Elkhounds Norwegian / Swedish - Elghund / Jamthund
It's fairly common when discussing Elkhounds, especially in Canada or North America that most people immediately think "Norwegian Elkhound", they don't normally recognize the other type, the "Swedish Elkhound". The Elkhound has been in the Northern regions of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and throughout the Scandinavian regions for centuries.
What has occurred through a natural selection process over the centuries is the dogs were selected for traits that would allow them to be better suited to the terrain and situations they were encountering. Keep in mind these dogs were used as guardians, companions, but most importantly as a hunting dog from very early times. Hunting is what truly determined the traits that lead to the distinct types.
In the Northern regions of Sweden and Norway, the terrain is heavily treed, there would be more snow, more bogs as well and the dogs tended to be selected for extra height and extra length. An inch or two both ways means a considerable amount when dealing with deep snow and having to continually clear deadfall trees and underbrush. This was the early beginnings of the Swedish Elkhound selection.
Rico - Male Jamthund shown to left and directly below - Kamia Kennels has a litter planned with Rico and Kalia summer 2016
Rico Male Jamthund & Merv
Swedish Elkhounds or Jamthund
The Swedish Elkhounds - known as the Norrland or Jamthund are the taller and longer Elkhounds, they are predominately from the Northern regions of Sweden and Northern Norway and Finland, and have developed into a beautiful dog, displaying all the qualities required to survive and excel in this environment.
The Coastal and Southern regions of the harsh Norway coast gave way to the requirements of agility, requiring a very stable stout dog, a dog that was comfortable on a rock ledge or heavy brush. They needed tremendous lung capacity to run and stay on the course until they were able to bay the Moose and keep them at bay until the hunter finished the job. Keeping a bull Moose at bay in timber and rough terrain requires a very powerful close coupled dog. The Norwegian Elkhounds are the shorter, broader, close coupled type, also known as the Elghund or Grahund.
The young Jamthund puppies shown to the left, in amongst them is our brand new female addition to our Jamthund lineage. Our young female was born overseas March 13th, 2016 and I will travel over to pick her up in the coming months. She is from ancient pure hunting Jamthunds, recognized the world over as some of the most serious hunting Jamthunds available. We are so very excited to have this opportunity to extend the great breed of Jamthunds in Canada and North America over the next years. With the Rico and Kalia litter coming, and the potential for the breed to establish here with those awesome dogs, by the time our young Swedish Elkhound is ready in a few years there will be a great foundation for this magnificent breed. We are so honored to carry this forward.
Well I had a spectacular time over in Finland at the end of May 2016. I was able to attend the International Dog Show at Joensuu while I was there to pick up our new Jamthund, Aina. ( Lots more to come on Aina, she is a beauty), but for now just a little bit about the great show, and of course truly awesome Jamthunds I saw.
There were some truly great Jamthunds at the show, I was so happy to be able to attend and witness such a collection of great dogs. Neat thing was right beside the Jamthunds, or Swedish Elkhound ring, was the Norwegian Elkhounds. So I was able to get a chance to see both types side by side in all the splendour that only a great Finnish show can accomplish.
I will have more to put up on this shortly, I am just getting young Aina settled in here in Canada. Rico is coming up tomorrow, he is going to be put with Kalia, so we will have a new Swedish Elkhound litter this summer, and Shorty a great Norwegian Elkhound male is here with Kai right now as well, so Norwegian Elkhounds coming again this summer, and Kamp has five Norwegian Elkhound pups in the kennel right now. Busy time at Kamia Kennels!
The photo to the left is young Aina, she is now in Canada and is out with me and her new pals on a hike in the mountians. She loves her new home and is very happy hiking in the Alpine flowers in the mountains that surround our kennel.
She has her new buddies with her, Tora, and Takoda shown, and there are quite a few more around her for her first hike in the mountains. They all wanted to show here some new sites in Canada. The land here is a bit more mountainous than her native Karielian region of Northern Finland, but the trees and lakes, rivers, they are very similiar to her.
She is from great bear hunting dogs, and as we have a ton of bears on these trails, she will be showing some of the others her skills when they cross paths, no doubt. She is a stunning Jamthund pup, these are ancient dogs, the big old boy laying in the background is an old Swedish elkhound, he is so happy young Aina is here to spend time with him. She is the only Jamthund female in Canada.
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