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 Aina both Jamthunds
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 traveled over and got Aina, she is here now. 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.
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. Joensuu Dog Show
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 splendor that only a great Finnish show can accomplish.
I have been busy with Aina, she is a superior working Swedish Elkhound. I have been working her in the mountains with Takoda, our Premier sire. Aina is a very dominant young female, I have my hands full, as do our other dogs of course. We have all ancient lineage Elkhounds so she fits right in.
The photo to the left is young Aina, she is now in Canada and is out with me and Takoda in the fall of 2016 on a high mountain hike. As you can see she is filling in very well. This is a big female and she can cover some ground. Her and Takoda are two of the very best in the world in this terrain and I have been very pleased with her. 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 similar 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, I have a photo from December of her and Rico, they had a nice time together when Rico was up for a week with me. Aina is the only Jamthund female in Canada.
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