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Finnish Spitz vs Norrbottenspets vs Swedish Lapphund – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Finnish Spitz vs Norrbottenspets vs Swedish Lapphund" Compare Finnish Spitz and Norrbottenspets. Which is better: Finnish Spitz or Norrbottenspets or Swedish Lapphund?
Name Finnish Spitz Norrbottenspets Swedish Lapphund
OriginsFinland Sweden Sweden
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank177224328
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Other Names Barking Bird Dog, Finnish Hunting Dog, Finnish Spets, Finsk Spets, Loulou Finois, Suomalainen Pystykorva, Suomenpystykorva Nordic Spitz, Norrbottenspitz, Pohjanpystykorva Svensk lapphund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
No set American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Price $500-$700 $600-$800 $400-$600

General Appearance - Finnish Spitz vs Norrbottenspets vs Swedish Lapphund

Size Medium Medium Medium
Weight 31-35 pounds (14-16 kg) Male: 24-33 pounds (11-15 kg), Female: 18-27 pounds (8-12 kg) Male: 40-44 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16–18 kg)
Avg. Weight 33 pounds (15 kg) Male: 28.5 pounds (13 kg), Female: 22.5 pounds (10 kg) Male: 42 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 39.5 pounds (16–18 kg)
Height 15-20 inches (38-51 cm) Male: 17.72 inches (45 cm), Female: 16.54 inches (42 cm) Male: 18-20 inches (45-51 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Avg. Height 17.5 inches (44.5 cm) Male: 17.72 inches (45 cm), Female: 16.54 inches (42 cm) Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care - Finnish Spitz vs Norrbottenspets vs Swedish Lapphund

Coat Dense
Thick
Double
Double
Dense
Straight
Rough
Fluffy
Colors Red
Gold
Brown
White
Blonde
Tan
Yellow
White
Brown
Black
Grooming
Average: The Finnish Spitz requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Norrbottenspets doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Swedish Lapphund requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Finnish Spitzs shed moderately.
Norrbottenspetss shed moderately.
Swedish Lapphunds are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Finnish Spitz vs Norrbottenspets vs Swedish Lapphund

Temperament Happy
Intelligent
Playful
Independent
Loyal
Vocal
Active
Attentive
Daring
Alert
Confident
Affectionate
Kind
Trainable
Alert
Lively
Versatile
Intelligent Rank
Average: Finnish Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Norrbottenspets's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Swedish Lapphund's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Finnish Spitzs are easy to train.
Norrbottenspetss are quite easy to train.
Swedish Lapphunds are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Finnish Spitz is a playful breed.
Norrbottenspetss, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Swedish Lapphund is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Finnish Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Norrbottenspetss have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Swedish Lapphunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Finnish Spitzs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Norrbottenspetss are highly affectionate dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Finnish Spitzs are a social breed.
Norrbottenspetss need a lot of social interaction.
Swedish Lapphunds are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Finnish Spitz is a very vocal breed.
High: The Norrbottenspets is a very vocal breed.
High: The Swedish Lapphund is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Finnish Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Norrbottenspetss are average watchdogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Finnish Spitzs are average defenders.
Norrbottenspetss strongly protect their territory.
Swedish Lapphunds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Finnish Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Norrbottenspets has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Swedish Lapphund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Finnish Spitzs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Norrbottenspetss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Finnish Spitz is strong enough to escape from home.
Norrbottenspetss have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Swedish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Finnish Spitzs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Norrbottenspetss have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Swedish Lapphunds don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Norrbottenspetss are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Swedish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Finnish Spitzs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Norrbottenspetss adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Swedish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Finnish Spitzs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Norrbottenspetss tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Swedish Lapphunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Finnish Spitz vs Norrbottenspets vs Swedish Lapphund

Stranger Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Norrbottenspetss are average friendly towards strangers.
Swedish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are kid-friendly dogs.
Norrbottenspetss are kid-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Norrbottenspetss are average friendly towards cats.
Swedish Lapphunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Norrbottenspetss are dog-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Finnish Spitz is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Norrbottenspets is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Swedish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Norrbottenspetss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Norrbottenspetss are generally with other pets.
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Finnish Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Norrbottenspetss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Swedish Lapphunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Finnish Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Norrbottenspets breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Swedish Lapphund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Finnish Spitz vs Norrbottenspets vs Swedish Lapphund

Health Issues
Finnish Spitzs are commonly healthy dogs.
Norrbottenspetss tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
Health Problems Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Joint Problems
No set Allergies
Ear Infections
Eye Infections
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Finnish Spitzs are high energy dogs.
Norrbottenspetss have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Finnish Spitzs need a lot of exercises.
Norrbottenspetss have an average exercise need.
Swedish Lapphunds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Finnish Spitzs don't need too much sleep.
Norrbottenspetss sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Swedish Lapphunds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Finnish Spitz can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Swedish Lapphund can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Finnish Spitz has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Norrbottenspets has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Swedish Lapphund has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Finnish Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Norrbottenspets is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Swedish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Finnish Spitz vs Norrbottenspets vs Swedish Lapphund

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 3-6 puppies 3-5 puppies 4-6 puppies

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