The Norrbottenspets breed is a light, medium sized dog, having a compact, well-muscled body structure. The reasonably large ears, almond, shaped eyes and curled bushy tail resting on the back gives it a robust appearance.
|Alternative names||Norrbottenspitz, Nordic. Spitz, Pohjanpystykorva|
|Coat||Dense, straight, hard and lies close to the body|
|Color||White with reddish brown and yellowish red patches|
|Group||Hunting Dog, Herding Dog|
|Life Span||12-15 years|
|Height||42 to 46 cm|
|Weight||Male – 24 to 33lb, Female – 18 to 27 lb|
|Litter size||5- 7 puppies|
|Temperament||Fearless, alert, lively, attentive, confident|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Barking||High pitched loud barking|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/ Information||NAPR, AKC/FSS, DRA, ACA|
The Norrbottenspets is known to have originated in the Norrbotten and Lappland/Kainuuland regions of Sweden and Finland respectively, with both the countries arguing regarding the real home of this breed.
Having a highly ancient origin, these fox-like breeds were mentioned about in the 17th century. They had a reputation for being good hunting dogs, their main games including capercaillie, fox, marten, and raccoon. They were even used for squirrel hunting, particularly at the start of the 20th century when its fur was of immense value.
They were almost extinct by the end of WW1. In 1948, Sweden closed its studbook since very few Norrbottens were left. Few of the dogs were fortunately preserved, but they were located in the far north of the non-Swedish speaking area, kept as companion cum farm dogs. Between the 1950s and 60s, enthusiasts searched for the remaining dogs and commenced a successful breeding program for their revival.
The FCI confirmed a new breed standard in 1966 with the official name Norrbottenpets confirmed. The Swedish Kennel Club accepted the breed registration in 1967 followed by Finland in the year 1973. The breeding of the Norrbottenspets is highly controlled in Finland to ensure a sound health. Only distantly related healthy animals are allowed being bred after careful consideration of breeding consultants.
Norrbottenspets are extremely loyal, affectionate and loving, being greatly attached to their masters, following them almost like their shadow. Their gentle nature towards kids along with their vivacious and playful nature makes them an excellent family companion. Though they would never get aggressive when manhandled by the little ones, these dogs would show their discontent by never playing with them.
They do warn the owners about the approaching strangers but do not qualify for excellent watch dogs since they are very friendly with everyone.
As the dog has a herding background, they easily get along with other dogs and smaller pets.
They are intelligent and active, loving to explore outdoors, being quite content when assigned a task to do rather than sitting idle.
As a hunting dog, bravery is an inherent quality of this breed, as legends elaborate on their feat of saving their masters from the attack of the bear as well as bigger preying animals.
Since they have a high level of intelligence along with an eagerness to please, their owners would make training an easy task. However, since they get bored easily, owners should implement interesting methods along with positive reinforcement to make training a fulfilling experience.
Feed these dogs high-quality dry food and try incorporating sufficient amount of nutrients in their meal.