Black Norwegian Elk Dog

Other names: Black Norwegian Elkhound, Norsk Elghund Sort

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The Norwegian Black Elk Dog is a solidly built dog, with a rather tight body and writable in a square. It differs from its close cousin, the Gray Norwegian Elk Dog, mainly by the dominant color of its coat. The Black Norwegian Elk Dog   is particularly recognizable by its erect ears and its tail curled on the back. His gait is light and supple, with very parallel movements.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Norway
Template Average
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 18 kg to 25 kg From 43 cm to 46 cm
Male From 23 kg to 27 kg From 46 cm to 49 cm
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History of the breed

the   Black Norwegian Elk Dog is a very old breed , developed for hunting large game – mainly elk – in Norwegian forests. The first Norwegian Elk Dogs to be exhibited were in 1877 by the Norwegian Hunters Association. The British Elkhound Society was founded in the interwar years (1923), followed, 7 years later, by its American counterpart: the Norwegian Elkhound Association of America. The breed of the Black Norwegian Elk Dog was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on October 7, 1965.

Physical features

His hair: dense, tight, of medium length, of rather coarse texture, well lying on the body, shorter on the head and the front of the limbs, longer on the chest, the neck, the back of the limbs and the below the tail. The outer coat is associated with a soft, woolly undercoat.
Its color: unicolour shiny black all over the body.
Its head: wedge-shaped, dry, light and tapering towards the truffle. The skull is fairly flat, the stop distinct, the nose quite black, the muzzle straight and the lips tight.
His ears: erect and pointed, longer than wide, set high.
His eyes: dark brown in color and not protruding.
His body: of length equal to the height at the withers. The neck is moderately long, strong, the top line very straight, the withers well extended, the back straight and powerful, the croup wide and muscular and the chest well let down.
Its tail: rolled up on the back, thick, of high attachment, of reduced length and covered with a thick hair and lying down.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Black Norwegian Elk Dog   is a dog full of determination , courage and energy. He is sociable and affectionate . A good guardian , he willingly gives voice to alert his masters.

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Endowed with a rather primitive character specific to the Spitz, the Norwegian Black Elk Dog needs to be taken in hand firmly , but without balance of force, to develop a good behavior. They must also benefit from quality socialization , from an early age.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Black Norwegian Elk Dog   needs a large living space . A house with a large fenced garden might suit him, but not an apartment. It is aimed at people with a minimum of experience in dog training , who know how to be respected and who know the specific needs of this dog.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Black Norwegian Elk Dog   is a hardy and healthy dog . While its double coat provides excellent protection against low temperatures and humidity , the breed has a predisposition to certain diseases, including the following: pyoderma (bacterial infection of the skin) and generalized retinal atrophy (degeneration of the retina).

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 7 and 14 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Black Norwegian Elk Dog is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Black Norwegian Elk Dog is subject to 2 moults per year , occurring in spring and fall. During these periods, he can lose a lot of hair . Apart from that, the maintenance of the Black Norwegian Elk Dog   does not involve any particular difficulties.

It is recommended to brush the dog at least twice a week . During the moults, brushing is to be done every day. It does not need to be washed.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
900 €

The purchase price of a Black Norwegian Elk Dog is between 600 € and 900 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Black Norwegian Elk Dog is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Black Norwegian Elk Dog   has a lot of energy , hence the need to offer him 2 long daily outings .


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1965


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