Swedish Elkhound Pictures and Information

As the name suggests, the Swedish Elkhound is a dog breed that originates in Sweden. The head of these dogs should be long, and they should also be a bit wide.


Swedish Elkhound Description

The skull should feature a small dome. The stop should be well defined, and the bridge of the nose should be straight. The lips of this breed must close firmly. The ears should sit high on the head, and they should be small and erect. The eyes of these dogs should have an oval shape, and they must have a dark brown color. The body should be compact, and the chest should be wide. The acceptable coat colors for this breed are various shades of gray.

The Swedish Elkhound is a very old breed that has existed since antiquity. It was used to hunt bears and other large game, and it would guard cattle as well. It was not officially recognized until the 1950s, and it is still not common outside of Sweden.

Swedish Elkhound

Also Known As

  • Jamthund
  • Schwedischer Elchhund

Country of Origin



The Swedish Elkhound is a dog that is strong and brave. While they may be bold at times, the breed usually displays a calm disposition. These dogs are loving to those that care for them, and they are excellent with children. When you combine this with the fact that the Swedish Elkhound is an accomplished guard dog, you have an ideal breed which is perfect for virtually any family. However, they may be somewhat dominant towards other canines. The Swedish Elkhound has successfully been used for a number of different tasks. Some of these are herding, military, hunting, and pets. They can hunt both large and small game.

Swedish Elkhound

Health Problems

This is a healthy breed that does not suffer from a sizeable number of health problems. Any health problems that are developed by the Swedish Elkhound may be common with all dogs. This breed may have a maximum life expectancy of 13 years.


This is not a good breed for people who live in urban areas. These are active dogs that need large amounts of space to move around in. The Swedish Elkhound will do best in either a suburban or preferably rural area.

Special Grooming Needs

This breed has an extensive coat that may need large amounts of grooming. Owners will want to brush or comb the coat on a daily basis, and any mats or tangles that become present in the coat should be removed. These dogs should only be given a bath when it is needed.