The Magnificent Swedish Elkhound
Having existed in the 1000s, the Swedish Elkhound is indeed a very old breed. There are speculations that this breed was developed from the dogs of the Stone Age people. Swedish Elkhounds were developed in Jamtland, a province in northwestern Sweden. During the later part of the last Ice Age, the Jamtland people have developed the Swedish Elkhound, a breed of dog with an outstanding stature. Thus, the dog also gained the name Jamthund.
The Swedish Elkhound is a spitz type dog breed that has the looks of a wolf. A Swedish Elkhound’s longer than tall body is smoothly covered by a light to dark close lying hair. Cream and gray marking on the dog’s cheeks, muzzle, chest, belly and legs enhances the striking appearance of the thick double coat. A tightly curled tail in the shape of a scimitar add to the already striking appearance of the dog
Obviously, a Swedish Elkhound’s job is to hunt elks. Strong, courageous and energetic are apt descriptions for the Swedish Elkhound. This breed is meant to be a working dog. The goal of the breeding program is to developed a healthy, tall, big dog . The dog has to adapt well to the rigors of hunting in heavily forested areas and to be able to scale rocky ledges and traverse deep snow in pursuit of prey. Indeed, the Swedish Elkhound, the breed that was developed is a remarkable hunter of elk, moose, lynx, bear and other game. This breed is also known as Jamthund which means bear hunter in the local dialect.
The Swedish Elkhound is a versatile breed. The Swedish Elkhound is a dog that is first and foremost a hunter but the breed has adapted well to doing other duties. The Jamthund apart from being a utility dog has become a herding dog, a guard dog and a sled dog as well . This brave and intelligent dog has become an army dog as well and was honored by being chosen as the national dog of the Swedish Marine. The Swedish Air Force has chosen this breed to be their official service canine as well.
A Swedish Elkhound is a bold and aggressive hunter but the dog is noted to have a stoic demeanor. A Swedish Elkhound makes a wonderful companion dog as apart from an affectionate and friendly nature, this dog also has a stable and calm temperament. This breed makes wonderful family companions as aside from the love the dog gives to the family, it is especially kind and tolerant of the children.