Grey Elkhounds Genetically The Same
Genetically the two types are from the same background or gene pool. The Canine Studies Institute in Aurora, Ohio a few years back, presented some very interesting results of studies they had done on the genetic map of all dogs. They were able to determine that all dogs originate from the base of 10 progenitor breeds. They were able to establish that all Northern or Spitz type dogs are descendants of the Elkhound with much history dating back at least 4000 years.
When the early breeders were going to first establish a breed standard a group got together some time in the time frame of 1877 - 1888 and established a breed standard. They referenced a young grey Elkhound " Gamle Bamse Gram", named following the owner, Consul Jens Gram, a noted hunter with quality dogs. The Young dog established the standards for the newly formed Norwegian Kennel Club and registrations began somewhere in the year 1895.
It was well known at that time that there were distinct types, even the Black Elkhound was recognized from the early formation of the Klubs, with the Norse Dryehund Klub formation in 1899 and the first show in 1900 late that fall with separate entries for the Grey and the Black Elkhounds.
The Grey Elkhounds were not individually recognized by Kennel Clubs or Associations for many years, with the United Kennel Club only recognizing the Swedish Elkhound as a distinct breed in 2006. It had been determined and thought of as a separate breed in other Kennel Clubs and Associations dating from 1937 - 1946, although individual families with long histories of these dogs all think of the Grey Elkhounds as the same, with the distinct qualities as the separation. The Swedish Kennel Club and The Norwegian Kennel Club did not come to an agreement on distinct breeds for years. From early 1900's until the 1937-1946 period all were considered the same. Only in 1946 did the Swedish Kennel Club acknowledge that the taller longer Elkhound would be recognized as the Jamthund, named for the Jamtland region in Sweden.
It should be noted that in Sweden there are two types of Grey Elkhounds, formally known as the Grahund, identical to the Norwegian
Elkhound, a shorter muscular dog, and the Norrland, a taller , longer Grey from the Northern regions where it had the advantages of length and height to cope with the deeper snow. The Norrland or taller dog
( Swedish Elkhound) is what eventually became recognized as the Jamthund and has almost identical markings although it can have some white on the chest area between the front legs, and the lower muzzle can be lighter.
The shorter Grey is now universally recognized as the Norwegian Elkhound, this is what most in North America are familiar with as the taller longer type is rare in Canada and the USA. In Sweden, the taller version is definitely the most popular, with the Swedish Elkhound or as it's more commonly known as Jamthund being the National Dog of Sweden. The National Dog of Norway, is of course the Norwegian Elkhound.
Here in Canada the Elkhound is recognized as one by the Canadian Kennel Club, no matter the type and referred to as the Norwegian Elkhound. So, for the most part on this site and referencing our dogs, we will normally take the same position and refer to them as Norwegian Elkhounds, although we are well aware there are types.
Unless of course we refer distinctly to one of the Swedish
Swedish Elkhound Litter Planned
We currently have a litter planned for the young Swedish pair,
Rico and Kalia. They are both stunning young dogs and will produce
some outstanding Swedish Elkhound pups.
Rico is shown at the left with his handler, Beth.
Rico is a full
Jamthund, his ancestors entered into the registration program and he
is what is referred to as a "Jamthund". The big Jamthunds like Rico
are as you most likely know are the National Dog of Sweden. They
have been used for centuries in all Scandanavian regions, all the
way through the Siberian areas as well.
This is going to be an outstanding litter as Kalia is an old
Swedish lineage, her ancestors did not enter the Jamthund program,
she is based from the Norrland dogs, same as Takoda. She is a big
girl, will mature out around 60 plus pounds and combined with Rico
who is 77 will have some serious snow trekking hunting dog pups.
Beth and Russ have an awesome young male Jamthund and we are
excited about this upcoming litter.
Click the image to find details on the litter.
is shown holding the big Jamthund Rico and his new Norrland or
Swedish Elkhound female partner, Kalia. I am trying to get my pack
on we had been doing some snowshoeing, and a few photos of these
two. Russ and Beth had came up for a visit with Rico, they wanted to
have Rico get acquainted with Kalia, and we thought a great time for
As well, both Russ and Beth wished to get in a least a short
snowshoe event, so we went up near the old ghost town of Phoenix and
had a terrific time.
These two make a stunning pair, and because they are the only
breeding pair in North America, we are counting on them to help
establish these great dogs in North America. They have been brought
back over the last 60 years in the Scandanavian countries and now
flourish there, we will do our part to establish them here. Our
particular regions are so closely related to the natural habitat and
environment they are used to, they are the perfect dog for here.
Norwegian Elkhound Females - Kamp and her daughters Tuva and
We have some outstanding Norwegian Elkhound females at Kamia
Kennels. Kamp is shown here with two of her daugthers on either
side. These are Norwegian Elkhound females who will be having
litters, Kamp this summer, and Tekla and Tuva in the near future.
You would not find better Norwegian Elkhounds anywhere than these
girls. No doubt about that. Contact us about the upcoming litters.
You can view a lot more about our
Norwegian Elkhound Dogs here.
Norwegian Elkhounds we have are the old lineages. They are stout
working dogs. We have some of the best lines in North America based
on true instinctive traits, with nothing bred out. Our girls like
these three, Kamp and her daughters Tuva and Tekla are a perfect
representation of what the breed was designed for. These are
the big Norway girls, Kamp is always at 60 pounds, her daughters are
not far behind her. These two girls, Tuva and Tekla are not quite
two years old in this image, February 21, 2016.
These girls can hike remote regions all day. Keep in mind they
are all off-leash. I can travel a thousand miles with these girls
and rarely would I have to say a word to them. They are full ranging
Elkhounds, bred to watch out for the handler. These girls are
powerful, we are hiking in extreme conditions, it's deep snow
getting up here, we are around the 4900 foot elevation, and it's
work to hike up here. I have snowshoes on but they rarely follow my
trail, instead make thier own. They are the perfect dog for a family
wanting a companion dog for any adventure. They are just as easy
going around home as they are in the mountains. These are a very
versatile breed. In my opinion, the Norwegian Elkhound is the very
best family Dog!
recently put up a terrific article about the instinctive traits of
the Elkhounds especially out hiking in winter in the mountians. It's
an awesome article with some really stunning photos of 6 of my
Elkhounds. This article highlights the instinctive ability to range
around the handler in remote conditions and is probably the best
article currently available about the traits and skills of this
By all means, check out
Offleash Hiking Dogs!