Helleforskhund (Swedish Elkhund, Moose Laika): characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance


  • Country of origin: Sweden
  • The size:
  • Growth:
    Males: 55–63 cm
    Bitches: 52–60 cm
  • The weight:
    25–30 kg
  • Age:
    12–14 years old
  • FCI breed group:
    Not recognized
  • Brief information

  • Strong, hardy;
  • Stubborn, gambling;
  • Human-centered.
  • Origin story

    A fairly young breed, Helleforshunds were selected only in the 30s of the last century. Dogs were bred to hunt moose. He worked on the creation of the breed of the huntsman Radberg from Hellefors, in central Sweden. In relatives at Helllefordhund Finnish Lapphund, Norwegian gray Elkhund, Russian likes and if you look even further deep into the centuries there are wolf genes. When the next generation of these golden-red dogs was raised and their outstanding working qualities became apparent, helleforskhunds were introduced to the Swedish cynological community. In Sweden, the breed was recognized in 2000, in Norway and Finland a little later, but the IFF has not yet made a decision, although the dogs are admitted to field trials and show excellent results.


    Dog of medium-large size, rectangular format, dry constitution, with strong, but not heavy and not damp bones. Outwardly, it is very similar to its ancestors in the line of huskies both in the muzzle and high-set ears, triangular, medium in size. And a ring tail. Color only yellow-red, various shades from fawn to brown. Brown eyes, black nose, black mask on the muzzle. Overflows of wool shade are allowed from brighter and darker to lighter. The coat is short, dense, with a thick undercoat, the guard hair is thick and coarse. There are small feathers on the paws, a plume on the tail, a collar on the neck.


    Calm, even phlegmatic, relating to the owner with great reverence, helleforshund is transformed on the hunt. This is a strong, muscular, surprisingly hardy dog, with excellent hunting qualities. He is not afraid of either cold or dampness, he can pursue potential prey for days, including in deep snow. Unlike representatives of many other breeds, it runs silently along the trail, furious barking begins only when the goal is reached.

    However, the rage and anger of the moose husky is completely controllable. The dog perfectly assesses the situation, its strength and listens to the commands of the owner. In Sweden there is a club of fans of this breed, a competent thorough selection of moose huskies is being carried out, and these dogs are extremely highly valued.


    Helleforskhunds are distinguished by enviable health. Eyes, ears, claws are treated only as needed. Wool should be combed out periodically with a stiff brush, during the molting period more often. A separate problem is possible injuries that sometimes arise due to the fact that the dog can get hurt during the race in the forests and crossed areas or suffer in a fight with prey.

    Conditions of detention

    It is believed that the breed is absolutely not adapted for apartment content. Such dogs should live in a suburban area, in specially equipped enclosures. And, of course, they should go hunting real or sports. However, practice shows that in the case of Hellfundhund, followed by Hellefordhunda, following their owners, adapt to urban life.

    There are no specialized nurseries in Russia. You can look for a puppy through hunting clubs, however, you need to understand that we have very few such dogs. But in Sweden, Finland, Norway, it is quite realistic to buy Hellefordhunda, prices range from 400 to 1000 euros.

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