Height: 20-24 inches
Weight: 45-55 lbs.
Life Span: Up to 12 years
Country of Origin: Finland
Activity: This is an energetic working dog with enormous stamina. They need to be taken on daily, brisk, long walks, along with plenty of opportunity to run, preferably off the leash in a safe area.
Description: The Finnish Hound is a rangy yet strongly boned hound much like a large foxhound. Probably a gift from his German ancestors, singular ears are large with stiff cartilage, making them stand out somewhat from the head. Finnish Hounds are friendly and calm in temperament, yet energetic in the hunt.
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Other Names: Suomenajokoira
Colors: Tan with black saddle; small white markings on head, chest, feet and tail tip.
Coat: Short, but dense and coarse to the touch.
Temperament: Friendly, calm and never aggressive, yet a energetic in the hunt, the Finnish Hound is used as a hunting dog for hare and fox by following the scent. Eager to hunt also in difficult circumstances. he works independently, he is a versatile tracker and pursues the quarry with passionate barking.
Care and Training: This smooth, short-haired coat is easy to keep in peak condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe with mild soap only when necessary. The nails should be kept trimmed. These dogs are average shedders.
Living Environment: The Finnish Hound is not recommended for apartment life. It is moderately active indoors and does best with at least an average-sized yard.
History: The Finnish Hound was a result of a breeding program in the 1800's which involved French, German, and Swedish hounds. The Finnish Hound has become Finland's most popular native working breed. Although it is very popular in Finland and Sweden, it is uncommon elsewhere. Hunting season for a Finnish Hound is Sep - Feb. He is rarely exhibited.
Registries: FKC, FCI, APRI, ACR