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One of the world's most ancient pure-bred dogs, the Norwegian Elkhound once trotted alongside the sea-faring Vikings as they voyaged through the Old World. Marked by its boldly energetic personality, the Elkhound of Norway proves to be a versatile companion and hunting dog, whose varied quarry included elk, reindeer, bear and game birds. Today the Elkhound is prized for its natural beauty, friendly temperament and independence of character. This is a dignified Spitz breed that has opinions of its own, many clever and curious ways, and distinct voice to express them all. For the confident, active owner, the Elkhound makes a delightful companion dog. Author Juliette Cunliffe has provided a well-researched, informative chapter about the Norwegian Elkhound's fascinating origins, including a detailed account of the breed's development in the US. She also discusses the breed's characteristics, behavior and temperament. This Special Limited Edition, illustrated with over 135 color photographs, covers the selection and care of the Elkhound puppy as well as house-training, obedience training and competing in dog shows and performance events. An excellent chapter on preventive healthcare by renowned veterinarian Dr. Lowell Ackerman addresses all of the concerns of the responsible owner, from selecting a great vet to controlling parasites and the major infectious diseases.