Finnish Hound

Suomenajokoira Finskstövare

The Finnish Hound is relatively unknown except in Finnish territory, where he is greatly appreciated and widespread throughout the country.

Height 54 to 59 cm
Weight 20 to 25 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years
Home country Finland

Quick Overview of the Finnish Hound

Temperament

  • Independent and passionate hunter
  • Kind and loving with family
  • Loves to be stroked
  • Always cheerful and very playful

Appearance

  • Silhouette as long as tall
  • Vigorous appearance, never heavy
  • Resistant constitution
  • Hair medium length, straight, short and tight

Health

  • Robust constitution
  • Generally in excellent health
  • Needs a lot of exercise

Temperament of the Finnish Hound

An independent and passionate hunter, the Finnish Hound is gentle and affectionate with his family. He loves to be petted,  always cheerful and very playful.

He is sociable with everyone and loves children and all their games. Totally devoid of aggressiveness, he is bad guardian.

He is a magnificent dog with extraordinary qualities, hunting as well as companion dog.

Obedient and sociable, his education is all the easier because he is very receptive.

Breed Appearance

Finnish hound

The Finnish Hound is a magnificent medium-sized specimen with a silhouette as long as tall. His vigorous gait is never heavy and leaves a pleasant impression when he walks by. His sturdiness can be seen at first glance.

Height

Between 57 and 59 cm (22.44 to 23.23 inches) for the male
Between 54 and 56 cm (21.26 to 22.05 inches) for the female

Weight

Between 20 and 25 kg (44.09 to 55.12 pounds) for the male
Between 20 and 25 kg (44.09 to 55.12 pounds) for the female

Color

His pretty tricolor coat is black with tan spots on the head, shoulders, lower parts of the body, thighs and sometimes on the limbs. The lower limbs, chest, neck, head and tip of tail are usually white.

Hair

His hair is medium length, short, straight and rather tight, both on the tail and the rest of the body.

Morphology

His head has a rounded skull and a slight stop. His eyes are oval shaped, medium size, and are of a pretty dark brown color. His ears, flat and drooping, are well pressed against his head. His nose is black. His tail is hanging at rest and slightly curved in action.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #51

Tips About this breed

Wide open spaces, whether his master is a hunter or not, will make him very happy. The Finnish Hound is an extraordinary fox and hare hunter that works mainly in the summer.

The rest of the year, he excels in his job as a companion dog and makes the entire family happy.

The Finnish Hound is not the ideal dog for the city dweller. His bark is very powerful and he uses it very often.

He also needs to run frequently and intensely to stay fit for hunting or simply for his personal well-being.

Health of the Finnish Hound

With a robust constitution, he is generally endowed with excellent health. He needs plenty of exercise to stay healthy and enjoy his considerable life expectancy.

GROOMING

Regular brushing is necessary for the health and beauty of his pretty coat and his ears should be monitored. It is preferable to brush him and check his ears each time he returns from a hunting episode.

History of this breed

His origins are totally unknown and his development is said to have begun in Finland in 1889 after the Finnish Kennel Club was founded.

In the 19th century in Finland, alongside the native dogs, many other dogs resembled hounds from Europe.

Around 1932, the first standard was created and later the spread of the breed was greatly aided by breed clubs in different parts of the country.

At the beginning of the 20th century, a number of crossbreeds finalized the creative strain of the Finnish Hound, resulting in the breed as we know it today.

This splendid hound, efficient for hunting fox and hare, whose path he follows relentlessly, has also become a much appreciated life companion in his country.

He loves hunting episodes, but aside from them, he excels as a companion dog. In spite of all his beautiful qualities, he remains very scarce outside of Finnish borders.

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