kennel Klub.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
A typical Spitz. Compact and short body, squarely built. Elastic, good rise of neck. Erect ears. Coat thick and abundant, but not bristling or long. Tail is tightly curled over the back.
KC
Powerful; compact body; square outline and proud carriage; coat close and abundant but not open; upstanding pointed ears; tail tightly curled over back.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Squarely built. Length of skull and length of muzzle identical.
KC
A hardy hunting Spitz with a bold energetic disposition.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Fearless, energetic, brave.
KC
Friendly, intelligent and independent without any sign of nervousness.

HEAD

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KC
Wedge-shaped, comparatively broad between ears; stop, not large, forehead and back of head slightly arched; foreface broad at root (not pinched in), evenly tapering whether seen from above or side, never pointed; bridge of nose straight and approximately the length of forehead; tight-fitting skin on head, no wrinkle.

CRANIAL REGION

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FCI
Wedge-shaped, relatively broad between the ears. Lean.

Skull

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FCI
Slightly arched.

Stop

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FCI
Marked, but too pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Gradually tapering either seen from above or from the side. Bridge of nose straight.
KC
Jaws strong with perfect, regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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FCI
Tightly closed.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Scissor bite. Complete dentition.

Eyes

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FCI
Not prominent, dark brown in colour.
KC
Not prominent, slightly oval, medium size, dark brown, giving frank, fearless and friendly expression.

Ears

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FCI
Set on high, firm and upstanding, relatively small. Height slightly greater than their width at the base, pointed and very mobile.
KC
Set high, small, firm and erect, pointed and very mobile; slightly taller than width at base; when alert, outer edge should be vertical.

NECK

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FCI
Of medium length, firm, good rise of neck, abundant ruff without loose skin.
KC
Medium length, powerful, carrying the head high; a rich ruff on close- fitting skin but no dewlap.

BODY

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FCI
Strong, short in the couplings.
KC
Powerful; short, strong back; loin short and wide with very little tuck-up; chest deep and broad; well curved ribs; topline straight and level; distance from brisket to ground not less than half the height at withers.

Topline

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FCI
Straight from the withers to the tail set.

Withers

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FCI
Well developed.

Back

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FCI
Strong, muscular and straight.

Loin

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FCI
Well developed.

Croup

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FCI
Strong and broad.

Chest

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FCI
Broad and deep, good spring of ribs.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Almost straight.

TAIL

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FCI
Set-on high, strong. Relatively short. Thick coat but not with a flag. Firmly curled over the center line, not carried on either side of the back. The tip cannot be straightened out on the adult dog.
KC
Strong, set on high; thickly coated without plume; tightly curled, preferably over the centre line of back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong and firm, straight.
KC
Legs straight with good, not coarse, bone and strong pasterns; shoulders sloping; elbows closely set in.

Shoulder

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FCI
Sloping.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Moderately sloping.

Elbow

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FCI
Well set in, turned neither in nor out.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Straight seen both from the front and from the side.

Pastern

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FCI
Straight seen from the front, moderately sloping seen from the side.

FEET

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KC
Comparatively small, slightly oval; tightly closed, well arched toes with protective hair between thick pads; turning neither in nor out. Nails firm and strong.

Forefeet

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FCI
Rather small, compact, toes pointing forwards.

Hind feet

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FCI
Relatively small. Oval in shape, compact, toes pointed forward.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong lean and muscular. Parallel seen from behind. Moderately angulated.
KC
Legs firm, strong and powerful; little but definite bend at stifle and hock; straight when viewed from behind.

Thigh

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FCI
Muscular and broad.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderately angulated.

HIND LEGS

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Lower thigh

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FCI
Of medium length.

Hock joint

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FCI
Moderately angulated.

Hock

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FCI
Must not reach behind the set of tail when standing.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Light and effortless. Parallel seen both from the front and behind.
KC
Demonstrates agility and endurance; stride at the trot even and effortless, back remaining level; as speed of trot increases, front and rear legs converge equally in straight lines towards a centre line beneath body.

SKIN

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FCI
Firm, without wrinkles on the head.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Of medium length; thick, coarse, abundant outer coat without curls. On head and the front of legs short and smooth; longest on neck, thigh, back of legs and tail. Soft undercoat.
KC
Close, abundant, weather resistant; soft, dense, woolly undercoat and coarse, straight outer coat; short and smooth on head and front of legs, slightly longer on back of front legs, longest on neck, back of thighs and tail; not trimmed.

COLOUR

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FCI
Grey, of various shades. The colour is made by the black tips of the hair of the outer coat. Lighter on chest, belly, legs and on the underside of the tail, under the tail set and in the « harness marking ». The harness marking is about a 5 cm broad stripe from the withers to the elbow, where the outer coat lacks black tips. The ears and the front of the muzzle are dark (dark mask). The dark line from the eye to the set on of ears delimits the mask. Light grey undercoat.
KC
Grey of various shades, with black tips to outer coat; lighter on chest, stomach, legs, underside of tail, buttocks and in a harness mark; ears and foreface dark; a dark line from eye to ear desirable; undercoat pure pale grey. Any pronounced variation from the grey colour, sooty colour on lower legs, spectacles or white markings undesirable.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height at shoulder: dogs: 52 cms (201/2 ins); bitches: 49 cms (191/2 ins). Weight approximately 23 kgs (51 lbs) and 20 kgs (44 lbs) respectively.

Height at withers

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FCI

Males Ideal height 52 cm.
Females Ideal height 49 cm.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • Round or domed skull.
  • Pointed or short muzzle.
  • Pincer bite, irregular bite.
  • Light eyes.
  • Too big or too broad ears.
  • Tail too short, not firmly curled, tail carried on the side.
  • Flat feet.
  • Too long or too short undercoat.
  • Colour in brown or yellow. Dark undercoat. Sooty colour.
  • White on tail tip. White on chest.
  • Weak or nervous temperament.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Over-or undershot bite.
  • Yellow or blue eyes.
  • Ears not erect.
  • Naturally short tail.
  • Dewclaws on hindlegs.
  • Any variety in colour other than grey.
  • Height at withers under 3 cm or over 4 cm from the ideal height.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.