The Elo breed dog was developed with behavioral traits in mind rather than physical traits, so there is quite a bit of variation when it comes to their appearance. They typically stand around a foot and a half to two feet tall at the shoulder and are slightly longer than they are tall with a long, well-furred tail that curls up over their backs. They have a slightly foxy appearance, with furry triangular ears and a long tapered muzzle, although some muzzles are longer and more tapered than others. Their thick, double-layer coat can come in nearly any color including grey, red, brown, or black, usually with a white chest and belly, although the protective outer layer can be either flat-coated, also known as Glatthaar, with medium-length straight fur that is generally shorter on the face and legs, or wire-coated, also known as Rauhaar, with long, wavy fur all over their body. Both the flat-coated and the wire-coated variety have a fairly weather-proof outer layer that should not be washed too often as bathing that is too frequent often strips the coat of its natural oils. While the coat rarely needs bathing or trimming, these dogs do shed rather heavily, and brushing is generally a daily affair. It is important to brush through the entire coat thoroughly when grooming this breed in order to ensure that no tangles or mats develop in the undercoat. The shedding is even more pronounced during the change of seasons and may require brushing more than once a day to control.