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Norrbottenspets

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
Norrbottenspets
Exercise
Grooming
Appearance
16-18” (42-46 cm) 26-33 lb (12-15 kg)Short, hard close-fitting outercoat. Dense undercoat. Ideally white with yellow or red/brown markings, but all colours are permitted.
Ch. Naku’s Bertan Ernie. “Ernie” was number one Norrbottenspets in 2012 and earned his championship points without any breed competition by taking group placements. Bred/Owned by Paul & Margaret Knight, Naku Reg’d
History

Norrbottenspets share ancestry with the Finnish Spitz, originating in the Scandinavian northlands of Sweden, Finland and Lapland. The dogs found in Finland developed into the Finnish Spitz, but those in Sweden were called Norrbottensskollandehund. An excellent hunter, the breed had the unique ability to listen for a bird’s flight,and locate that bird when it landed in the snow. Used as all-round hunting and farm dogs, their breeding was purely functional and little effort was made to maintain these dogs as a pure breed. As foreign specialist breeds grew in popularity, the Norrbottensskollandehund became less common. Out-crossing diluted the breed until it was declared extinct in 1948. However, interested breeders in Sweden and Finland made an effort to seek good specimens by combing remote northern villages. Eventually, a breeding population was cobbled together and the Norrbottenspets was reinstated around 1970. Their popularity is growing as Sweden and Finland work to support their native breed.

Personality

Never shy, nervous or aggressive, the Norrbottenspets is a friendly and fun-loving companion who is great with children. A hunter at heart, he is happiest when he has the opportunity to use his hunting skills, though he can be taught to enjoy alternate sports such as agility. The Norrbottenspets needs lots of exercise, particularly in a safely fenced area where he can run and hunt to his heart’s content.

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Norrbottenspets Breeders

Naku Reg’d
Ontario

Naku Reg’d, Paul & Margaret Knight. Danish and Finnish imports. Excellent family dog. Home-raised puppies occasionally available to loving homes. Written guarantee. RR1, York (near Hamilton), Ontario N0A 1R0. (905) 772-3415; venturesupplement@gmail.com; www.venturesupp.com

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