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. It is believed that this breed noted for its magnificent stature has been raised by the Jamtland people during the later period of the last Ice Age. Thus, the dog also gained the name Jamthund.

The Swedish Elkhound is a spitz type dog breed that has the looks of a wolf. The rectangular shaped body is covered with smooth and close lying light to dark coat. Grey and cream markings on various parts of the body makes the thick double coat more beautiful. A tightly curled scimitar shaped tail is another feature that gives this breed an impressive appearance

As the name suggests, the breed was primarily used to hunt elk. The Swedish Elkhound is acknowledged as an energetic hunter that possesses remarkable strength and courage. 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. The Swedish Elkhiound was acclaimed for being an outstanding hunter not only of elks but of other game like moose, lynx and bear. This breed is also known as Jamthund which means bear hunter in the local dialect.

A Swedish Elkhound is an all around 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 is acclaimed for being an outstanding utility dog, sled dog, guard dog and herding dog . 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 Elkhound was designated as the official service canine of the Swedish Air Force.

In spite of the bold and aggressive nature shown when hunting, the dog has a stoic behavior. 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. A Swedish Elkhound is a breed that makes an ideal family pet as it has lots of love to give the family and noted to be gentle and kind with the children.

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