An average size foxhound type type of dog.
The History Of The Finnish Hound
Also known as the Suomenajokoira and Finnish Stovare they originated in Finland
during the 19th century.
Created by crossing English Foxhounds with French and German hounds and some of the older Swedish Stovare type hounds. The type was fixed by 1870 but appearance has never been as important as the ability to hunt. The hounds main quarry is the hare and the fox, which are flushed from cover and pursued.
Description Of The Finnish Hound
The long, hanging ears stand out slightly from the head and are unaltered. The long tail is also unaltered.
The coat is short, rough, thick and sports the traditional hound markings of black, red, and white.
The breed averages 20 - 24 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 45 - 55 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
Easy to keep in peak condition by brushing with a firm bristle brush and the occasional dry shampooing. Bathe with a mild soap only when necessary and keep nails trimmed. These dogs shed more than average for a short coated hound.
Friendly and never aggressive. Energetic and enthusiastic when hunting despite often difficult terrain. A versatile tracker with constant baying when on scent.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span is around 12 years.
Reported health problems: an exceptionally healthy breed with rare cases of hip dysplasia.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
Not suitable for apartment life. Moderately active indoors and needs, at the least, an average-sized yard.
As an energetic working dog with endless stamina they need plenty of opportunity to run, ideally off the lead, in a safe area.
It is the most popular dog in Finland but rarely seen outside of that country. Puppies will be difficult to find in the United States.
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