Norwegian Elkhound vs Scotch Collie

Compare the Norwegian Elkhound to the Scotch Collie. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Norwegian Elkhounds and Scotch Collies.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Norwegian Elkhound is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Norwegian Elkhound and Scotch Collie are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Norwegian Elkhound is easy to groom. The Scotch Collie has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Norwegian Elkhound bark/howls frequently. The Scotch Collie has a low tendency to bark.
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Norwegian Elkhound vs Scotch Collie
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Tri-Color Scotch Collie
Breed NameNorwegian ElkhoundScotch Collie
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height19-20 in.19-24 in.
Weight45-57 lb40-70 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryNorwayNot Specified
Origin Year4000 BC1600 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹-20°F to 70°F25°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed25 mph28 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighMedium
SheddingMedium-HighLow-Medium
DanderMediumLow-Medium
Drool AmountLowNone

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 NameNorwegian ElkhoundScotch Collie
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingHighBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingAverageHigh
HuntingHighVery Low
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameNorwegian ElkhoundScotch Collie
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameNorwegian ElkhoundScotch Collie
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & GrayYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
Black, White, & SilverYesNo
Gray & BlackYesNo
Gray, Black, & SilverYesNo
Silver & BlackYesNo
Silver, Gray, & BlackYesNo
Black & WhiteNoYes
Brown SableNoYes
Tri-colorNoYes