Finnish Hound

Other names: Finnish Hound, Finnish Hound, Suomenajokoira

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The Finnish Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog, with a tricolor coat, a body longer than it is tall, strongly built but without heaviness.



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Hair type Short
Origin Finland
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 24 kg to 25 kg From 52 cm to 58 cm
Male From 24 kg to 25 kg From 55 cm to 61 cm
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History of the breed

The Finnish Hound began to be developed after the establishment of the Finnish Kennel Club in 1889 . He descends from crosses between local dogs and various European hounds. A first standard was developed in 1932. That of the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in force was published on July 17, 1997. The breed of the Finnish Hound was definitively recognized by the FCI on August 8, 1954. Outside from its country of origin, Finland, the Finnish Hound remains relatively uncommon.

Physical features

His hair: of medium length, straight, well laid, tight, of rough texture. The outer coat is associated with a short, tight and softer undercoat.
Its color: tricolor, composed of a black coat, intense tan markings on the head, lower parts of the body, shoulders and thighs, as well as white markings on the head, neck, chest , on the lower part of the limbs and at the end of the tail.
His head: rather long. The skull is of regular width and has a rounded top. The stop is light, but clearly drawn. The truffle is well developed and black in color.
Its ears: flat, drooping, the anterior edge against the head and the posterior edge directed outwards. Attached at the level of the line connecting the nose and the eyes.
His eyes: dark brown in color, displaying a calm gaze.
His body: strong build but not heavy. The neck is medium in length, muscular and well defined, the back of medium length and straight, the croup well developed and long.
Its tail: moderately curved, set low, it is thick at its base and tapers towards its end. Raised in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Finnish Hound is a calm , friendly and never aggressive dog. This does not prevent him from being animated with a remarkable energy, especially when it comes to indulging in his favorite activity of hunting.

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The Finnish Hound   requires time and patience for his education, because obedience is not his strong point . Nevertheless, once the bonds between him and his master are well established, he likes to learn and to please the latter.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Finnish Hound is especially made to live in the middle or near nature : country house, near a wooded area, etc. He will prefer a rural way of life to an urban setting, but in either case, he must be sufficiently walked and stimulated on a daily basis.


Ease of gaining weight

The Finnish Hound is a rustic and fairly robust dog. There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Finnish Hound is, on average, between 11 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Finnish Hound requires minimal maintenance , essentially consisting of brushing and careful examinations of the coat , eyes, ears and pads to detect and remove any debris.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week to remove dead hair and maintain its cleanliness and appearance.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
800 €

The purchase price of a Finnish Hound is between € 600 and € 800.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Finnish Hound is between € 450 and € 650.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Finnish Hound being cut out for hunting , it needs long daily walks to meet its demand for activity, which remains reasonable.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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