National Events

The NEAA National Specialty is a must-attend event. Imagine the experience of 100 – 150 Norwegian Elkhounds gathered together to compete for top dog.

Meet and learn from top breeders, mentors, judges and find new Elkhound friends.

The “National” features the National Specialty, an AKC Conformation dog show with only Elkhounds to crown the “National Champion”.

Elkhounds compete in Agility, Obedience, and Rally Trials and sometimes Barn Hunt, Herding, or other sports.

The Auction is not only a fundraiser but the place to find one-of-a-kind or rare Elkhound memorabilia.

Awards Banquet to honor service to the club, acknowledge the top breeders, dogs, and competitors.

2019 National Cavalcade of Events
2016 National Champion June Taylor-2

Regional Clubs

The NEAA is a national organization, welcoming as members owners and breeders from the United States, Canada, and many foreign countries.

There are fourteen Norwegian Elkhound regional or specialty clubs, which are also members. These clubs hold educational sessions, sponsor matches and specialty shows, and are particularly concerned with Norwegian Elkhound welfare on an local basis.


Regional Clubs often have picnics or fun social events, offer Meet the Breeds, Barn Hunts, or respond to rescue situations.  They are a local resource for advice on Norwegian Elkhounds on grooming, training, and other questions.

Find Clubs

Event Calendar

Find out where you can meet an elkhound at NEAA or Regional Club events.

Search our Elkhound Calendar for events sponsored by the NEAA or Regional Clubs. In addition to competitions, there are picnics, Meet the Breeds, and other fun get-togethers.

AKC also has a calendar of events to find shows and competitions in your state.

Elkhound Event Calendar

Breed Ambassadors

Want more information on Norwegian Elkhounds? Would you like to meet one nearby or in your state?

Our Breed Ambassadors are NEAA members from across the U.S. and Canada who have offered to answer questions and be a friendly resource. Some are breeders, many show dogs, others train in agility or performance, or work with therapy dogs, and all love Elkhounds.

Connect with a Breed Ambassador volunteer near you. If you are looking for an Elkhound, please visit our Find A Dog.

Find A Breed Ambassador

NEAA History


The Norwegian Elkhound Association of America was admitted to the American Kennel Club in November of 1935, and each year thereafter a delegate has been elected to represent the Association at the AKC meetings. The Association was organized and continues to exist for the purpose of encouraging the responsible breeding of purebred Norwegian Elkhounds, developing and bringing to perfection their natural high qualities, and doing all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed in competitive events and as a companion dog.

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