Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Norwegian Elkhound puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Norwegian Elkhounds, the best dog food diet for feeding Norwegian Elkhound puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Norwegian Elkhound dog breed

Norwegian Elkhound Health Problems and Raising a Norwegian Elkhound Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Norwegian Elkhounds:

The most common orthopedic disease is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 3300 Elkhounds and found 20% dysplastic. That's terrible for a medium-sized breed, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Comparing the Elkhound to other northern breeds, the Finnish Spitz and Keeshond have hip dysplasia rates of 6%.

As for other orthopedic diseases, the rate of luxating patella (loose knees) is also high in the Norwegian Elkhound. Elbow dysplasia and panosteitis occur occasionally.

Kidney diseases are a serious problem in Norwegian Elkhounds.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Skin growths are common – both tumorous growths and non-tumorous growths.

The most common eye diseases in the Norwegian Elkhound are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), glaucoma, retinal dysplasia, cataracts, entropion, and eyelash abnormalities.

Other health issues in Norwegian Elkhounds include epilepsy, heart disease, and hypothyroidism. Occasionally reported are chondrodysplasia and a skin disease called follicular dysplasia.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Norwegian Elkhound?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Norwegian Elkhounds today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Norwegian Elkhound puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Norwegian Elkhound puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Norwegian Elkhound puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


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Read my advice on daily health care so your Norwegian Elkhound lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Norwegian Elkhound
The best diet for feeding your Norwegian Elkhound is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Norwegian Elkhound. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Norwegian Elkhound
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Norwegian Elkhound. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Norwegian Elkhound puppy really need? Does your adult Elkhound need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Norwegian Elkhound. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Norwegian Elkhound. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Norwegian Elkhound.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.