Norrbottenspets

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Country of Origin:Sweden
AKC Group:Rare
UKC Group:Rare
Use today:Hunting, companion
Color:All markings are permitted, but the preferred color is white with yellow or red/brown.
Coat:Hard, short, straight and close fitting, with a dense undercoat. Coat is short on the face, skull, ears and fronts of legs, and longer on the neck, back of thighs and underside of tail.
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:16.5 to 18 inches
Weight:not specified

This diminutive spitz breed from Sweden is likely descended from small hunting dogs that lived in ancient times with the hunters of the Nordic region. Natural selection ensured that only the fittest dogs would reach maturity and procreate. Following World War II, the price of furs collapsed and interest in the Norrbie disappeared. In fact, the Swedish Kennel Club concluded that the breed was extinct. Eventually, this was proven false. The breed had survived, primarily as a farm dog and companion in the Norrbotten region. A group of eager hunters sought to find specimens that were typical of the breed and by 1967, the Swedish Kennel Club re-accepted the Norrbottenspets for registration, complete with a new breed standard. The Norrbie today is used chiefly as a barking bird dog. However, it is also effective on small, fur-bearing animals and can stop elk for the hunter.

Photo courtesy of Rayan Horswill Tees

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