The Elkhound of Norway is called a hound only because of its ability to track. In Viking times, the Elkhound was used to hunt various quarries, the least of which was not elk. Other trackables include the bear and the wolf. These are extremely versatile dogs with a bearing larger than life. Height does not exceed 20 inches at the shoulder and weight 44 pounds. They can also be used on small game. The family of elkhounds is connected to the ancient spitz type dogs of the Scandinavian countries. It has long been affiliated with close human association, and therefore dogs of this type make good housemates, always reliable and easily disciplined. The Norwegian Elkhound is a robust, active dog that must be provided with enough time outdoors. The coat is always gray, varying in shades; it is standoff and coarse and requires regular brushings.