There are so many different breeds to choose from if you are looking for the perfect pet for you or your family. Sometimes it’s a matter of finding the right pet for your lifestyle. If you are looking for a protective, energetic and courageous breed, the Norwegian Moose Dog might be a good choice for you.
Originally bred to hunt big game and moose, the endurance and dedication of this breed is unsurpassed. They can have a strong will, and it is important to provide them with proper socialization and training to avoid difficulties. These dogs prefer a lot of snow and a winter climate and love the outdoors.
They are very intelligent and need mental stimulation to avoid boredom. If they are allowed to get bored, they will look for an outlet for their energy, such as digging or chewing. Interactive dog toys, obedience training, flyball, sledding and participation in events such as agility help keep this dog active and engaged. You should know that this breed, like most dogs, follows its nose when a squirrel or rabbit crosses its path and leaves you behind without hesitation.
The Norwegian Moose Dog is extremely family friendly and will bond with everyone in the house. Sturdily built, these dogs can withstand cuddling and pets from children and are very gentle and child-friendly. They are great watchdogs and are naturally distrustful when introduced to a stranger. Encounters with other dogs can be a different story if you have not properly socialized your pet with other animals.
Although this dog does well in an apartment, it needs regular training and must thrive in a large fenced yard where it can jump and play. Although they are resistant to outdoor use, they need to live indoors with their family. This breed can have a tendency to “bark”, so be aware that this is part of the package.
An adult dog weighs between 48 and 55 pounds and is about 20 ½ inches tall. It is generally best to give them 2 to 2 ½ cups of high quality dry dog food daily.
This breed is generally healthy, but like most breeds, it can be prone to some health problems. Hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia are conditions you should be aware of.
A good understanding of the characteristics that make the Norwegian Elephant Dog special will make all the difference in the world for you and your dog, so that you can have a long and loving relationship.