[Homestead] Homestead Dog
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Mon Oct 6 13:15:13 EDT 2008
I loved my Elkhound...He saved my life by taking snakebites meant for
me. They are awesome dogs, and Fred has them pegged as to their
wandering tendency, especially when they are under year old.
Historically they were indeed sent out to round up and bring/herd/drive
moose to the hunter. I lost my Hector to cancer, the tumor appearing at
the exact location, ironically, as the snakebite years before. He was
the sweetest, the most maternal, male dog I have ever owned. He would
allow the goat kids to lay next to him, and any chicks, ducklings or
baby rabbits were his charges. He would keep them underneath him. I
think they would make great LGD's especially for poultry. It is a
travesty of justice that the AKC considers these dogs as hounds. They
are working dogs.. I suppose that goes with the other thread of
ignorant people making decisions..
Elghund...Elg=Moose...Hund=Dog...Elghund became Elkhoud.
While they do have a great nose for hunting, I think they should be in
the working class. They will pull just like Malamutes, too. I guess I
am grossly biased on 'em, tho.
Do you raise them, Fred?
Fred Enga, Astechman wrote:
> Hello all,
> Excuse me coming out from 'lurker mode' to join this thread.
> I have had great success with Norwegian Elkhounds as working dogs, in
> Norway, Northern Ontario and in BC, Canada. They are intensely protective
> of their 'owners' and their 'territory' and, if properly socialised, really
> do become one of the family with a great temperament and very intelligent.
> They are compact, but all muscle, and have one of the most commanding barks
> you will ever come across, especially if anyone trespasses on 'their
> The down side is that they are fiercely independent, and inclined to exhibit
> their Viking genes by always looking to see what is on the other side of the
> hill. Training them to come when called is a challenge.
> They will herd cattle, when persuaded that this is a required thing to do,
> but I do not trust them too near sheep as lamb is definitely very high on
> their menu of choice, although they will adopt 'your sheep' as part of the
> pack, and therefore to be protected.
> Oh, one other thing.....don't be surprised if they track and herd back a
> moose for you to 'handle'.....it is what they were bred for.
> Thanks for the time
> Fred Enga
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