For the first time this breed was shown officially in 1870 in Finland. But Kennels for Finnish hounds argue that this breed is much older. It is believed that it is a result from the crossing of several breeds. The first puppies were born in the home of Finnish blacksmith and canine Tamelin. He crossed Scandinavian and German beagles with Foxhound. According to other canine specialists, Swedish and French hounds contributed in the creation of the Finnish hounds. This genome endowed these dogs with excellent sense of smell and extreme passion for hunting.
They are relatively large dogs with a healthy but lean physique. Males are slightly larger - 55-61 cm. Females usually reach a height of 52 to 58 cm. The average weight of an adult dog is about 20-25 kg. Finnish Hound gives the impression of a slender and graceful, but a strong and healthy animal. It has a muscled back of medium length, long and lean head with a slightly convex skull. The muzzle is elongated with a wide nose and well developed nostrils. The "face" is particularly attractive with piercing dark eyes and incredibly smart look. The ears are hanging, placed approximately at eye level, relatively long. Typically, the tail is sword shaped, lowered or raised to the level of the back. The coat of these dogs is quite hard, medium length, close-fitting to the body. The standard allows only tricolor colors: red-haired with black back and white spots on the chest, muzzle, abdomen, tail tip and limbs.
Character and behavior
The Finnish Hound is a great hunter who possesses an enviable flair, incredible stamina and energy. Choosing this breed from a lot of different puppies for sale, is an excellent opportunity to increase the effectiveness of hunting. They earned particularly good reputation for chasing rabbits, foxes and lynxes. Besides that feature, these dogs have a very calm temperament. This makes them great companions, regardless of the revealing moments of extreme independence and autonomy in character.
Training and education
Given the independent and stubborn nature of the Finnish Hound, training and upbringing must begin from an early age. It is important to learn your puppy to listen only to your commands. Implementation of firmness and perseverance will help you a lot. Do not use harsh methods. This can lead to fear and malice, and a complete loss of control over your pet.
Overall, the Finnish Hound has a good health. The weak spot of the breed is his ears. The covering of the ear shell is spread over the whole channel and contribute to the spread of bacteria and inflammatory diseases. This issue could be prevented with regular reviews, delicate and frequent cleaning of the ears of your puppy.
Grooming and care
This dog needs a lot of space for active movement and prolonged physical exertion.
The short haired, smooth coat is very easy to maintain. Brush it twice a week with a bristle brush. Dry shampoo could be used if needed. The coat does not require bathing unless very dirty. Finnish Hounds are moderate shedders.
Children and other pets
These dogs are affectionate and friendly to all. They are excellent playmates for children and if properly educated, could be nice to all other animals, even with cats.
They are alert and will definitely warn you if something unusual is going on. However, the Finish Hound will rarely show any aggression, event towards strangers. So, if you are looking for a guard dog, this is not the best choice.
This breed has become the most popular native working breed in Finland. It is also highly appreciated in Sweden and Norway, but is almost unknown elsewhere. The hunting season with Finnish Hounds starts every September and ends in February. The breed is rarely shown at exhibitions.