History & Overview
The Norrbottenspitz (Norrbottenspets) takes his name after the Norrbotten county in northern Sweden, which is at the most northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia, close to the Finnish border. Small hunting spitz from that area has survived for thousands of years through natural selection. Alert, fearless, bold, and self-confident, these dogs have been used for hunting large forest grouse, marten, sable, ermine, as well as baying elk. The breed is quite rare outside Sweden.
Besides being an excellent and eager hunter, the Norrbottenspitz makes a good guard dog. He can be quite stubborn and needs consistent training. Because of his lively and affectionate temperament, the Norrbottenspitz has gained popularity as a companion dog.
The close topcoat consists of short, straight guard hair which is shortest on the nose bridge, top of skull, ears and front of legs and is longer on the neck, backside of the thighs and underside of the tail. The undercoat is fine and dense. According to the breed standard, the coat must be pure white, always with well defined and well distributed hard-edged patches of red and yellow, although patches in black, any shade of fawn or agouti are accepted. The tail is curved, carried to the side with the tip touching its thighs. The ideal height is 15.5 to 16.5 inches at the shoulders.
- FCI-Standard #276