Other names : Swedish Elkhound, Swedish Moosehound

Photo: adult dog of Jämthund breed
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Life expectancy

The Jämthund has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 20 and 24 in
Male Between 22 and 26 in

Adult weight

Female Between 55 and 66 lb
Male Between 55 and 66 lb
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Purchase price

The Jämthund costs between £1000 and £1500

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More details about the Jämthund

Jämthund: Origins and history

Although the Jamthund is a very ancient breed, it wasn’t recognised by a kennel club until 1946. This is because the Jamthund and the smaller Norwegian Elkhound were considered as the same breed. The two dogs have a striking similarity, so it’s understandable how many experts believed that the Jamthund was just a larger version of the Elkhound. It’s named after a central Swedish province called Jamtland and locals refer to this big, powerful breed as the “bear dog.” The Jamthund is one of the few working dog breeds that are brave enough to track and hunt bears. The Jamthund is a social and friendly dog, but many experts recommend against keeping them as just pets. The breed has a natural work ethic and will quickly grow bored of domestic life.

FCI classification of the Jämthund

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 2 : Nordic Hunting Dogs

Training a Jämthund

Can be a little stubborn. Puppies can struggle to focus during early years training. However, these dogs are willing learners with a desire to please. 

Jämthund: Purchase price

The initial cost of a Jamthund puppy is between £1,000 to £1,500. The average cost to keep one of these dogs (including vet bills, insurance, and food) is between £50 to £100 a month. 

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