How Much Does a Norwegian Elkhound Cost?
The Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient breed that has served as a hunter, herder, guardian and defender. While it is the national dog of Norway, this intelligent breed has gained popularity in other places due to its fearless and strong, yet friendly and loyal attributes. The breed is an excellent family dog when given proper care and attention.
How much does it cost?
- On average, a Norwegian Elkhound is going to cost range anywhere from $500 to as much as $1,200. The costs really come down to the dog’s age and if it’s registered with the AKC.
- According to Pet-Adoption-Guide.com, the average cost of a Norwegian Elkhound is approximately $500 or more.
- At Elkhound Hill, a Norwegian Elkhound without an American Kennel Club (AKC) registration costs $650, while one with a limited AKC registration costs $800. A dog with full AKC breeding rights cost $1,000. Prices apply to both male and female Norwegian Elkhounds.
- Laurel Fork Farm sells Norwegian Elkhound puppies with an AKC registration for $500.
- Some Norwegian Elkhound breeders sell their stock for the same price regardless of the gender while others may charge slightly more for the females.
What is going to be included?
- Reputable breeders will include a written contract between the breeder and the buyer once a puppy is purchased. The contract will include a clause that prevents the buyer from selling the dog to another individual without the consent of the breeder.
- A health guarantee is also included in the purchase to ensure the buyer of the overall health of the dog.
- Some breeders will include the travel crate if it is going to be shipped through an airline.
- Most dogs will have up to date vaccinations, registered paperwork and a health history. If this is not included, you may want to question this breeder.
What are the extra costs?
- Many breeders require a deposit (which can be up to $200) to hold a puppy. Some breeders return the deposit if the dog does not produce the preferred gender.
- Feeding, grooming and training the dog require additional costs. While grooming does not have to be done too often, a Norwegian Elkhound needs to be groomed adequately when it is done. Training is also fundamental, although a puppy class can suffice.
- Regular veterinary care must also be included in your budget.
- Other breeders will charge up to $500 to ship anywhere in the US.
Factors that influence the price:
- Pedigree. In general, a pedigree Norwegian Elkhound puppy sold by a responsible breeder can be expensive. This is because of the time and attention they bestow on the breed. Breeders work on improving the health, temperament, and coat quality of the dog. They also conduct lots of research on various bloodlines that can improve their stock.
- Breeding costs. Reputable Norwegian Elkhound breeders spend a lot of money to ensure the superiority of their stock in terms of health and bloodline. Also, many of them pay for vet visits, AKC registrations and microchips before selling their litter. These are typically taken into account when pricing the stock they breed.
- Rescue dog variety. Norwegian Elkhounds that need rescue homes are typically less expensive than a puppy. They are also available at more recurrent intervals compared with puppies. The reason they are less expensive is that most rescue groups only request reimbursement of maintenance and medical costs incurred during the care of the rescue dogs.
Tips to know:
- Norwegian Elkhounds can be quite challenging because even though they are an intelligent breed, they are stubborn and will often choose to do what they want.
- The best place to purchase a Norwegian Elkhound is from a reputable and trustworthy dog breeder, animal shelters and rescue groups.
- Breeders may accept reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some require a deposit of half of the total price to hold a puppy.
- Many breeders do not ship their litter, so buyers will have to work out this part on their own.
- Avoid buying Norwegian Elkhound puppies at puppy mills, which are commercial dog breeding facilities that put more emphasis on profits than animal welfare. Many puppies in puppy farms are severely neglected and are bred indiscriminately.
Questions to ask:
- How long have you been breeding dogs?
- How many litters do you have each year?
- How do I pick the best puppy from a litter?
- Do these dogs need a lot of exercise?
- Can they be trained?
- What tests have you performed on your breeding stock?
- Is the breed inclined to develop genetic problems?
- Do you provide health guarantees for the puppies you place?
- Will I be able to return the dog to you in the event that I need to give him up?
- Do you have memberships in breed organizations?
How can I save money?
- Conduct research on as many reputable breeders as possible and find out as much as you can about them. Compare the prices they offer and what comes with the costs.
- Feeding a Norwegian Elkhound correctly can save a lot of money in the long run. An owner who is well-informed about the nutritional needs of his pet can raise a healthy dog, which means he can avoid paying for costly vet bills for nutrition-related problems.
- As shipping may be a problem with some Norwegian Elkhound breeders, it may be a better idea to find a breeder in a nearby location to save on shipping costs.