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History The Finnish Hound is a breed that is somewhat similar to the Harrier. A breeding program in the 1800s resulted in the creation of the Finnish Hound. This breed was developed using German, French and Swedish hounds. Finnish Hounds have become the most popular native breed in Finland. These dogs are relatively unpopular, although they are well known in Finland and Sweden.
Finnish hounds are used for hunting hare and fox. The first standard for this breed was written in 1932. The breed registries recognising Finnish Hounds include the United Kennel Club and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale. In Finland, this breed is also known as the Suomenajokoira.
Appearance Finnish Hounds are medium-sized dogs with a strong build. Male and female dogs of this breed have distinct differences when it comes to appearance. The skull of these dogs is slightly domed on top, and their forehead is partly convex. The occiput and eyebrows of these dogs are clearly visible, while their stop is slight but well-defined. These dogs have a muzzle that has the same length as their skull. Their muzzle is slightly tapering and moderately deep. These dogs have lips that are well-developed, and their upper lip is curved. The teeth of these dogs come in a complete set that meet in a scissors bite. Their oval eyes are medium-sized and dark brown in colour. These dogs sport a calm expression. Their large nose is black, and their ears are set level with their eyes. They have well-angulated, strong hindquarters and well-arched, oval feet. Their toes are tight and have springy pads. These dogs have a low-set tail that tapers to the hock and is carried low. The outer coat of these dogs is straight, medium length, dense and harsh, while their undercoat is dense, soft and short.
Colours The coat colours of this breed include tan with a black saddle. These dogs also have small markings of white on their chest, feet, head and the tip of their tail.
Temperament Although these dogs are energetic hunters, they are calm and friendly. Finnish Hounds work independently. As trackers, these dogs are versatile and pursue their target with passionate barking. They can also get along well with children and other dogs. They should not, however, be trusted with non-canine animals.
Weight Finnish Hounds are around 20 to 24 inches tall and 45 to 55 pounds heavy.
Problems There are no known health problems that are specific to this breed. Ailments affecting these dogs are those common to other dog breeds as well. The short coat of these dogs, however, provide them with very little protection against cold and wet weather.
Living Conditions Although Finnish Hounds can be moderately active when indoors, they are still not recommended for apartment dwellers. These dogs should be provided with at least an average-sized yard where they can run around and do some physical activities.
Requirements Dogs of this breed are energetic and should be taken out for long walks daily. It's also advisable for owners to let their dogs run around in a large, secure area.
Training Requirements Finnish Hounds can be quite challenging to train because of their independence and moderate dominance. Owners must know how to display strong leadership skills when training these dogs. These dogs should also be properly socialized at a young age.
Life Expectancy These dogs are expected to live for approximately 12 years.
Grooming Finnish Hounds are easy to groom. Owners should trim the nails of these dogs regularly and brush their coat using a firm bristle brush. Dry shampooing these dogs should be done occasionally, and bathing should be done only when necessary.
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