Norsk Elghund Sort, as the breed is called in Norwegian, has an ancient history - from before 5000 - 4000 BC and is similar to the Norwegian Elkhound grey. The stories of the two species split around 1800. From this point, the Norwegian Elkhound black, also called "little brother" of the Norwegian Elkhound grey, already exists as a distinct breed that was used to hunt bears, deer, even wolves. After the 1900, specialists bred these dogs mainly at the expense of Norwegian Elkhound black, which led to the near extinction of the breed in the middle of the last century. Now there is an established bank with sperm in case the danger of extinction of the Norwegian reappears. The breed is grown mainly in the border area between Norway and Sweden. There, it is used as border dog as it is more aggressive than its older brother.
The Norwegian Elkhound black is almost unknown outside its homeland and puppies for sale can be found mainly in the Scandinavian countries. It was officially recognized in 1877.
The Norwegian Elkhound black has the typical characteristics of a Spitz, but is a bit smaller and has a more compact body. The fur is thick, acute and fitting to the body. It is longer on the neck and chest and forms a fluffy collar. Its color is black, shiny and may have white hairs on the chest, front legs and paws. The neck is muscular and strong. The limbs of the dog are healthy with dense bones. The back is straight and wide.
The head is wedge-shaped, while the skull is almost flat. The eyes are brown, not protruding and look fearlessly. The ears are sharp, protruding upward and very mobile. The tail is coiled over the back and covered with dense hair. According to the standard for this breed, it is possible to cut the tail, but is not recommended.
The ideal height for males is 47 cm and 44 cm for females. The average weight of the dog is about 20 kg.
Thanks to their black color, these dogs could easily be seen by hunters in the winter.
Character and behavior
The Norwegian Elkhound black is a vigorous, fearless, resilient, proud and independent dog. It is particularly durable and has a high capacity for both hunting and for pulling sleds or playing games with the family. This dog is a good guard. It rarely shows aggressiveness, but by nature is a predatory hunter. It has a beautiful voice and loves to bark.
Training and education
This dog is easy to train, but requires master's determination and leadership. It needs constant physical and mental exercises to feel good. Its training and socialization should begin at an early age. The combination of a firm hand and care is the right approach.
In Norway, these dogs are frequently used for therapy of mentally ill people. They also help in nursing homes and even help prisoners to not lose touch with the outside world and thus take away the tension.
Grooming and care
You need to brush the coat of your Norwegian Elkhound black every day, but other special care is not necessary. This dog can live both in an apartment and in the yard. Keep in mind that it likes to dig, so your flowers are note safe.
This breed hasn't got any specific pathology or genetic diseases. Typically, these dogs are very healthy and have a good life expectancy - about 13 years. Some representatives may have problems with hip dysplasia.
Children and other pets
The Norwegian Elkhound black acts very patronizingly, especially to children. It is a good friend, as long as its owners respect it and accept its true slightly primitive nature.
There is a legend about the extraordinary devotion of the Norwegian Elkhound, according to which, these dogs could not bear the death of their masters and died with them.
First dog was represented at an exhibition in Norway in 1879.