Suecia FCI 42 - Nordic Hunting Dogs


As with most breeds developed for hunting, the Jämthund requires a large amount of regular exercise to keep fit, both physically and mentally.



The Jamthund, also called Swedish Elkhound, It is a breed of dog of type Spitz northern europe. Swedish Elkhound is an eponymous of Jämtland, central province of Sweden.

This race, of similar appearance to the Wolf, It was recognized by the FCI from 1946, due to the intense work of Aksel Lindström and other. Prior to that, the Jämthund and the Gray Norwegian Elkhound they were seen as the same race.

Despite the short history in regards to the official recognition of the race, theories of the locals in Jämtland claim that the Jämthunds have lived with them since the end of the last ice age. The Jamthund, they have been used (and they are used) for hunting Moose and pull sledges.

Physical characteristics

The Jamthund has erect ears, medium long nose, Brown eyes and mantle of double hair with two colors. The eyes are brown.

The Swedish Elkhound He is respected for his wolf-like appearance and his great and powerful stature. With a height at the cross of 57 to 65 centimeters and a weight of about 30 kg, It is the largest and heaviest of the three recognized moose dogs and at the same time the largest Nordic hunting dog. Throughout its long history, the Swedish Elkhound not only faced wolves, lynx and elk, but also adult bears, whom he faced fearlessly when hunting.

Character and skills

Despite the calm and affectionate with the members of the family, the Swedish Elkhound can be a bit dominant with other dogs and has a strong prey drive. It is a very versatile dog, easy adaptation, You will be happy to go to a hunting trip and return home safely, There also will be at ease. It tends to take everything very calmly and not vistas with ease, This makes it an excellent companion dog.

The Jämthund is easy to train, It will become a happy student who loves to please its owner.

It should be socialized at an early age to avoid problems of dominance and territoriality, When you get to adulthood.

As with most breeds developed for hunting, the Swedish Elkhound requires a lot of regular exercise to keep fit, both physically and mentally. He bored quickly if it stays inside for a long time and can be destructive.

It is an excellent companion, fell, quiet, balanced and very affectionate.

Cuidados del Jämthund

The waterproof coat of the Swedish Elkhound repels dirt and moisture well, but it still needs to be brushed regularly. It is best to comb your hair daily, especially during the layer change phase. This way you can remove dead hair in time and at the same time ensure that the amount of hair in your home is kept within limits.. However, you should not expect meticulous cleaning in your home as the owner of this dog.

In addition to the toilet, claws should be trimmed regularly to avoid injury. Your roommate's ears and teeth should also be cleaned and checked at regular intervals., about two or three times a week.

What food does the Jämthund need?

More decisive than the price of the food should be the price of the ingredients. This does not mean that the most expensive food is always the best.. Much more important is that the composition is adjusted to the needs of your dog and these depend on quite individual criteria such as weight, age, activity level and health status.

Basically, the food of Swedish Elkhound, like all the other dogs, should consist mainly of meat. It is the most important energy supplier for the descendant of the wolf and must constitute at least the 80 percent of the diet. The meat is complemented with vegetables, important fruits and fats, that provide an optimal supply of nutrients.

The cereals, the sugar, artificial flavor enhancers and chemical preservatives, on the other hand, have no place in dog food, regardless of whether it is dry food, wet, even cooked or raw food (BARF).

Salud del Jämthund

Careful grooming is not just for cleanliness and hygiene, but above all for the health of your dog. Brush your dog regularly and check his ears, claws, eyes and teeth. This way you can quickly detect any changes and make an appointment with the vet on time.

Being overweight is a problem for all dog breeds and quickly causes more complaints. Therefore, it is advisable to check your pet's weight regularly. Hand palpation is also a good way to determine if your dog is of normal weight.. You shouldn't be able to see your dog's ribs from a distance, but I should be able to feel them.

In all other respects, the Swedish Elkhound he is a very robust dog, and there is no need to fear the hereditary diseases typical of the breed. If you have the time, the experience, money and the desire to fully adapt to this breed, you will surely have many years of pleasure with him Swedish Elkhound.

Breeding and buying a Jämthund

In Sweden the Swedish Elkhound has long been known beyond hunting circles and is popular as a versatile utility and companion dog. In other countries of the world, However, this swedish dog is very rare. Although you can find breeders in Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and North America, finding and waiting for a purebred puppy can sometimes take years. Therefore, it is advisable to contact a registered association for Nordic dogs, that can help you find breeders in Scandinavia.

What do I have to consider when buying a Jämthund?

Although the distance to the breeder is long, those interested should take the time to get to know the kennel, the animals and the breeder in detail before buying. Don't take home the first best puppy, but convince yourself in several visits that it is serious parenting, that dogs breed with much experience and love.

In addition to health tests, vaccines and the presence of all important papers and a pedigree, animals must grow up in a close relationship with their breeder from birth. The socialization of a Swedish Elkhound already begins in the first weeks of life. Living with his mother and brothers, but also with the breeder's family, puppies learn the most important rules of the hierarchy.

What demands does the Jämthund make to the owner?

A Swedish Elkhound need plenty of exercise. You must also be sufficiently disabled both physically and mentally. A life in gated communities, in the city and without a garden, it certainly doesn't do this kind of dog justice.

The Swedish Elkhound feels more comfortable in rural areas. There you can move freely and spend a lot of time in nature. If not used for hunting purposes, you should definitely offer alternative activities. Possible are exams for companion dogs, dog tournaments or rescue dog training. Also bike rides, long walks or sledding shots in winter are suitable to satisfy the great momentum of movement of the Swedish Elkhound.

Evaluations of the Jamthund

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Jamthund” you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Jamthund Pictures


1 – Swedish Elkhound by Canarian / CC BY-SA
2 – A female Swedish Elkhound. Colour: wolf-grey with cream markings by Canarian / CC BY-SA
3 – PHOTO: EAST NEWS/COGIS JAMTHUND by https://flic.kr/p/qdryfN
4 – Jamthund by https://pxhere.com/es/photo/644232
5 – Swedish Elkhound (Swedish Elkhound) in the woods. 2 years old male by User:Arto Pääkkönen / CC BY-SA
6 – Jamthund by https://pixabay.com/es/photos/perro-retrato-animales-cachorro-5290821/

Jamthund Videos

4 Jämthund- a nordic hunter
Swedish Elkhounds – Jamthund Male Rico and Jamthund Female Aina

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 5: Spitz and primitive types.
  • Section 2: Nordic Hunting Dogs. Working trial only for the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway and Finland).
  • Federations:
    • FCI – Group 5 – Section 2 Nordic Hunting Dogs.
    • UKC – Northern Breeds

    FCI Jamthund breed standard

    Jamthund FCI Jamthund FCI

    Alternative names:

      1. Swedish Elkhound (English).
      2. Jämthund (French).
      3. Jämthund (German).
      4. Jämthund, Elkhound sueco (Portuguese).
      5. Elkhound sueco, Jämthund (Spanish).
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