Hailing from Sweden, the Norrbottenspets is a member of the Spitz family of dogs. Originally used to hunt small game and as an all-purpose farm dog, today this dog is mostly bred to be an affectionate companion. The Norrbottenspets excels at a type of hunting called tree barking and is therefore a very vocal animal!
Similar in appearance to the Finnish Spitz and the Norwegian Lundehund, the Norrbottenspets is sometimes referred to as the Nordic Spitz.
The Norrbottenspets stands up to 18 inches tall at the shoulder. They have a thick, straight, hard double coat that provides good all-weather protection. Unlike most other Nordic breeds, the Norrbottenspets' coat is short. Ideally, the coat is white with yellow or red/brown markings, but all colours are permitted. Even with regular combing, they will shed! Like other members of the Spitz family, the Norrbottenspets has naturally erect ears, a pointed muzzle, and carries their tail curled up over their back.
Although small, the Norrbottenspets is a strong, compact, and alert dog. A member of the Hounds Group of dogs, the Norrbottenspets is happiest when their high-spirited nature can be channeled into having a job to do. They do best when involved in hunting, high obedience, search and rescue, or tracking. They are swift, agile, persistent, and have a high level of endurance. The Norrbottenspets is very social and needs to be a member of the family. They are very good with children.
Considered a rare breed, the Norrbottenspets is virtually unknown in North America. However, their lovable and self-confident nature makes them a wonderful companion. Their excellent hunting instincts make them an ideal partner for the sports hunter. The Norrbottenspets is a fast learner and respects firm leadership. As an active dog, the Norrbottenspets requires regular outdoor exercise.