12–15 years old
Spitz and breeds of primitive type
The Norwegian Black Elkhund is the younger brother of the Gray Elkhund. Dogs vary in size and color. Breeding the “black elk dog” began relatively recently at the end of the 19th century. The breed was registered with the International Cynological Federation in the 1960s.
The Norwegian Black Elkhound is a versatile hunter who is famous for his diligence, hard work and cheerful disposition. He is incredibly devoted to his master, ready to protect him to the last breath.
However, breeders also note the difficulties of educating representatives of this breed. So, the Norwegian Black Elkhund is independent and self-reliant. The training process is a game for him, but he wants to play by his own rules. Do not be surprised if, in the middle of the exercise, he stops and, as it were, asks you with a look: “Maybe enough?». Therefore, the owner of the Elkhund must be patient and affectionate, but not too soft.
Norwegian Black Elkhound a typical husky. Like many dogs of this group, he is happy to bark loudly for any reason. You should also be prepared for this.
In general, the Elkhound is a peaceful and sociable breed. He shows interest in strangers, but rarely makes first contact. His behavior can be called cautious.
The attitude of a dog to other animals is formed in childhood, so it is so important to socialize a puppy in time and introduce him to the outside world. So the owner is unlikely to have problems with the behavior of the pet on the street.
The Norwegian Black Elkhound treats children calmly, with understanding. But he is unlikely to endure children’s antics for a long time. Most likely, he will simply prefer to leave the game and retire to another room. Although much depends on the nature of the individual animal.
The dense coat of the Norwegian Black Elkhund should be brushed every day. She needs to devote at least five minutes a day to rid the pet of fallen hairs, and besides, this will help keep the apartment clean. Bathe your dog as needed, no more than once a month.
Do not forget about the hygiene of the ears and oral cavity of the pet. They are recommended to be examined weekly, and overgrown claws should be cut about once a month.
Eyes are a weak point in dogs of this breed. They often suffer from diseases such as glaucoma, retinal atrophy and cataracts. Do not neglect preventive examinations at the veterinarian.
Conditions of detention
The energetic Norwegian Elkhound thrives in a private home where he has access to the outdoors. These are freedom-loving dogs that need long active walks and sports. Elkhound can live in a city apartment, but the owner must be prepared for many hours of walking.