Finnish Hound, Hunting Dog

The Finnish Hound (Suomenajokoira, Finnish Bracke) is a dog breeds originally bred for hunting hare and fox. The Finnish Hound was a result of a breeding programme in the 1800's, which involved French, German and Swedish hounds. It has become Finland's most popular native working breed. Although it is very popular in Finland and Sweden, it is quite uncommon elsewhere.


The coat of the Finnish Hound is short, dense and coarse to the touch. The coat pattern is tricolor with tan, a black saddle and small white markings on head, feet, chest and tail tip. Height is commonly 20-24 inches (52-61cm) and weight 45-55 pounds (20-25kg).


The Finnish Hound is friendly, calm and never aggressive. It is energetic in the hunt and is a versatile tracker. It works independently and pursues the quarry with passionate barking.


Finnish Hounds are energetic working dogs with enormous stamina. They need to be taken on long, brisk daily walks, along with plenty of opportunity to run freely in a safe area. Life expectancy is about 12 years.


The smooth, short haired coat is easy to maintain. Brush with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe with mild soap only when necessary. Nails should be kept trimmed. These dogs are average shedders.

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