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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Spitz/Nordic Hunting group.


Approximately 30 kg.


Approximately 53-63 cm.


Swedish Elkhounds come in different shades of grey, ranging from light grey to dark grey. Pale grey or cream markings on the muzzle and throat are common.


This breed has a coat that is long on the body and chest, and short and smooth on the head.



Swedish Elkhounds are very courageous and bold dogs with an excellent guarding ability. At the same time, these dogs are friendly and gentle animals that make excellent companions for children and families.

Country of Origin:



The Swedish Elkhound is an ancient breed that has been in existence since the end of the last ice age. Although the breed was not fully stabilized until 1953, Swedish Elkhounds have long been used to hunt elk, bear, and moose. Swedish Elkhounds are also sled dogs and guard dogs, and are often used to protect livestock. Today, the Swedish Elkhound is the national dog of Sweden and the Swedish Marines and is also the official service canine of the Swedish Air Force.


This breed is also known as the Jämthund and was named for the northwestern Swedish province of Jämtland.


Swedish Elkhounds have very stable and calm temperaments. Although they tend to be somewhat dominant with other dogs, they are excellent with children.



Swedish Elkhounds are relatively easy to train for a variety of services such as hunting, herding, guarding, pulling sleds, and police and military work.


These dogs are very active and require significant amounts of exercise every day.


Swedish Elkhounds are not suitable for city life. Rather, these dogs should be kept out in the country where they will have plenty of room to run. While Swedish Elkhounds are excellent working dogs, they are also wonderful companions and are very gentle with children. These dogs require daily brushing to maintain their coats.


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