FCI-Standard N°242 / 09. 08. 1999 / GB
NORWEGIAN ELKHOUND GREY (Norsk Elghund Grå)
TRANSLATION : Norsk Kennel Klub.
ORIGIN : Norway.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 09.08.1999.
UTILIZATION : Dog for elk-hunting.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 5 Spitz and primitive types.
Section 2 Nordic Hunting Dogs. With working trial only for the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland).
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 / CHARACTER : Fearless, energetic, brave.
CRANIAL REGION : 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/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 : 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.
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.
General appearnce : Strong and firm, straight.
Shoulders : Sloping.
Upper arm : Moderately sloping.
Elbow : 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.
General appearance : Strong lean and muscular. Parallel seen from behind. Moderately angulated.
Upper thigh : Muscular and broad.
Stifle : Moderately angulated.
Lower thigh : Of medium length.
Hock joint : Moderately angulated.
Hocks : Must not reach behind the set of tail when standing.
Hind feet : Relatively small. Oval in shape, compact, toes pointed forward.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Light and effortless. Parallel seen both from the front and behind.
SKIN : Firm, without wrinkles on the head.
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 the 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.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Norwegian Elkhound Breed Standard