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Black Norwegian Elkhound
(Norsk Elghund Sort) is a modern variant of the Grey Norwegian Elkhound. It is a small Spitz breed and is very rare outside the Nordic countries of Scandinavia. It is bred for the same purpose as the Grey Norwegian Elkhound but is smaller, more agile, and easier to recognize in the snow. Historically, it is a much “younger” breed, first bred in Norway during the early 19th century.
The AKC breed name “Elkhound,” is a direct translation from its original Norwegian name “Elghund,” meaning “moose dog.” In Norwegian, “elg” means “moose”, and “hund” means “dog.”
The Black Norwegian Elkhound
is a typical Spitz breed with a short compact body, dark eyes, ears standing straight up, and a curly tail carried over the back. It has a rich coat that does not stand out from the body. This is an all-weather hunting dog and the coat is very important. It must be able to keep out the heavy autumn rain in Scandinavia and endure the cold weather, which it does very well.
It has a dense, short, thick, course, double coat and is solid black. The dog stands about 46-51 centimeters (18″-20″) – 47 cm (+3/-4) for males and 44 cm (+3/-4) for females – and weighs about 18 kilograms (40 lbs).