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Other name(s): Nordic Spitz; Norrbottenspitz; Pohjanpystykorva; Norrbottens-skollandehund; Finsk Spets; Brukshund/f

The basics:
The Nordic Spitz appeared in Norrbotten, Sweden and Lappland/Kainuuland, Finland as early as the 1600s. For centuries, it served as a versatile hunting and farm dog. However, in the mid-20th century, the increasing popularity of foreign breeds led to its near-extinction, causing the Swedish Kennel Club to strike its name from its rolls in 1948. That spurred dedicated fanciers to collect some of the remaining dogs for a breeding program. Today, it is again popular in both Sweden and Finland-- and, yes, it has been returned to the rolls of recognized breeds by kennel clubs in both countries.

Light and sprightly, the Nordic Spitz once focused on hunting game like grouse, although it could pursue prey as large as moose. It was trained to find the game and then hold it in place with fast-paced, threatening barks that kept its prey from hearing the approaching human hunter. Today, this energetic dog is mostly kept as a lively, attractive companion.

Appearance / health:
The Norrbottenspets is square and firm bodied in structure. It has a broad flat head and a pointed muzzle. Its ears are set high. The body is muscular, yet light, and the belly is moderately tucked up. The tail is set high and carried in a large circle that hangs loosely over the back.

This breed requires regular grooming. Weekly brushing and combing removes the dead hair and gives the coat a glossy shine. These dogs have self-cleaning coats and lack the typical doggy odor. They are bathed only when necessary.

This breed requires a moderate amount of exercise. They can accompany owners on their daily walks or when they go cycling.

The Norbottenspets is a hardy breed that is not prone to any specific illnesses. Cases like hip dysplasia (abnormal hip formation), luxating patella (kneecap dislocation), and seizures may occur in this breed.

Behavior / temperament:
The Norrbottenspets adores human company and is usually friendly with most people. This breed has a balanced personality and has high endurance levels. It may turn destructive if bored. They love to chase cats, mice and other smaller animals.

Norbottenspets responds to firm and persistent training. It is an average learner and does well with shorter training sessions.

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