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Finnish Spitz vs Norwegian Elkhound vs Jämthund – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Finnish Spitz vs Norwegian Elkhound vs Jämthund" Compare Finnish Spitz and Norwegian Elkhound. Which is better: Finnish Spitz or Norwegian Elkhound or Jämthund?
Name Finnish Spitz Norwegian Elkhound Jämthund
OriginsFinland Norway Sweden
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank17791301
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Other Names Barking Bird Dog, Finnish Hunting Dog, Finnish Spets, Finsk Spets, Loulou Finois, Suomalainen Pystykorva, Suomenpystykorva Elkhound, Norsk Elghund, Grå Norsk Elghund, Gray Norwegian Elkhound, Small Grey Elk Dog, Norwegian Moose Dog, Harmaa Norjanhirvikoira Swedish Elkhound
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 in 1913 as a Hound 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. Not recognized by FCI.
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 No set
Price $500-$700 $500-$700 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - Finnish Spitz vs Norwegian Elkhound vs Jämthund

Size Medium Large Large Medium
Weight 31-35 pounds (14-16 kg) Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (23-30 kg), Female: 50-65 pounds (23-30 kg)
Avg. Weight 33 pounds (15 kg) Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26.5 kg)
Height 15-20 inches (38-51 cm) Male: 19-21 inches (48-53 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm) 22–26 inches (57–65 cm)
Avg. Height 17.5 inches (44.5 cm) Male: 20 inches (50.5 cm), Female: 19 inches (48.5 cm) 24 inches (61 cm)

Hair & Care - Finnish Spitz vs Norwegian Elkhound vs Jämthund

Coat Dense Thick Double Dense Thick Luxurious Fluffy
Colors Red Gold Gray White Silver Black Grey Dark Grey Light Grey
Grooming
Average: The Finnish Spitz requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Norwegian Elkhound requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Jämthund requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Finnish Spitzs shed moderately.
Norwegian Elkhounds shed above average.
Jämthunds shed moderately.

Characteristics - Finnish Spitz vs Norwegian Elkhound vs Jämthund

Temperament Happy Intelligent Playful Independent Loyal Vocal Alert Playful Intelligent Bold Loyal Strong Willed Loyal Energetic Independent Active Calm Daring
Intelligent Rank
Average: Finnish Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Norwegian Elkhound's has great intelligence.
Very smart: Jämthund is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Finnish Spitzs are easy to train.
Norwegian Elkhounds are easy to train.
Jämthunds are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Finnish Spitz is a playful breed.
Norwegian Elkhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Jämthund is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Finnish Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Jämthunds are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Finnish Spitzs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Norwegian Elkhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Jämthunds are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Finnish Spitzs are a social breed.
Norwegian Elkhounds need for social interaction is average.
Jämthunds are kinda antisocial.
Barking
High: The Finnish Spitz is a very vocal breed.
High: The Norwegian Elkhound is a very vocal breed.
High: The Jämthund is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Finnish Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are one of the best watchdogs.
Jämthunds are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Finnish Spitzs are average defenders.
Norwegian Elkhounds are average defenders.
Jämthunds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Finnish Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Norwegian Elkhound has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Jämthund has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Finnish Spitzs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Norwegian Elkhounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Jämthunds 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.
Wanderlust potential of the Norwegian Elkhound is strong enough to escape from home.
Jämthunds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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.
Norwegian Elkhounds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Jämthunds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Jämthunds are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Finnish Spitzs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Norwegian Elkhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Jämthunds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Jämthunds handle alone time quite well.
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 Norwegian Elkhound vs Jämthund

Stranger Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Jämthunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are kid-friendly dogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are kid-friendly dogs.
Jämthunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Jämthunds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Jämthunds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Finnish Spitz is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Norwegian Elkhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Jämthund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Norwegian Elkhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Jämthunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Norwegian Elkhounds are generally with other pets.
Jämthunds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Finnish Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Norwegian Elkhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Jämthunds 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
Norwegian Elkhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Jämthund 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 Norwegian Elkhound vs Jämthund

Health Issues
Finnish Spitzs are commonly healthy dogs.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Jämthunds are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Epilepsy Eye Problems Joint Problems No set Diabetes Hearing Issues Heart Disease Hip Dysplasia Liver Issues Obesity Skin Allergies
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Finnish Spitzs are high energy dogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are high energy dogs.
Jämthunds are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Finnish Spitzs need a lot of exercises.
Norwegian Elkhounds need quite a lot of exercise.
Jämthunds have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Finnish Spitzs don't need too much sleep.
Norwegian Elkhounds don't need too much sleep.
Jämthunds don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Finnish Spitz can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Norwegian Elkhound can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Jämthund can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Finnish Spitz has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Norwegian Elkhound has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Jämthund has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Finnish Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Jämthund drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Finnish Spitz vs Norwegian Elkhound vs Jämthund

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 5-10 puppies 4-6 puppies

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