Acquired: Bred dog myself
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted April 1, 2015
Finnish Hound has for long time been the most popular dog breed in Finland. During the last seven years, approximately 28 000 Finnish Hounds were registered.
It is mainly used in hunting, but it is also a perfect family dog with it's active, social and friendly character.
Me and my siblings grew up surrounded by Finnish Hounds, as our father bred and trained several dogs by himself. I got my own Finnish Hound puppy when I was 12. I trained it from the very beginning. The puppies will melt your heart with their big ears and innocent eyes.
Compared with some other breeds, Finnish Hounds are a bit more challenging to train, but with patience and time you will get results. Finnish Hounds are truly outdoor dogs, so they need a lot space and daily excercise. I wouldn't recommend having this breed as a pet in a small downtown apartment.
Finnish Hound is a healthy breed and they will eat almost anything. That is why they can a bit messy sometimes. Commonly Finnish Hounds are not aggressive, but they will alert you instantly with loud barking if they see a person they don't recognize approaching your home. That is why they are excellent guard dogs. They will also bark quite a lot, especially at other animals like cats.
If you would like to have a dog, which is suitable for hunting but at the same time outgoing, social and great even with children, I would recommend buing a Finnish Hound.