Norwegian Elkhound vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Compare the Norwegian Elkhound to the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Norwegian Elkhounds and Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.

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 Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Norwegian Elkhound and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Norwegian Elkhound and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Norwegian Elkhound vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Silver & Black Norwegian Elkhound
White Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Breed NameNorwegian ElkhoundWirehaired Pointing Griffon
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height19-20 in.20-24 in.
Weight45-57 lb50-60 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryNorwayNetherlands
Origin Year4000 BC1873 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹-20°F to 70°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed25 mph24 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighLow
SheddingMedium-HighLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountLowLow

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 ElkhoundWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingAverageVery Low
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionHighAverage
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameNorwegian ElkhoundWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Ear InfectionsNoYes
EctropionNoYes
EntropionNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameNorwegian ElkhoundWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & GrayYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
Black, White, & SilverYesNo
Gray & BlackYesNo
Gray, Black, & SilverYesNo
Silver & BlackYesNo
Silver, Gray, & BlackYesNo
BrownNoYes
Brown & GreyNoYes
ChestnutNoYes
Chestnut & GreyNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & ChestnutNoYes
White & OrangeNoYes