The Norwegian ElkHound


 From paintings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes

is one of the wolfy-looking dogs from which the

shepherd dogs of middle Europe have been evolved, and is probably a

more dependable dog than any of them, having been bred for the

specific uses of hunting big game, and left free of the refinements and

stultifications demanded by the more effete market, which is

largely dependent on the whims of wealth and caprice.


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The elkhound, in short, looks like a small, stocky, wide-faced

German shepherd dog, standing about 22 inches instead of 26 or 27,

but wearing the same strong, rough working coat of grizzled buff and brown, or

He is a in the United States, but in northern Europe plays an

important part in the life of the people of the mountainous and wooded country.

He is used to some extent as a carrying and draft animal,

but is unsurpassed in the rough and tumble of the hunt for such

big game as , , (the “moose” of northern Europe),

and is so keen of nose and so tractable that he can easily be

trained to the more subtle arts of hunting the capercailzie and black grouse.

The only one the artist ever saw was the single specimen shown in the

Westminster show of 1918, and no dog in the whole show made him more envious of his owner.

For what Mark Twain characterized as “the purposes of a dog” this strong,

friendly, and primitive-looking animal seemed a most perfect creature.

He was alert, bright, and self-reliant, but willing to extend a reserved welcome to a new acquaintance.


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