Norrbotten Spitz

The Norrbottenspets never really made it across the Swedish borders. Having been under great threat for some time, and despite being reconstituted by great enthusiasts, the breed has still not managed to leave its native country. It is therefore in Sweden that one must go to discover this marvellous Nordic specimen that is very versatile and can delight all types of owners.

Height 42 to 46 cm
Weight 8 to 15 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 15 years
Home country Sweden

Quick Overview of the Norrbottenspets


  • Active and attentive
  • Brave and enduring
  • Awake and confident
  • Friendly and non-aggressive


  • Compact and stocky physique
  • Dry and strong constitution
  • Harmonious silhouette
  • Beautiful muscles


  • Rustic and very robust
  • No particular pathology
  • Generally in excellent health
  • Rarely ill

Temperament of the Norrbottenspets

Active, attentive, courageous, hardy, alert, self-confident and friendly, he is neither aggressive, timid nor nervous.

The Norrbottenspets is endowed with an excellent character, even if he is rather independent.

Despite his good temperament, his training must be firm and adequate, and the master has to live up to his dog's character.

The Norrbottenspets is a good sleigh dog, whether in competition or for leisure. He also makes an excellent hunting hound, able to chase wounded or unwounded game by smell.

Spitz are excellent watchdogs and alarm dogs that signal the slightest intrusion, but they are also adorable companions, bringing joy, consistency and affection to the entire family.

As a hunting dog, he is very brave, even if he is never aggressive. Calm and composed, he is not nervous and capable of analysing all alarm or guard situations.

His territory is very well guarded, as is his family. Even if he is not naturally aggressive, he will stop at nothing to defend his family.

Breed Appearance

norbotten spitz

This small Nordic Spitz-type dog has a stocky, compact physique.

His physical constitution is dry and strong. He is very harmoniously built and has well developed muscles.

His general gait is regular and flexible, allowing you to perceive his true physical power.


Between 42 and 46 cm (16.54 to 18.11 inches) for the male
Between 42 and 46 cm (16.54 to 18.11 inches) for the female


Between 11 and 15 kg (24.25 to 33.07 pounds) for the male
Between 8 and 12 kg (17.64 to 26.46 pounds) for the female


All coat colors are allowed, but preference is given to white with yellow patches or white with red-brown patches.


His short, harsh, rather close coat has a fine, very dense undercoat.

It is shorter on the front parts of the limbs, as well as on the skull, but longer on the thighs and around the neck.


His head has a moderately broad flat skull and a well defined stop.

His dark brown, almond-shaped, medium-size eyes are very bright.

His stiff, erect ears are slightly larger than average. They are set high and have a slightly rounded tip.

His nose is always black. His tail, like all Spitz, is carried in a circular arc and is curled rather loosely, the tip barely touching the side of the thigh.

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

Tips About this breed

He's affectionate, but still quite independent. The master must be able to establish himself as leader of the pack in order to be respected by his dog.

Hierarchy is paramount in his case, and if no one is acting as a pack leader, then he will take over the family's leadership.

If the master does not really have experience in dog education, it is sometimes recommended to get professional help. His education must be uncompromising and very firm.

This magnificent specimen can live anywhere and easily adapt to all family situations.

Friendly with all, he is compatible with the very young and old. He loves the little ones and makes an excellent companion for the elderly.

He can live in the city in an apartment, but also in the country in the open spaces.

He will be able to cope with any situation, as long as he can get enough exercise.

He must be able to spend his energy very often no matter where he lives.

Health of the Norrbottenspets

This hardy dog is solid and very robust. The Norrbottenspets does not suffer from any particular pathology or genetic disease and is generally in excellent health.

He is rarely ill, and the breed is not affected by any congenital defects. His life expectancy is also very appreciable.

As a lively and very active small dog, it is best to provide him with adequate nutrition that meets the demands of his work.

In order to perform these tasks well, his diet must contain complete nutrients, and should be high in calories, but also adapted to his age and weight.

Some tasks require a lot of exercise and energy, such as sledding for example.


Regular brushing is necessary to keep his coat clean and healthy. However, no other maintenance is needed.

History of this breed

Physically very close to the Finnish Spitz but differing in color, the Norrbottenspets shares his origins with the latter.

The Norrbottenspets has existed in the Taiga for around 7,000 years and is a direct descendant of the bog dog from Sweden.

He was first used to hunt deer, and later reconverted to the hunting of game birds. He was then used for both furry and game birds, including deer, rabbit and hare.

In addition to hunting furry and game birds, the Norrbottenspets was also used to herd cattle, guard farms and pull light sleds.

This very versatile and popular dog nearly disappeared at the beginning of the 20th century. Fortunately, a few enthusiasts of the breed decided to reconstitute it in order to save him from this potential threat of extinction.

In 1960, the Norrbottenspets was officially recognized by the FCI. Despite the rebuilding of the breed, he is still quite rare outside the borders of his native country.

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