Finnish Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Finnish Hound so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginFinland flagFinland
Other Names
What other names does the Finnish Hound have?
Finnish BrackeSuomenajokoira
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Finnish Hound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Finnish Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Finnish Hound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Finnish Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Finnish Hound gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Finnish Hound?
Average: The Finnish Hound is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Finnish Hound Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Finnish Hound weigh? Finnish Hound weight:
45-55 pounds (20-25 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Finnish Hound? Finnish Hound average weight:
50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Finnish Hound? Finnish Hound height:
20-24 inches (52-61 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Finnish Hound average height:
22 inches (56.5 cm)

Finnish Hound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Finnish Hound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
SmoothDenseDoubleCoarse
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Finnish Hound's coat?
Tricolor
Grooming
How to groom the Finnish Hound and how often?
Easy to groom: The Finnish Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Finnish Hound is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Finnish Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Finnish Bracke?
Finnish Hounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Finnish Hound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Finnish Hound every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Finnish Hound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Finnish Hound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CalmFriendlyPassionateEnergeticIndependentVersatile
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Finnish Hound? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Finnish Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Finnish Hounds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Finnish Hounds are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Finnish Hound sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Finnish Hounds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Finnish Hounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Finnish Bracke need? Finnish Hound social needs:
Finnish Hounds need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Finnish Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Finnish Bracke bark?
Low to Average: The Finnish Hound rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Finnish Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Finnish Hounds are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Finnish Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Finnish Hounds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Finnish Hound can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Finnish Hound will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Finnish Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Finnish Bracke? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Finnish Hound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Finnish Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Finnish Hound has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Finnish Hound bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Finnish Hound, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Finnish Hound do?
Finnish Hounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Finnish Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Finnish Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Finnish Hound roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Finnish Hound is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Finnish Hound have high prey drive?
Finnish Hounds 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. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Finnish Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Finnish Hound breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Finnish Hound indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Finnish Hounds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Finnish Hounds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Finnish Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Finnish Hound temperament with other people:
Finnish Hounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Finnish Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Finnish Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Finnish Hounds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Finnish Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Finnish Hound temperament with children:
Finnish Hounds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Finnish Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Finnish Hounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Finnish Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Finnish Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Finnish Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Finnish Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Finnish Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Finnish Hounds good office dogs? Do Finnish Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Finnish Hounds be office dogs?
No
Finnish Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Finnish Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Finnish Bracke temperament with senior people? Are Finnish Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Finnish Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.

Finnish Hound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Finnish Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Finnish Hounds tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Finnish Hound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Finnish Hound see the vet?
Frequent
The Finnish Hound should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Finnish Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Finnish Hound be? What is the age limit of the Finnish Hound? How many years can the oldest Finnish Hound live?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Finnish Hound: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Finnish Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Finnish Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Finnish Hound have? What is the activity level of the Finnish Hound?
Finnish Hounds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Finnish Hound dogs require per day?
Finnish Hounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Finnish Hounds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Finnish Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Finnish Hound risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Finnish Hound has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Finnish Hound's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Finnish Hound can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Finnish Hound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Finnish Hound drool?
The Finnish Hound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Finnish Hound could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Finnish Hound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Finnish Hound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Finnish Hound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Finnish Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Finnish Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Finnish Hound be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Finnish Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Finnish Hound be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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. Finnish Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Finnish Hound be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Finnish Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Finnish Hound be a boat dog?

Not really

Finnish Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Finnish Hound be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Finnish Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Finnish Hound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Finnish Hound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Finnish Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Finnish Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Finnish Hound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Finnish Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Finnish Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.

Finnish Hound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Finnish Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Finnish Hound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Finnish Hound has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Child Friendly: Finnish Hounds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Finnish Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Finnish Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Finnish Hounds tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Finnish Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Finnish Hound breed.
  • Mouthiness: Finnish Hounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Finnish Hound is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Finnish Hounds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Finnish Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Finnish Hound History

Early history

The Finnish Hound’s exact history and ancestry are not known in detail, due to the lack of explicit recordings. Nonetheless, it is considered to be true, that the breed can trace its origins back to the 19th century in Finland. It is said that there were many dogs living in Finland, that resembled greatly other European hound breeds at that time. Many scientists reclaimed that the Finnish Hound is actually originated from the early 1800s because it is known that there were many hunting dogs being bred at that time in Finland.

Development

The known parts of the Finnish Hound’s history are very similar to many other scent hound breeds of this time. In the Nordics area, there was high demand and need for the development of a versatile hunting breed, that could successfully navigate on a wide variety of terrains, and which was not impeded by the freezing, harsh and always-wintery weather conditions. It is believed that English Foxhounds, alongside a variety of French, Swiss, and German hounds were consciously exported to Finland and bred together in order to produce the Finnish Hound, or in its other, older name, the Finnish Bracke. Initially, the Finnish Hound was bred for the purpose of hunting for moose, foxes, rabbits, and even bobcats. The dogs liked to work alone and were used to track scent either in the air or on the ground, chasing prey, and barking loudly as they went on the chase. The breed quickly became a respected hunting companion in Scandinavia.

Organizations and standards

The first definitive roots of the Finnish Hound were found in 1889. The Finnish Kennel Club was also established this year, with the intention of preserving the breed’s pedigree and continuing the dogs’ organized breeding. The Finnish Kennel Club recognized the breed in the 1930s, right after the dogs’ breed standard was finalized in 1932. However, it was not until much later that the UKC (United Kennel Club) officially registered the breed, within their Scent Hound Group in 1996.

Hunting nowadays

The Finnish Hound is an authentic hunting breed, even nowadays, the breed is rarely kept just as a family companion, or a show dog. The breed continues to be one of the most popular and highly respected hunting breeds in the Scandinavian territories, moreover, the breed is also fancied by the American hunting communities. For these reasons, the Finnish Hound is considered to be a rare breed outside of its native country, nevertheless, the breed is often quoted as being among the three most popular dog breeds within Finland today.

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