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Finnish Hound Breed Description

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Breed Organization

United Kennel Club (UKC)

Native Country

Other Names
Suomenajokoira, Finsk Stovare

Life Expectancy
Approximately 10-12 Years

Litter Size
No Litter Information Available

Breed Group

General Description

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.

Breed Standard

Head: Dignified, fairly cleanly cut. Slightly domed skull. Pronounced occipital peak. Stop not very pronounced. Long muzzle. Well-developed nose. Strong jaws.EYES: Dark.
Ears: Moderately long, pendulous.
Eyes: Dark
Body: Longer than it is tall. Neck well-knit, medium in length. Deep chest. Fairly arched ribs. Slight tuck-up. Moderately long, straight, muscular back. Well-developed, powerful croup.
Tail: Long and tapering toward the tip. Usually carried level with the back or slightly lower.
Hair: Moderately long, straight, and fairly stiff.
Coat: Black mantle. Tan markings on the head, abdomen, shoulders, thighs, and elsewhere on the legs. Usually white markings on the head, neck, chest, lower legs, and tip of the tail.
Size: Dog: 55 to 61 cm. (22.5-24 in).Bitch: 52 to 58 cm. (20.5-23 in).
Weight: Approx. 25 kk (55 lb).


This breed similar to the Harrier was created by Tammelin, a Finnish metalsmith, by crossing German, Swiss, English, and Scandinavian hounds. The Finnish Hound is believed to have existed since 1700 and is known for hunting fox, hare, elk, and lynx.


Fast, energetic, calm, and even-tempered, the Finnish Hound is independent and has a great deal of stamina. He is a pleasant companion in winter when he is not hunting. He needs a firm owner.

He needs space and lots of exercise and requires regular brushing.


Hunting Dog, Companion Dog.


Finnish Hounds suffer from an inherited disease, cerebellar ataxia, forcing people to euthanize many puppies.

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