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Black Norwegian Elkhound (Lying, Face)
Lying, Face

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Name Black Norwegian Elkhound
Other names Norsk Elghund Sort, Norsk Elghund Black, Black Elkhound, Norwegian Moose Dog (black)
Origin Norway
Breed Group Northern
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years






Strong Willed


Male: 19-21 inches (48-53 cm)

Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)


Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg)

Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)

Colors Black
Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $700 - $1000 USD

Black Norwegian Elkhounds are still a somewhat rare breed in the United States. In general, in buying to a legit Breeder you can expect to pay $700 – $1000 to Black Norwegian Elkhound puppies.

Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

4 stars

The Black Norwegian Elkhound will be okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is fairly active indoors and does best with at least a large yard. Elkhounds prefer cool climates.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

5 stars

The Black Norwegian Elkhound is a very energetic dog that thrives on strenuous activity. They need to be taken on a daily, long, brisk walk or jog. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. It should have at least an hour of exercise a day. It will enjoy a running beside your bike or a really good run in the woods, but remember that these dogs like to roam. If it picks up an interesting scent, it may ignore you when you call it.


3 stars

The hard, coarse, weatherproof coat is easy to groom. It should be brushed regularly, with extra care given while the dog is shedding its dense undercoat. When the dog is shedding, the dead hair clings to the new hair. The dead hair should be removed with a rubber brush or a wooden comb with a double row of metal teeth. Brushes and combs just for this purpose are sold in pet stores. Bathe only when necessary, as it removes the natural oils in the skin. Like other Arctic dogs, they do not have the usual smell of dog hair. The coat is both water and dirt resistant. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


3 stars

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3 stars

Shedding Level

2 stars

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


3 stars

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

The Black Elkhound is used in all types of hunts but excels best in hunting large game such as elk, moose and bear. It is very good at tracking and makes an excellent watch dog. It is a good family dog but can sometimes be a bit contentious in relations with other dogs. The Elkhound has been an important dog for farmers in Scandinavia for hundreds of years.

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Black Norwegian Elkhound Puppy (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Black Norwegian Elkhound Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Charlie Daisy
03 Toby Lucy
04 Jack Luna
05 Cody Ginger
06 Duke Emma
07 Riley Chloe
08 Oliver Stella
09 Bailey Sasha
10 Sam Abbie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


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.

The Black Norwegian Elkhound is a very robust and hardy dog: very alert and full of power and pride. It is more strong-minded than the Grey Elkhound. The most recommended training method is one that focuses on motivating the dog; such as clicker training or reward-based training methods. Using punishment or dominance-based methods could negatively impact training with the Black Norwegian Elkhound. It is easy to train, but always needs something to do to be happy. It needs continuous exercise and activity in concert with its superb intelligence to do well. It is an excellent hunting dog and loves to be in the forest.


The Black Norwegian Elkhound originated in Scandinavia and is one of the most ancient breeds; it is thousands of years old and has been around since the Stone Age. A skeleton similar to today's Black Norwegian Elkhound dating from 4000 to 5000 BC has been found. To put some perspective on it, these dogs have been around since man hunted with slingshots and lived in caves. They worked as hunting and guard dogs for the Vikings. The dogs were used as big and small game hunters, tracking animals such as moose, elk, bear, mountain lion, badger, lynx, wolf, reindeer and rabbit. The dogs would track the quarry and alert the hunter by barking, holding the animal at bay until the hunter arrived. Norwegian Elkhounds can smell game from over a mile away. The dogs tended to work better at night than in the daytime. The breed is also highly prized as a sled dog. In case of war, the Norwegian Defense Minister has the power to mobilize all privately owned Elkhounds. In more recent times, the friendly and reliable character of the Elkhound has helped win a place in many homes as a cherished family pet. The name "Elkhound" is a direct translation from its original Norwegian name "Elghund," meaning "moose dog." In Norwegian, "elg" means "moose" and "hund" means "dog." Some of the Elkhound's talents include: hunting, tracking, herding, watchdog, guarding, sledding and agility. There is also a more popular standard gray Norwegian Elkhound that is recognized as a separate breed, but is almost identical in type except for color.


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