To encourage and promote quality in the breeding of Purebred Norwegian Elkhounds and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.

To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by The American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Norwegian Elkhounds shall be judged.

To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials.

To conduct sanctioned and licensed specialty shows and obedience trials under the rules of The American Kennel Club.


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The Puget Sound Norwegian Elkhound Association (PSNEA) is the second oldest Elkhound club in the US, organized in 1950. PSNEA is a member of the Norwegian Elkhound Association of America (NEAA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC).


What a legacy the pioneers of this club have left when they decided to join forces to promote and enjoy this great gray dog of Norway. Throughout the Pacific Northwest, and the world for that matter, breeders, show families and companion owners have enjoyed the work, devotion, sweat, tears, and money that have made these dogs so very special to us. Pacific Northwest Kennel names are recognized everywhere.  PSNEA members come from Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.


Our focus is to provide the public with knowledge of our breed, to assist current Elkhound owners with their dogs and most important to help potential Elkhound owners obtain a family pet, a quality breeding Elkhound or a dog from our Rescue Program.


We hold our annual Norwegian Elkhound Specialty Dog Show in August in conjunction with the Olympic Kennel Club Open Dog Show. This four-day event is held at the Enumclaw Washington Expo Center. Our Elkhound Specialty is held on Friday and the Olympic Kennel Club Open Dog Show is held on Saturday and Sunday. Most club members compete for all three days.


After our Specialty, we host a catered BBQ and a raffle. The proceeds from the raffle support our rescue program. We've rescued Elkhounds from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean, Mexico to Canada. Rescuing dogs can be a large and sometimes expensive operation.  




PSNEA has a very active Rescue Program through which we place and support many Elkhounds who have lost their owners for one reason or another. We’ve flown dogs from all across the country to our rescue focal in Hillsboro OR to be placed in new homes. We work with the Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue program to rescue Elkhounds that end up in area shelters or are in need of being re-homed. After our Specialty Show, we parade our rescued dogs for that year, present each with a basket of goodies and ask each owner to tell us about their dogs' new life. 


In conjunction with the three-day show, PSNEA sponsors an all-breed eye clinic conducted by Paul Sherlie, DVM, Clackamas OR. Dr. Sherlie is very popular; his clinic keeps our members busy from morning to night. During the show we will examine the eyes of 200 or more dogs. The convenience of the eye clinic is helpful for all responsible breeders who wish to do health tests on their breeding stock. PSNEA uses its share of the proceeds to help fund our Rescue Program.

With our far-flung membership, this is a special time for us to get together renew old friendships and tell tall tails. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new and potential new Elkhound owners.