Alternative Breed Name: Swedish Elkhound
Country of origin
Litter size From 4 to 6 puppies
Experience required Experience required
Jämthund Personality Temperament
Level of aggression
Tolerance to separation
Level of noise
Facts about Jämthund
This breed’s immediate ancestors are wolves and spitz-liked dogs.
The dogs first appeared in Sweden, in the province of Jamtland on the border with Norway. Because of this proximity, the breed was referred to as a Norwegian Elkhound until the mid-20th century. The breed is little known outside of its homeland and Scandinavia. Used for hunting elk and wild boar, less for small animals and game. These dogs easily transport cargos, guard homes, and serve in law enforcement thanks to their keen sense of smell.