Swedish elk dog

Other names: Jämthund, Greater Gray Elk Dog, Swedish Elkhound

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The Swedish Elk Dog is a Spitz-type hunting dog, large in size, with a strong and solid build. It is writable in a rectangle, but without the impression of exaggerated length or heaviness. Despite its strength, the Swedish Elk Dog does not lack agility. His gait is as energetic as it is clear.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Sweden
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 30 kg From 52 cm to 60 cm
Male From 25 kg to 30 kg From 57 cm to 65 cm
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History of the breed

Despite its age, the Swedish Elk Dog breed was not recognized until after World War II. Originally from northern Sweden , he must have distinguished himself from the Norwegian Elkhound, as some considered it to be one and the same breed. Besides elk, this dog was also traditionally used for bear and lynx hunting .

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Physical features

His hair: well laid against the body, but not flattened. Shorter on the head and anterior sides of the limbs. Longer on the neck, at the level of the chest, on the thighs, the posterior surfaces of the limbs and the tail. The outer coat is associated with a short, soft and light colored undercoat. The set gives the dog good protection against cold and bad weather.
Its color: light and dark gray. The cream or light gray markings are on the sides of the muzzle, cheeks, throat, chest, belly and under the tail.
His head: rather long, wide between the ears. The skull is slightly rounded, the stop net but not too marked, the nose broad, the muzzle gradually tapering towards the nose, the muzzle straight and wide, the lips well joined, the jaws articulated in scissors and the cheeks very clear.
His ears: well erect, ending in points and set high.
His eyes: oval, brown in color, displaying a look that is both alert and calm.
Its body: strong, in clean lines, of length slightly greater than the height at the withers. The top line is straight and sloping slightly between the withers and the croup. The kidney is wide and well developed, the croup wide and very slightly sloping, the chest well let down, the ribs well sprung and the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: of medium length, of equal thickness throughout its length, set on high, covered with a bushy but not fringed hair, rolled up on or against the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Swedish elk dog   is a dog with great courage and remarkable energy . At the same time, he is extremely calm and unfazed . Qualities which, together with his great endurance , made him a hunting dog for elk and other large animals in his region of origin. Attentive and suspicious of strangers, he is also a good guardian.

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The education of the Swedish Elk Dog should be carried out in a balanced mixture of firmness and softness . Focusing on positive reinforcement and quality socialization works much better than brutality, which should not be used under any circumstances.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Swedish Elk Dog is not made for apartment living . Although calm, it needs space and a minimum of freedom of movement. A house with a large fenced garden would be perfect for this kind of dog.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Swedish Elk Dog has a strong build and overall good health as long as it receives proper care and attention. It does not fear the cold or bad weather thanks to its thick double coat. There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Swedish elk dog dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Swedish Elk Dog is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Swedish elk is a dog subject to 2 moults each year during the transition seasons (autumn and spring), with hair loss that can be significant during these periods. Apart from these, maintenance remains minimal with simple regular brushing.

The dog needs to be brushed twice a week to keep his hair and skin clean. During moulting, brushing should be done on a daily basis.

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
€ 1,100

The purchase price of a Swedish Elk Dog is between 900 € and 1100 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 600
800 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Swedish Elk is between € 600 and € 800.

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The Swedish Elk Dog needs a good quality diet , providing it with all the nutrients and vitamins essential for good health. It must be adapted to their level of physical activity, their age and their size. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Swedish elk dog   requires a lot of daily activity. One or 2 long outings per day are recommended to allow him to move freely and express his energetic character.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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