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Swedish Elkhound

As well as hunting moose, Swedish Elkhounds were used against bears and lynxes, so they are undoubtably strong and tough dogs.

About the Swedish Elkhound

Also known as the Jämthund, the Swedish Elkhound is a large, powerful dog. Despite this, they are calm and sociable dogs who make excellent companions for experienced owners.

These dogs are bred to be somewhat independent by nature, so they require owners who can assert themselves as the "alpha" of the house and teach this breed to manage their strength and protective nature.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
Sweden
Group
FCI Group 5
Size category
Large
Avg life expectancy
12–13 years

Lively / Alert / Friendly / Confident / Hard-working / Obedient

Key facts

  • Makes a great watchdog
  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Requires outdoor space

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