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20-45 lbs
United States
Norwegian Elkhound

The Elk-a-Bee is a mixture of the Norwegian Elkhound and Beagle parent breeds. He is a medium to large dog. He will have a short, smooth coat, but, unfortunately, he will likely shed a good bit. He may “blow coat” two or three times a year based on his Norwegian Elkhound parentage. He will be a hunter, and it is not recommended that you let him roam loose unless he is in a fenced-in area. He is sweet and loyal, but may also be stubborn. For this reason, it is recommended that the Elk-a-Bee attend obedience classes. He is a great watchdog, and a loving protector of his family. 

Companion, Watchdog
Date of Origin
Norwegian Elkhound and Beagle

Elk-a-Bee Health

Average Size
Male Elk-a-Bee size stats
Height: 15-21 inches Weight: 20-50 lbs
Female Elk-a-Bee size stats
Height: 15-19 inches Weight: 20-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • None
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Lab Tests

Elk-a-Bee Breed History

There is not a lot of information on the Elk-a-bee breed itself, but we can learn about the parent breeds in order to understand what to expect from the hybrid breed. The Norwegian Elkhound finds his origins in the days of the Vikings. It is possible that he can trace his history back even further. Dogs with similar skeletons have been found and dated back to 5000 BC. The Norwegian Elkhound has an important place in the history of the Vikings as well as the history of the country of Norway. He was used to guard herds, flocks and homes. He was also used to hunt bear and moose. He would track down his prey and then hold it until the hunter could arrive to finish the kill. He would alert the hunter by barking, which also served to pin the prey out of fear. The Norwegian Hunters Association introduced the breed to the world during a dog show in 1877. The Beagle has a more uncertain origin. The breed as we know it today did not really develop until the 19th century. There are some Roman artifacts that depict a dog very much like the Beagle. William the Conqueror brought now extinct Talbot hounds to England in 1066. It is believed that these dogs are the ancestors of the Beagle and the Foxhound. Glove Beagles (a smaller version of the Beagle) were popular even as far back as the time of Henry VII (1509). Elizabeth I kept packs of Pocket Beagles, which were only about nine inches tall. They weren’t very fast, though, so they weren’t good hunters. In the mid-1800s, Phillip Honeywood established a pack of Beagles in England, and these are thought to be the direct ancestors of the modern-day Beagle. Shortly after, Beagles were imported to America, where they have become a great hunting companion. The Elk-a-bee is recognized by the DRA (Dog Registry Association).

Elk-a-Bee Breed Appearance

The Elk-a-bee will be a combination of both parent breeds, the Norwegian Elkhound and the Beagle. While there is not a lot of information about the Elk-a-bee breed itself, we can study the parent breeds in order to determine what the Elk-a-bee will look like. The Norwegian Elkhound is typically medium gray with black-tipped guard hairs. His coat may also be accented by silver. Across his back (the “saddle” area), there may be darker gray coloring. His ears and tail will often have black tips. His chest is a lighter gray. The Beagle may be a variety of colors; however, a white-tipped tail is a trademark of the breed. (This was so that hunters could find the dog in brush.) The most common coloring of a Beagle is a tri-color: brown and white with a black “saddle” on the back of the dog. He will generally have white on his legs, chest, face, and neck. The breed standard says that most any color is acceptable for a Beagle. The Elk-a-Bee is typically larger in body than the Beagle and is often seen with upright ears that are large like the Elkhound's. His coloring can very often be like that of the Beagle in that he is tri-colored. His eyes and nose are very Beagle like and the expression is alert and happy. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Elk-a-Bee eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Elk-a-Bee nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Elk-a-Bee coat
brown Elk-a-Bee coat
black Elk-a-Bee coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Elk-a-Bee straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Elk-a-Bee Breed Maintenance

There is not a lot of information about the Elk-a-bee; however, we can study the parent breeds in order to determine what type of maintenance the hybrid breed will require. The Norwegian Elkhound has a double coat that is weather and dirt-resistant. The top coat is short, thick and smooth. The undercoat is dense, wooly, and soft. While the Elkhound does not shed heavily on a regular basis, at least two times a year he will “blow coat” which is a massive shedding that is not good for those with allergies. Weekly brushing will help alleviate much of the shedding hair. The Norwegian Elkhound is a fairly clean breed and doesn’t have a “doggy” smell. He only needs to be bathed when necessary; his natural oils will help keep his coat shiny and healthy-looking. It is important to use a high-quality dog shampoo on the Norwegian Elkhound. Your vet can recommend a good shampoo for the Norwegian Elkhound. The Beagle has a water-resistant smooth, dense double coat. He is an average shedder. Once weekly brushing with a medium-bristle brush or a hound glove will loosen and remove dead hair. Although the Beagle is prone to shedding, the short hairs are often unnoticeable (compared to a poodle, for instance). Springtime shedding is much heavier than other seasonal shedding because the Beagle’s coat thickens during the winter. The Beagle is relatively clean; unless he finds a muddy hole, you shouldn’t have to bathe the Beagle often. You will need to clean his ears regularly. A damp bath cloth wiped gently in the ears will suffice. Check his ears regularly for redness or odor, which could indicate an infection. Your Elk-a-Bee will need to be brushed weekly with a pin brush in order to keep his coat free of loose fur. Bathing often will not be necessary. However, his teeth should be cleaned a few times a week and the nails trimmed bi-weekly, unless your hybrid wears them down with activity.

Brushes for Elk-a-Bee
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Elk-a-Bee requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Elk-a-Bee Temperament

The Norwegian Elkhound parent is a playful, intelligent breed. He is quite independent, and he may see his humans as his equals (as opposed to a pack leader). The Norwegian Elkhound likes to be with you in the middle of every activity. He can be difficult to train, so obedience classes or “puppy kindergarten” classes might help, especially if you are a novice dog owner. The Norwegian Elkhound is a natural watchdog, and he is fiercely protective of his family. He is extremely attached to his family. He should never be left alone for long periods of time. The Norwegian Elkhound is recommended to have early socialization so that he knows what is expected of him. The Beagle parent is sweet, gentle, and playful. They do have a naughty streak, however. They are highly intelligent, and hunters primarily. Training the Beagle will be somewhat difficult. Food rewards are a good idea for working with the Beagle. Obedience classes are also recommended for the Beagle, especially for first-time owners. He requires early socialization in order to know what is expected of him. Your Elk-a-Bee will thrive with consistent training and teaching given with a firm but considerate hand. Be certain to establish yourself as the leader early on in the relationship.

Elk-a-Bee Activity Requirements

The Elk-a-bee is a fairly active dog. It is recommended that he gets ample exercise to ensure that he maintains a healthy weight. He may have a tendency to gain weight if he is not exposed to regular exercise. He will do best in a home with a yard so that he can run and play freely. He is a hunter at heart, so if you take him outside of his yard, be sure he is on a leash. However, he will want to be inside with his family at night. He may wander off on the scent of potential prey. He will have a fairly high energy level, which a brisk walk or an afternoon at the dog park should lessen. It is important to remember that both parent breeds of thee Elk-a-bee are prone to weight gain without proper exercise.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Elk-a-Bee Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

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