Black Norwegian Elkhound
The Black Norwegian Elkhound is a contemporary modification of the breed Grey Norwegian Elkhound. It is a tiny Spitz breed which is very rare outside and mostly found in 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 recognised by the FCI as a hunting dog, although it is also used as a guard dog, watchdog, and herder.
The Black Norwegian Elkhound originated in Scandinavia and is one of the most ancient breeds. They were used to hunt big and small game including tracking animals such as lynx, reindeer, rabbit, bear and mountain lion and they can smell them from miles away. They worked as hunting and guard dogs for the Vikings. The dogs tended to work better at night than in the daytime. This breed is highly prized as a sled dog. At the time of war, the Norwegian Defense Minister uses the power to mobilize all privately owned Elkhounds. The friendly and reliable character of the Elkhound has helped them to win a place in many homes as an enchanting family pet.
The hound has a distinctive appearance with its Spitz breed and a short compact body, ears standing straight up, dark eyes and a twisted tail on the back. It possesses a unique coat like cover does not separate from the body as this dog can hunt in almost all-weather its cot is very essential to it. It must be able to keep out the heavy autumn rain in Scandinavia and endure the cold weather, which it does very well.
It has a dense, thick, short, course, double coat and is solid black. A mature dog has height between 40 and 51 centimetres (16″-20″) – 47 cm (+3/-4) for males and 44 cm (+3/-4) for females – and weighs between 16 kilograms (35 lb) and 20 kilograms (44 lb).
The dog’s temperament is vigorous, hardy as well alert that is full of zeal, and walks with a pride, but more precisely it is a strong minded breed compared to the Grey Elkhound. The method which is the most recommended for its training is the one that emphasis on motivating the dog; like that of clicker or reward-based training methods. Practicing punishment or dominance kind of methods could impact negatively with these dogs. It is not a tough task to train, as they always need something to do to be glad. It needs incessant exercise and activities with its superb cleverness to do well. It is an brilliant dog who hunts and loves to be in the forest.
Though the dog could hunt of almost all types but it excels when it comes to hunt elk, moose and bear. It is very good at tracing and is an excellent watch dog also a good family dog but sometimes can be a bit arguable in relations with other dogs. It plays an important role for farmers in Scandinavia from hundreds of years.
Its coat requires frequent brushing.