Norwegian elkhound grey

FCI standard Nº 242

Origin
Norway
Translation
Norsk Kennel Klub
Group
Group 5 Spitz and primitive types
Section
Section 2 Nordic Hunting Dogs
Working
With working trial only for the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland)
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Wednesday 03 April 1963
Publication of the official valid standard
Monday 09 August 1999
Last update
Monday 09 August 1999
En français, cette race se dit
Chien d'élan norvégien gris
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Norwegischer Elchund Grau
En español, esta raza se dice
Perro cazador de alces noruego gris
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Noorse Elandhond grijs
In his country of origin, his name is

Norsk Elghund Grå

Usage

Dog for elk-hunting.

General appearance

A typical Spitz. Compact and short body, squarely built. Elastic, good rise of neck. Erect ears. Coat thick and abundant, but not bristling or long. Tail is tightly curled over the back.

Important proportions

Squarely built. Length of skull and length of muzzle identical.

Behaviour / temperament

Fearless, energetic, brave.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Wedge-shaped, relatively broad between the ears. Lean.
Skull
Slightly arched. 
Stop
Marked, but too pronounced.

Facial region

Nose
Black.
Muzzle
Gradually tapering either seen from above or from the side. Bridge of nose straight.
Lips
Tightly closed.
Jaws and teeth
Scissor bite. Complete dentition.
Eyes
Not prominent, dark brown in colour.
Ears
Set on high, firm and upstanding, relatively small. Height slightly greater than their width at the base, pointed and very mobile.

Neck

Of medium length, firm, good rise of neck, abundant ruff without loose skin.

Body

Body
Strong, short in the couplings.
Topline
Straight from the withers to the tail set.
Withers
Well developed.
Back
Strong, muscular and straight.
Loin
Well developed.
Croup
Strong and broad.
Chest
Broad and deep, good spring of ribs.
Underline and belly
Almost straight.

Tail

Set-on high, strong. Relatively short. Thick coat but not with a flag. Firmly curled over the center line, not carried on either side of the back. The tip cannot be straightened out on the adult dog.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Strong and firm, straight.
Shoulders
Sloping.
Upper arm
Moderately sloping.
Elbows
Well set in, turned neither in nor out.
Forearm
Straight seen both from the front and from the side.
Pastern
Straight seen from the front, moderately sloping seen from the side.
Forefeet
Rather small, compact, toes pointing forwards.

Hindquarters

Generality
Strong lean and muscular. Parallel seen from behind. Moderately angulated.
Upper thigh
Muscular and broad.
Lower thigh
Of medium length.
Stifle
Moderately angulated.
Metatarsus
Must not reach behind the set of tail when standing.
Hock
Moderately angulated.
Hind feet
Relatively small. Oval in shape, compact, toes pointed forward.

Gait and movement

Light and effortless. Parallel seen both from the front and behind.

Skin

Firm, without wrinkles on the head.

Coat

Hair
Of medium length; thick, coarse, abundant outer coat without curls. On head and the front of legs short and smooth; longest on neck, thigh, back of legs and tail. Soft undercoat.
Colour
Grey, of various shades. The colour is made by the black tips of the hair of the outer coat. Lighter on chest, belly, legs and on the underside of the tail, under the tail set and in the « harness marking ». The harness marking is about a 5 cm broad stripe from the withers to the elbow, where the outer coat lacks black tips. The ears and the front of the muzzle are dark (dark mask). The dark line from the eye to the set on of ears delimits the mask. Light grey undercoat.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Males ideal height 52 cm, females ideal height 49 cm.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

General faults

 Round or domed skull.
 Pointed or short muzzle.
 Pincer bite, irregular bite.
 Light eyes.
 Too big or too broad ears.
 Tail too short, not firmly curled, tail carried on the side.
 Flat feet.
 Too long or too short undercoat.
 Colour in brown or yellow.
 Dark undercoat.
 Sooty colour.
 White on tail tip.
 White on chest.
 Weak or nervous temperament.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggresive or overly shy.
 Over-or undershot bite.
 Yellow or blue eyes.
 Ears not erect.
 Naturally short tail.
 Dewclaws on hindlegs.
 Any variety in colour other than grey.
 Height at withers under 3 cm or over 4 cm from the ideal height.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

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