The Breed History

Six thousand years ago is the estimated timeline given for the origins of this ancient breed, also termed the “Dog of the Vikings”. Archeological records show skeletal remains that match the breed in size and constitution dating from between 4000-5000 BC alongside stone weapon remnants. The first breed standard was drawn up in 1877. This is one of the Scandinavian elkhounds (Swedish Elkhound, Norwegian Buhund are others) included in the Spitz dog family. AKC recognition occurred in 1913.