Canine Health and Research

Who doesn’t want their Norwegian Elkhound to live a happier, healthier, longer life?


NEAA’s Canine Health and Research Committee (CH&R) believes that our breed can attain those goals by focusing on the health and well being of the Norwegian Elkhound and keeping NEAA members apprised of current trends and issues that could impact the breed. The six members of the committee come from diverse regions of the country each bringing knowledge and expertise from various animal health and medical fields. The committee utilizes available knowledge, generates funding, identifies research objectives and disseminates information as it relates to the health of the Norwegian Elkhound.


Responsible elkhound breeders adhere to the testing recommendations passed in 2014 by the NEAA board: breeding stock should have hips x-rayed for hip dysplasia with results submitted to OFA or evaluated by PennHip; eyes should be examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist with results submitted to OFA; urinalysis; CBC/blood chemistry; and thyroid testing. Thanks to dedicated breeders’ attention to testing and pedigrees, the Norwegian Elkhound remains a healthy, robust breed.


Through the NEAA Research Fund and the AKC/Canine Health Foundation – Norwegian Elkhound Donor Advised Fund, NEAA supports research vital to the health of Norwegian Elkhounds specifically and the canine community as a whole.

Studies encompassing canine cancer, epilepsy, leptospirosis, hip dysplasia, thyroid abnormalities, and ophthalmologic defects, to name a few, have received funding from NEAA, its members and friends.


You, too, can support this wonderful breed. Donate to the NEAA Research Fund and/or the AKC Canine Health Foundation  (indicate the Norwegian Elkhound Donor Advised Fund on your gift).