Flat-coated Retriever vs Norwegian Elkhound

Compare the Flat-coated Retriever to the Norwegian Elkhound. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Flat-coated Retrievers and Norwegian Elkhounds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Norwegian Elkhound is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Flat-Coated Retriever is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Norwegian Elkhound.
  • Children - Both the Flat-Coated Retriever and Norwegian Elkhound are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Flat-Coated Retriever is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Flat-Coated Retriever and Norwegian Elkhound are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Flat-Coated Retriever vs Norwegian Elkhound
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Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverNorwegian Elkhound
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-10 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height22-24½ in.19-20 in.
Weight55-80 lb45-57 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomNorway
Origin Year1859 AD4000 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 75°F-20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph25 mph
StrengthHighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium-High
SheddingMediumMedium-High
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountNone-LowLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverNorwegian Elkhound
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingBelow AverageHigh
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverNorwegian Elkhound
Lifespan
Lifespan8-10 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CancerYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverNorwegian Elkhound
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
LiverYesNo
Black & GrayNoYes
Black & SilverNoYes
Black, White, & SilverNoYes
Gray & BlackNoYes
Gray, Black, & SilverNoYes
Silver & BlackNoYes
Silver, Gray, & BlackNoYes