The Norrbottenspitz is an old Swedish breed. It closely resembles the Norwegian Lundehund and the Finnish Spitz. Little is known about the history of this breed. Historians suggest that it dates back to the 17th century and that these dogs accompanied the Vikings. Initially, they were used for hunting small game (rabbits, birds) as well as guards in the farms. In the middle of the 20th century it was almost extinct, but Swedish canine specialists have managed to preserve and revive it. Today these dogs are family companions.
In 1967 the breed was officially recognized by the Scandinavian kennel clubs, and in 1982 its standard was accepted. The International Canine Federation officially registered breed in 1997.
The Norrbottenspitz can rarely be seen outside Sweden and puppies for sale can be found only in theNordic countries and some cities in the US.
The Norrbottenspitz is a small dog with a square, compact and a stocky body. The head is wedge-shaped, the eyes are dark and shiny, expressing serenity and benevolence. It carries its tail tucked over in a semicircle over the body. The coat is solid, short, straight, the lower layer is thick and soft. The perfect base color is white with yellow or reddish brown spots as all shades must be clearly distinguished from one another. Females are 41 to 42 cm tall, and males 44 to 45 cm. The weight is between 10 and 15 kg.
Despite the relatively small size and the typical Nordic dog's short coat, the Norrbottenspitzis is an universal and fairly durable dog.
Character and behavior
During hunting, the Norrbottenspitz is focused and bold. It leaves the impression of an alert, active dog, attentive and confident. It never gets nervous or aggressive. This breed has a wonderful character, though by nature and very independent. This beautiful dog is a good companion and guard. It is able to analyze the situation and will do anything to protect its owners. The Norrbottenspitz is silent and never barks to attract the attention of their owners. These dogs get nervous only when there is a real or imminent danger.
Training and education
The Norrbottenspitz is calm, but at the same time is rather independent in nature, so its master should be imposed as the "leader of the pack". The hierarchy is of particular importance. The training should start from an early age. This breed is smart and good-natured, and the dogs quickly memorize commands. The best training for them is strict, but without harshness and accompanied by rewards in the form of treats and praise.
Grooming and care
The Norrbottenspitz rarely gets dirty, so it is not necessary to bathe it. You should monitor the cleanliness of ears and mouth. It is good to flush occasionally the dog's eyes with a decoction of chamomile. To maintain the beautiful look of the hair, it is enough to brush it three times a week.
You should not overfeed your dog, it is enough to feed it twice a day - morning and evening. After eating, you can leave it to rest before playing again.
The Norrbottenspitz is a healthy dog that does not suffer from specific inherited diseases or pathologies.
The average life span is about 13 years.
Children and other pets
These dogs can adapt to any family situations. They are kind animals and get along very well with kids. If raised with other dogs and even cats, they will with them in harmonious coexistence. The Norrbottenspitz is strongly attached to all family members.
In Sweden and Finland dogs of this breed are used as draft animals to transport small loads.