Original Name : Norsk Elghund Sort
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Norwegian, Moose, Dog
Male size : 18-19½ inches, ideally 18½ inches
Female size : 17-18 inches, ideally 17¼ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Norway
Like its grey namesake, the black Norwegian Elkhound was bred to track moose – known as elks in Britain, which is how it got its English name. The courage and coolness needed to pursue these powerful animals continue to be sought after by breeders today.
Wedge-shaped, tapering to the nose, clean and light, but comparatively broad between the ears.
Level topline, well-defined withers, straight, strong back.
Shiny black. A little white on tail and feet is tolerated.
Set high, pricked, a little longer than they are broad at the base, pointed.
Set high, short, thick, with thick, close hair, but no feathering.
Dense and rough, but close to the body. Short and smooth on the head and the front of the legs.
This typical Spitz-type breed has a square-shaped body, covered by fairly close black hair. The prick ears are pointed, the tail curled over the back and the muscular, athletic neck carried proudly.