The Jämthund derives from a large hunting spitz found in the Forest region of the North barrier of Scandinavia and Russia. These spitzs’ probably came with the hunting tribes that migrated to Sweden thousands of years ago. Two types of wolf coloured spitz have been recognised in Scandinavia. The Norwegians decided in 1877 that the smaller was to be called Norwegian Elkhound. The large variety that was mainly known in the Swedish county of Jämtland did not match the standard for Elkhound on several points, especially not for size.
Links to Breed Descriptions
Sveriges hundraser -- Swedish breeds of dogs
Please be aware this breed is a hunting dog.
Other Names for Breed
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: Sweden
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
Finnish: ÄMTLANNINPYSTYKORVA - rotumääritelmän tulkintaa
Jämthund – Swedish Elkhound
by Ria Hörter
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
One of the major international standards:
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Statistics | Database
2. Finland: FKC Database Swedish Elkhound
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
1 .Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
2. Finland: JTO: Jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma 2020-2024 Jämtlanninpystykorva
JTO Breed-specific Breeding Strategy 2015-2019
Breed-Specific DNA Tests
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Finland: Suomen harmaahirvikoirajärjestö
Sweden: Svenska Jämthundklubben