Compare Breed Standards
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
United Kennel Club
|Group 5||Spitz and primitive types|
|Section 2||Nordic Hunting Dogs|
|Working trial only for the nordic countries (Sweden, No|
Mrs. Renée Sporre-Willes.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
The Jämthund was only recognised in 1946, although it is a very ancient type of dog that has been known since the North of Sweden was populated. The reason for the late recognition is that the smaller Norwegian Elkhound and the Jämthund were judged as the same breed. This situation eventually turned out to be impossible. The Jämthund is mainly used for hunting elk but it has also been used for bear and lynx, particularly in earlier times. Hence it has to be very strong and of great endurance.
The Swedish Elkhound is a breed with ancient origins, though it was only recognized as a separate breed in 1946, because it used to be shown together with the smaller Norwegian Elkhound. The breed was mainly used for hunting Elk, though it was sometimes used on bear and lynx as well. The Swedish Elkhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.
Large, rectangular spitz, clean-cut, strong, substantial but also agile and with a good stature. Body must not give the impression of being long, nor be too heavy.
The Swedish Elkhound is a large, rectangular spitz breed, clean cut, strong, substantial and agile. It must not give the impression of having a long body or of being overly heavy in body, as it is a breed known for great endurance.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
Courageous and energetic but also stoically calm.
Courageous and energetic, but also stoically calm.
Clean-cut and longish, proportionally broad between the ears.
The head is clean cut, and rather long.
Broad between the ears, slightly arched. The stop is well defined but not too deep.
Well defined but not too deep.
Muzzle, measured from stop to nose, slightly shorter than from stop to occiput. Evenly tapering towards tip of nose. Muzzle must not be snipy, neither when viewed from above or from the side. Nasal bridge straight, broad and strong, nose wide.
The muzzle is slightly shorter in length than the skull. It tapers in width from the stop to the nose. It must not be snipy. The nasal bridge is straight, strong and broad. The lips are tight fitting and the cheeks are clean.
The Swedish Elkhound has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Slightly oval in shape, brown with keen but calm expression.
Slightly oval in shape, brown in color, with a keen, yet calm, expression.
High set, perfectly erect, pointed and sensitive in use, slightly longer than width at base. Inside of ears well covered with hair.
High set, perfectly erect, pointed and mobile. Slightly longer than the width at the base. The inside of the ears are well covered with hair.
Long, clean-cut, powerful with good reach.
Long, clean cut and powerful.
Powerful and clean-cut, slightly longer than height at withers.
The body is powerful and slightly longer than tall. The chest is deep and the ribs are well sprung. The topline is straight, and slopes slightly from withers to croup. The loin is broad and well developed, and the croup is broad and only slightly sloping. There is a slight tuck up.
Straight and slightly sloping from withers to croup.
Broad and well developed.
Broad and only slightly sloping.
With good depth and well sprung ribs.
Underline and belly:
Belly slightly tucked up.
Set high, of medium length and even thickness. Carried curled, but not tightly twisted over or close on the back. Dense coat, but without fringe.
The tail is set high. It is of medium length and even thickness. It is carried curled, but not tightly twisted over or close on the back. The coat on the tail is dense but without fringe.
The shoulder blades are long and well laid back.
Shoulder blade long, well laid back.
Close to chest.
Straight and clean cut, with strong bone. The elbows are close to the chest.
Straight, clean-cut and with strong bone.
The feet are somewhat oval in shape, with tightly knit toes.
Strong, somewhat oval, pointing straight forward with tightly knit toes.
See front feet.
Parallel when viewed from behind.
The hind legs are parallel when viewed from behind. There is good angulation at the stifle and hock joints.
GAIT / MOVEMENT:
Powerful, free, with good reach. On the trot « single tracking ».
Powerful and free, with good reach. At a brisk trot, the breed single tracks.
Topcoat rather close lying but not flat. Undercoat short, soft, light, preferably cream coloured. Coat smooth on head and front of legs, longer on neck, chest, tail and backside of legs and thighs.
The outer coat is rather close lying, but not flat. The undercoat is short, soft and light in color, preferably cream. The coat is smooth on the head and the front of the legs, longer on the neck, chest, tail and back of legs and thighs.
Lighter and darker grey. Characteristic markings light grey or cream coloured on sides of muzzle, cheeks, throat, chest, belly, legs and under the tail.
Light or dark grey, with characteristic light grey or cream markings on the sides of the muzzle, cheeks, throat, chest, belly, legs and under the tail.
Height at withers:
Size for dogs 57-65 cm. Ideal 61 cm.
Size for bitches 52-60 cm. Ideal 56 cm.
Height at the withers for males ranges from 22.5 to 25.5, with 24 inches being ideal. For females, the range is 20.5 to 23.5, with 22 inches being ideal.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
- Yellow eyes.
- Twisted tail.
- Cream markings overlaid with black.
- Coat too short.
- Thin bone.
- Short tail.
- Straight tail.
Appearance: Fine bone.
Eyes: Yellow eyes.
Tail: Twisted tail. Short tail or straight tail.
Coat: Coat too short.
Color: Cream markings overlaid with black.
- Domed forehead and bulging cheeks.
- Snipy muzzle
- Missing teeth, other than P1.
- Square body shape.
- Thin built.
- Heavy, lymphatic built.
- Flat feet.
- Unbroken, well defined white stripe on throat down to point of sternum, so called « tie ».
- Insufficient rear angulation.
- Thin, whip-like tail.
Skull: Domed forehead, and bulging cheeks.
Muzzle: Snipy muzzle.
Teeth: Missing teeth other than P1.
Body: Square body.
Hindquarters: lack of rear angulation.
Feet: Flat feet.
Tail: thin, whip-like tail.
Color: Unbroken, well-defined white stripe on the throat down to the sternum.
- Aggressive or overly shy.
- Height at withers other than stated in the standard.
- Over-or undershot bite.
- Hanging ears.
- Lack of characteristic cream coloured markings.
(An Eliminating Fault is a Fault serious enough that it eliminates the dog from obtaining any awards in a conformation event.) Over or under the allowed height.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Overshot or undershot bite. Hanging ears. Lack of characteristic cream colored markings.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot bite.
Ears: Hanging ears.
Color: Lack of characteristic cream colored markings.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.