Norwegian Elkhound black

Other names

Norsk Elghund sort

Life expectancy

14 years

Age adult

23 months

Height (Shoulder height)

46 cm

Weight

21 kg

Coat texture

medium length / coarse-haired / undercoat / short straight hair on the face / dense

Coat color

black

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / patellar dislocation / progressive retina atrophy / sensitive to heat / kidney disease / skin diseases / glaucoma / Fanconi syndrome / chondrodysplasia / Early Retinal Degeneration

Food expenses per month in €

about € 48

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather yes

Allergy friendly

Rather not

Athletic

Very atletic

Attention

Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn

Medium

Exercise

Needs a lot of exercise

Nature

friendly / balanced / alert / lively / prone to barking / independent

Bred for

bear hunt / moose hunt

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / patellar dislocation / progressive retina atrophy / sensitive to heat / kidney disease / skin diseases / glaucoma / Fanconi syndrome / chondrodysplasia / Early Retinal Degeneration

Dog type according to FCI

spitz and primitive types

FCI description

Many dogs of this group were kept as guard, hat, hunt, or sled dogs. They are considered to be very strong-willed and often less affectionate than other breeds. Many have a pronounced territorial consciousness and get along with same-sex conspecifics less well. They are often not easy to educate and only participate in things they consider useful.

So if you want a cuddly family dog that does every trick, you wont be happy here. Generally many of these dogs, like Chow Chow, Aktita and Co. are rather one-man dogs, i.e. related to one person and do not bind themselves to the whole family. Spitze in particular tend very much to loud utterances.

Short description

The black Norwegian Elkhound is more flexible and active than the grey Norwegian Elkhound. He likes to work with hunters, but is also suitable as a family-dog. He needs a lot of physical as well as mental exercise, as well as a soft but firm training. His coat is water and dirt repellent and without scent. During change of coat the undercoat needs daily grooming, other than that he is easy to care for.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.