How Much Does a Norwegian Elkhound Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

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.

Darby the Elkhound by szm.graham, on Flickr
Darby the Elkhound” (CC BY 2.0) by  szm.graham

 How much does it cost to get a Norwegian Elkhound pup?

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, gender, quality, breeder, its bloodline and geographical location.

According to, the average cost of a Norwegian Elkhound can be $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, another breeder, sells Norwegian Elkhound puppies with an AKC registration for $500.

At the time of this writing,, a popular online dog classified website, had only 30 listings, with prices ranging from $300 to a bit more than $850.

The official AKC Marketplace had a handful of reputable breeders, with prices listing anywhere from $600 to $950.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Reputable breeders, at a minimum, should 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.  Aside from this, they should also include a health checkup, registration paperwork, health guarantee, up-to-date vaccinations and a travel crate if being shipped.

What are the extra costs?

Many breeders require a deposit (which can be up to $200) to hold a puppy, but as long as you commit and adopt the puppy, your deposit will be applied toward the adoption fee.

If the dog has to be shipped via an airline or by car, then the costs could be anywhere from $150 to $400, depending on the distance traveled.

Like any pet, plan on recurring expenses such as food, accessories, grooming sessions, training and routine/surprise vet visits.  A healthy dog can easily cost $800 per year and much more if it were to need a surgery.

Due to their heavy seasonal shedding, a professional grooming session may be required from time to time.

Even though this breed is known to be obedient, they will still need to be trained with a “firm” hand.  If adopting as a puppy, be sure to consider professional obedience classes to teach it the basics such as sit, stay and lie down.

Tips to know:

The Norwegian Elkhound is known to be sensitive, loyal, robust, athletic and will thrive on exercise.  They can get along with other dogs as long as they are introduced at a younger age.

The average height can be 19 to 21 inches tall, with a weight varying between 48 to 55 pounds.

The Norwegian Elkhound has a double coat:  the outer coat is weather resistant and has a hard, thick feel to it, whereas the undercoat is softer and wooly in texture.  Common coat colors include black, silver and gray.

The life expectancy, as long as healthy, can be 12 to 15 years.

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 an AKC 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.  Due to the rarity of this breed, you may have to place yourself on a waitlist.

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.

This dog is okay for an apartment, but due to its active nature, it will still need a sufficient amount of exercise.

Questions to ask your potential breeder

How long have you been breeding dogs?

How many litters do you have each year?

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?­­

Try to bypass the private breeders and consider supporting a local shelter or rescue groups.  While you may not be able to find this particular breed, you could find a mix that closely resembles this breed.

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