Finnish Hound

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Other name(s): Suomenajokoira; Finsk Stovare; Finnish Bracke

The basics:
The Finnish Hound (Suomenajokoira) was developed in Finland in the 18th century to hunt fox, hare, elk, and lynx. As a result of its ability to work in deep snow, this fine scenthound has become Finland's most popular hound. It is also well-known in Sweden and has been recognized by The Federation Cynalogique Internationale (FCI), but it is quite rare elsewhere. If you live in a cold climate where you like to take long hikes in the snow, this dog might be the one that can keep up with you.

Appearance / health:
The Finnish Hound is medium-sized dog of the foxhound type. The length of the body is slightly more than the height. The head is medium-sized with a slightly tapering muzzle. The eyes are dark brown and oval with a calm expression. The ears are long, set high, and drooping.

The back is long, straight, and muscular. The tail is long and tapering from the base to the tip, and generally carried low or at level to the back.

The breed is an average shedder and is easy to maintain. A regular brushing with a firm bristle brush and an occasional dry shampooing or bathing helps to keep the coat clean and healthy. The nails require regular trimming. The ears require regular cleaning.

The Finnish Hound possesses enormous stamina and does well with regular exercise and running. Long walks are necessary on a daily basis. Space for free running is also ideal for this breed.

The Finnish Hound is generally a very healthy breed. However, the breed may be prone to ear infections and hip dysplasia (inherited disease characterized by hip joint displacement that can cause lameness).

Behavior / temperament:
The Finnish Hound is an independent hunter with a strong scent. Hunting comes naturally to this versatile breed, as it always eager to hunt. Finnish Hounds are suitable for experienced owners that have the time to train and exercise them.

The Finnish Hound learns quickly but requires firm, consistent training. Early socialization and basic obedience will work wonders with this breed.

The Finnish Hound likes to bark passionately, especially when hunting. At other times, it is usually calm.

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