JÄMTHUND (Jämthund)


FCI-Standard N° 42  / 05. 05. 2003  / GB


TRANSLATION : Mrs. Renée Sporre-Willes.

ORIGIN : Sweden.


UTILIZATION : Hunting dog.


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CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :            Group     5          Spitz and primitive type.            Section 2          Nordic Hunting Dogs.                                             Working trial only for the nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland).                          
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 populatedThe 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.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : 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.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Courageous and energetic but also stoically calm.

HEAD : Clean-cut and longish, proportionally broad between the ears.

Skull : Slightly arched.
Stop : Well defined but not too deep.


Muzzle : 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.
Lips : Tight fitting.
Jaws/Teeth : Scissors bite.
Cheeks : Clean.
Eye : Slightly oval in shape, brown with keen but calm expression.
Ear : High set, perfectly erect, pointed and sensitive in use, slightly longer than width at base.  Inside of ears well covered with hair.

NECK : Long, clean-cut, powerful with good reach.

BODY : Powerful and clean-cut, slightly longer than height at withers.
Topline : Straight and slightly sloping from withers to croup.
Loin : Broad and well developed.
Croup : Broad and only slightly sloping.
Chest : With good depth and well sprung ribs.
Underline and Belly : Belly slightly tucked up.
TAIL : 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.


Shoulder : Shoulder blade long, well laid back.
Elbow: Close to chest.
Forearm : Straight, clean-cut and with strong bone.
Forefeet : Strong, somewhat oval, pointing straight forward with tightly knit toes.

General appearance : Parallel when viewed from GO BACK TO LIST.
Stifle : Well angulated.
Hock joint : Well angulated.
Hind feet : See front feet.

GAIT / MOVEMENT  : Powerful, free, with good reach.  On the trot « single tracking ».


HAIR : 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.

COLOUR : Lighter and darker grey.  Characteristic markings : light grey or cream coloured on sides of 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.
FAULTS : 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.

  • Yellow eyes.
  • Twisted tail.
  • Cream markings overlaid with black.
  • Coat too short.
  • Thin bone.
  • Short tail.
  • Straight tail.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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ORIGIN: Sweden

E' probably one of the antichi devout dogs appeared to flank of the Finnish.

Volpino of great ransom, good skeleton and optimal musculature, with long and sturdy neck.

its ransom goes from the 58 to the 63 centimeters of Height for a weight of 30 kilograms.

Head lengthened and dry with one has one wide and black straight nasal cane and a tartufo.
The eyes are small and dark with a serene expression.
The orecchie straight are appuntite and many furnitures.
Ia rolled up tail a lot on the back.
The limbs are very muscolosi, straight and releasing.
The cape: of this magnificent supplied long and hard dog of soft and lanoso abundant sottopelo, the color the gray lupo, dark gray or clear gray.


A time was used for the hunting to the bear and the elk, but subsequently it has demonstrated its dowries also in the hunting to the beaver, to the ermellino and the rooster cedrone. In order to approach itself preda the strip on the snow until going around it to cut them the road and to put it under shooting of the hunter. The Dog from Swedish Elk be also used like dog from shepherdesses, guardiano of the herds, trainatore of slitte and collaborator of the army.

Balanced clever and obedient

Resistant dog to the diseases, pu living to the open, indeed, carried in warm climates, this dog pu to go subject to disturbs eczemato

It goes fed in complete way but without to exaggerate in order not to make to fatten it increasing the doses in the colds inverni.
It goes very rarely brushed with a carder, increasing the frequency above all during the dumb one.