Norrbotten Spitz

Other names: Norrbottenspitz, Norrbottenspets

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The Norrbotten Spitz is a small hunting dog, with a typical Spitz appearance, can be inscribed in a rectangle (the height at the withers being less than the length), with well-developed and well-defined musculature. The high bearing of the head, the determined attitude and the great agility of the Norrbotten Spitz are also part of its characteristics. Its gait is characterized by fluid, supple, free movements and covering a lot of ground.



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Hair type Short
Origin Sweden
Template Small
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 9 kg to 12 kg From 40 cm to 44 cm
Male From 11 kg to 14 kg From 43 cm to 47 cm
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History of the breed

The Norrbotten Spitz would probably descend from the Russo-European Laika once encountered in the North Cape, in present-day Norway. Due to natural selection over the centuries in this particularly harsh region of Scandinavia, only the most resistant individuals have survived. They have long been used by local hunters for their tenacity . Most of the animals hunted thanks to the Norrbotten Spitz, mainly mustelids, were hunted for the resale of their furs and skins: martens, stoats, sable … The fall in the prices of the latter after the Second World War led to a declining interest in the breed, which found itself on the verge of extinction. Nevertheless, breeders from northern Bothnia, Sweden, worked to save the breed , especially from the late 1960s.

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Photo of Gimli, Norrbotten SpitzPhoto of Maïko, Norrbotten Spitz

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Physical features

His hair: double. The undercoat is fine and dense, while the outer coat is harder in texture, short and straight. It is a little longer on the neck, the back of the thighs and the underside of the tail.
Its color: white with large, well-defined red to yellow markings.
His head: strong and well defined. Going thinning towards the muzzle when viewed from above and from the sides. The skull is relatively large, the forehead slightly arched, the top of the skull fairly flat. The stop is obvious, but slightly marked. The nose is black, the lips thin and tight, the cheeks well defined, the jaws well developed and articulated in scissors.
His ears: set high, well erect, medium in size and with slightly rounded ends.
His eyes: medium in size, almond-shaped, obliquely set, shiny, dark brown in color with an expression that is both calm and lively.
His body: well proportioned and muscular. The withers are well defined, the back short, strong and muscular, the loins short and wide, the croup moderately long and broad, the chest of moderate depth and length, the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: set rather high, also carried high and curved.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Norrbotten Spitz   is a dog which combines the natural aptitudes of hunter, being particularly alert and courageous . He is also self -assured and lively , while displaying a gentle and pleasant temperament . When hunting, its preferred game is the great heather cock, also called the capercaillie, but the Norrbotten Spitz can just as easily hunt large game, including elk.

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Like any hunting dog, the Norrbotten Spitz must learn to recall as soon as possible . In general, his education requires as much firmness as gentleness . Positive reinforcement methods, including rewards and encouragement, can be of great help in this area.

Living conditions

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

the   Norrbotten Spitz is able to adapt to all lifestyles as long as he is given enough activities. He can live in an apartment , but will prefer to have a large fenced outdoor area .


Ease of gaining weight

The Norrbotten Spitz   is a robust and resistant dog , accustomed to difficult climatic conditions thanks to his double coat. There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 5 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Cerebellar ataxia
Suggested tests

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Norrbotten Spitz dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Norrbotten Spitz is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

the   Norrbotten Spitz has 2 moulting periods per year , mainly in autumn and spring, during which it can lose a lot of hair. However, its maintenance does not present any particular constraints if it is regularly provided.

It is recommended to brush the dog at least once a week . During the moult, brushing becomes daily to remove a maximum of dead hairs and promote the renewal of the coat. It can be washed occasionally , if necessary.

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Norrbotten Spitz is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 350
500 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Norrbotten Spitz is between 350 € and 500 €.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Norrbotten Spitz   is an active dog and therefore needs long and frequent daily walks .


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1968


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