Norrbottenspets FCI Standard
During the XIX century the Finnish breeders have launched a project, which was aimed to invent the Finnish national breed. The one-coloured Spitz-type dogs were selected for this mission and the white spotted variations were declared as unsuitable candidates for the breeding program. So these small hunting dogs were chosen by the Swedish Kennel Club and in 1910 the first standard was written and officially recognised by this national club. Sadly enough, but the breed went virtually extinct as the result of the Second World War.
Luckily, some specimens outlasted the war times primarily because they were kept as farm and companion dogs in some distinct corners of a non-Swedish speaking territory. A few concerned breeders combed the country in an attempt to find few living dogs for еру new breeding program. Several members were located in Pajala from where this program was initiated. In 50s and 60s of the XX century the number of the Norrbottenspets grew slowly but steadily so the breeding efforts proved to be a complete success.
In 1966 the breed was granted its official name and a newly-developed breed standard was approved by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). Despite its rarity the Norrbottenspets is continually acquiring more and more following in the Western countries due to its pleasant temperament and astonishing beauty.
The Norrbottenspets is also very good with unfamiliar people since it’s not predisposed to be either overly shy or aggressive. In Finland this dog was granted the name «barking bird dog». It means that during a hunt it is supposed to pinpoint the direction of the game bird with its distinct, sharp bark. It usually preserves this habit of being exceedingly vocal while living as a pet. Fortunately the proper training can fix this problem partially though it’s impossible to eliminate it totally. The Norrbottenspets will become a very alert and observant watchdog but it’s not suitable for the role of a guardian because of its affable nature.
The Norrbottenspets isn’t notable for any type of canine aggression. In most cases it will happily co-exist with other dog but the more the merrier. On the whole the properly-socialised dog will behave nicely with other species of animals because it has never been its duty to directly attack the game during a hunt. Nevertheless in order to ensure that the dog and other pet get along they must be introduced to each other at an early age.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• patellar luxation;
• joint problems (arthritis).
The owner also shouldn’t forget about other regular care practices, namely nail trimming and teeth brushing. The breed is a seasonal shedder and will lose its hair intensely when the seasons changes.
Most specimens are usually very eager to please but only if it acknowledges the authority of the trainer. The Norrbottenspets is prone to become a little bit stubborn from time to time so it’s obligatory to apply a mild yet stern and consistent approach to its training. It’s somewhat sensitive to critiques and reacts to it with a resentful behaviour.
This breed will constitute a superb companion in jogging, hiking, camping and other outdoors occupations. That’s why it’s safe to say that this breed is more suitable for sport-oriented people. The Norrbottenspets tends to become overly destructive, disobedient, vocal and extremely excited if it doesn’t get enough opportunities to spend its impetuous energy.