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  • a.k.a. Swedish elkhound. "The Swedish elkhound is probably the first dog to appear by man's side in the Stone Age." The first dog to appear by woman's side in the Stone Age was something else, I guess, as was the first dog to appear by man's side in the Bronze Age. I hate when dogs just appear by my side. It makes me frightfully nervous.

    "At one time it was used for hunting elk and bear, but it later proved to be excellent in rousing smaller game such as marten, ermine, and grouse. Its method is to slither over the snow until it manages to reach the game, cut off its path, and maneuver it into the gunsights of the hunter. The Swedish elkhound has also been used as a shepherd, a guardian of the home, a sled dog, and in the army. Note: in warm countries, this dog may be subject to eczema." (Simon & Schuster's Guide to Dogs, 1980)

    February 23, 2007