The Norwegian Elkhunds are fearless, reliable, energetic and extremely loyal friend. These dogs are a little shy of strangers, but they are always glad to family members and other acquaintances. Like other northern-type dogs, the Norwegian Elkhund is a relatively independent animal. This independence is needed while the dog is keeping the elk waiting for the hunter, but it can be a problem when it comes to obedience training. The Elkhound's watchdog talents are evident in his tendency to defend territory and bark more dogs of other breeds.