Black Norwegian Elkhound

The Black Norwegian Elkhound (also called Norsk Elghund Sort) is a newer breed originating in Norway in late 18th century. It is a variant of the ancient, stone age dogs, the Grey Norwegian Elkhound. The name "Elghund" translates to "moose dog" as these were developed purposefully to hunt down the moose. The Black Norwegian Elkhound is a medium size friendly and outgoing dog with a robust and strong body. It has height and weight between 18-21 inches and 40-60 lbs respectively.
The dog is squarely built with a wedge-shaped head and flat skull. The muzzle is short with straight nose bridge. The nose is black and eyes are dark brown and oval shaped. Wide erect ears are set high on the head. Neck is medium length and firm. The loin is broad, straight and well-developed. The belly is slightly tucked up. The body is well adopted to extremes of weather with strong straight forearms and muscular lean hindquarters. It has thickly coated short and curled up tail. The dense and close fitted coat of the Black Norwegian Elkhound is rough and comes in shiny black color.

The dog is built to perform under difficult weather conditions and on difficult terrain. It can go about its required task relentlessly and tirelessly. It has amazing stamina and endurance and makes great hunting companion. This dog is not only used as hunting dog, this multi-utility animal can be used effectively for herding, guarding and protecting purposes.

This dog is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by other kennel clubs including FCI and DRA.

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