Original Name : Norrbottenspets
Type : Lupoid
Male size : Ideally, 17¾ inches
Female size : Ideally, 16½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Sweden
As a hunting dog, the Norbottenspets must be attentive and brave, giving the impression of an alert, active animal that is amiable and self-assured. A Norbottenspets should never be nervous, shy or aggressive.
Lean, strong, well shaped, wedge-shaped viewed from above and the side.
Depth (the distance between the highest point of the withers and the lowest point of the chest) is around half the height at the withers.
Ideally, white with yellow or red-brown markings, though any color is acceptable.
Set high, a little more than medium-sized, stiff, firmly pricked.
Set relatively high, carried fairly high in a curve, loosely rolled, tip touching the side of the upper thigh.
Hard, short, straight and rather close, with fine, dense undercoat.
Whether in Finland or Sweden, the two countries where it is principally bred, the Norbottenspets has always been a working dog. At the end of World War II the population was down to the bare bones, but the dedication of fanciers helped save the breed. These compact, square-shaped Spitz-type dogs are lean and strong. They carry their head high. There is a very distinct difference between the sexes. Ideally, these dogs are bold, attentive, full of beans and good natured, making them very good guard dogs.