The Norwegian Elkhound – A Hardy, Versatile Breed with Viking Roots

A supporter of animal rights, Steubenville, Ohio, resident Cody Saltsman condemns the practice of inhumane laboratory testing of animals for product development. He and his family have rescued a number of abused cats and dogs over the years. Cody Saltsman currently has a Great Dane and Norwegian elkhound as family pets. The latter breed is unique in that it has strong ties with the Spitz, from which it was bred for specific elk and moose hunting purposes.

Categorized as a hound for its hunting ability, the Norwegian elkhound has skills that extend to guarding and defending the home and herding. The hardy breed came about during the Viking era. The hound had to survive freezing temperatures while navigating a rugged terrain of thickly forested mountains. While elkhounds have been bred for many centuries, Norwegian elkhound pedigrees stretch back only to the late 19th century with the breed first gaining American Kennel Club recognition in 1930.


Swimming Safety for Dogs

An animal lover and animal rights activist, Cody Saltsman enjoys spending time with his two family dogs. In the warm-weather months, Cody Saltsman takes the opportunity to swim with one of his dogs.

Many dogs love to swim, but it falls to the owner to keep the dog safe in the water. To achieve this, an owner should first realize that his or her dog does not necessarily swim well. All dog owners should bring their dogs to shallow water and test their swimming abilities before attempting to swim with them in deeper pools. The owner should also determine whether he or she can pull the dog back to safety if the unexpected occurs.

Owners should plan to swim with their dogs and should take care that the dog does not swim away too far. Because many dogs will swim until they exhaust themselves, owners should watch the dog for fatigue and ensure that the dog knows how and where to get out of the pool. Furthermore, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the swimming area is safe and that the dog seems contented. If a dog seems fearful or reluctant, an owner should not request that the animal swim.

The Siberian Husky

College student Cody Saltsman supports campaigns that benefit people and animals. Along with supporting animal welfare, Cody Saltsman enjoys playing with his family’s two dogs. He considers the Siberian Huskies his favorite breed because of their markings and eyes.

Medium-sized dogs, Siberian Huskies were originally bred in Asia by the Chukchi Tribe before earning international recognition during the early 20th century. Due to their upbringing in cold climates, they were successful in winning sled races and even completed a 650+-mile trek to bring medicine to people in Nome, Alaska, in only five days. During World War II, the US Army utilized them for a search and rescue team.

Known for their distinctive gray, black, and white coloring, Siberian Huskies have thicker coats than most dogs. Although they are a clean animal, they require brushing at least once a week, and more during shedding periods. Additionally, they have expressive almond-shaped eyes that are usually blue, brown, or heterochromic.

Siberian Huskies are also beloved because of their pleasant personalities. They are very comfortable around other dogs due to their heritage as pack animals. Regularly looking to make friends, these dogs also get along with children and other members of a family. However, they are energetic, and owners should provide them with ample room to run around.