Black Norwegian Elkhound


The Black Norwegian Elkhoundis 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. It is classified by the FCI as a hunting dog, although it is also used as a watchdog, guarddog and herder.
The AKC breed name "Elkhound," comes directly from its original Norwegian name "Elghund," meaning ""elk dog" or moose dog." In Norwegian, "elg" refers to the animal English speakers know as an "elk" or "moose", and "hund" means "dog."


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Coat Colors

The recognised colors of the Black Norwegian Elkhound are: black, white, and brown.

Life Expectancy

The Black Norwegian Elkhound has a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.

Height and Weight

The Black Norwegian Elkhound typically weighs between 45 to 80 pounds, placing it on the heavier end of dog breeds. It's typically 18 to 25 inches in height.
Gender Weight Range Height Range
Male 55 pounds - 80 pounds 20 inches - 25 inches
Feamle 45 pounds - 70 pounds 18 inches - 24 inches

Food Consumption in Cups

The Black Norwegian Elkhoundwill require on average 2.0 cups of dog food daily for proper nutrition.

Black Norwegian Elkhound Photos

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