Norrbottenspets Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginSweden flagSweden
Other Names
What other names does the Norrbottenspets have?
NorrbottenspitzPohjanpystykorvaNordic Spitz
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?

Norrbottenspets Price and Availability

How much does the Norrbottenspets 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?
If you choose to purchase the Norrbottenspets, 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 Norrbottenspets for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Norrbottenspets gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Norrbottenspets?
Average: The Norrbottenspets 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.

Norrbottenspets Size

What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
How much does the Norrbottenspets weigh? Norrbottenspets weight:
Male: 24-33 pounds (11-15 kg), Female: 18-27 pounds (8-12 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Norrbottenspets? Norrbottenspets average weight:
Male: 28.5 pounds (13 kg), Female: 22.5 pounds (10 kg)
How tall is the Norrbottenspets? Norrbottenspets height:
Male: 17.72 inches (45 cm), Female: 16.54 inches (42 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Norrbottenspets average height:
Male: 17.72 inches (45 cm), Female: 16.54 inches (42 cm)

Norrbottenspets Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Norrbottenspets have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Norrbottenspets's coat?
How to groom the Norrbottenspets and how often?
Easy to groom: The Norrbottenspets 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. Norrbottenspets 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 Norrbottenspets dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Norrbottenspitz?
Norrbottenspetss 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 Norrbottenspets need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Norrbottenspets 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.

Norrbottenspets Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Norrbottenspets have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Norrbottenspets? 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.
Are Norrbottenspets dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Norrbottenspetss are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
Average: Norrbottenspetss, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Norrbottenspets sensitivity:
Norrbottenspetss have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Norrbottenspetss are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Norrbottenspitz need? Norrbottenspets social needs:
Norrbottenspetss need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Norrbottenspets dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Norrbottenspitz bark?
A lot: Norrbottenspets is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice. The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.
Watchdog Ability
Is Norrbottenspets good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Norrbottenspetss 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 Norrbottenspets dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Norrbottenspetss strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Norrbottenspets bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Norrbottenspitz? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Norrbottenspets? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Norrbottenspets 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 Norrbottenspets has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Norrbottenspets bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Norrbottenspets, 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.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Norrbottenspets do?
Norrbottenspetss have an 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 Norrbottenspetss need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Norrbottenspets to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Norrbottenspets roam?
Norrbottenspetss have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Norrbottenspets have high prey drive?
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. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Norrbottenspets good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Norrbottenspets indoors.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Norrbottenspetss adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Norrbottenspetss tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Norrbottenspets Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Norrbottenspets temperament with other people:
Norrbottenspetss are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Norrbottenspets dogs get along with other pets? Are Norrbottenspets dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Norrbottenspetss are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Norrbottenspets dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Norrbottenspets temperament with children:
Norrbottenspetss are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Norrbottenspets dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Norrbottenspetss are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Norrbottenspets good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Norrbottenspets dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Norrbottenspetss are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Norrbottenspets can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Norrbottenspets breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Norrbottenspetss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Norrbottenspetss good office dogs? Do Norrbottenspetss make good office friendly dogs? Can Norrbottenspetss be office dogs?
Norrbottenspets is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Norrbottenspets dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Norrbottenspitz temperament with senior people? Are Norrbottenspets dogs good for elderly owners?
Norrbottenspetss are usually recommended for elderly people.

Norrbottenspets Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Norrbottenspets dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Norrbottenspetss tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Norrbottenspets breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Norrbottenspets see the vet?
The Norrbottenspets 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 Norrbottenspets dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Norrbottenspets be? What is the age limit of the Norrbottenspets? How many years can the oldest Norrbottenspets live?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Norrbottenspets: 13 years
Is the Norrbottenspets breed hypoallergenic?
Norrbottenspetss 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 Norrbottenspets have? What is the activity level of the Norrbottenspets?
Norrbottenspetss have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Norrbottenspets dogs require per day?
Norrbottenspetss have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Norrbottenspetss sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Norrbottenspets need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 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? Norrbottenspets risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Norrbottenspets 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 Norrbottenspets's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Norrbottenspets 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 Norrbottenspets drool?
The Norrbottenspets is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Norrbottenspets could be a good 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 less than others, just like the Norrbottenspets. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Norrbottenspets As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Norrbottenspets 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). Norrbottenspets is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Norrbottenspets be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Norrbottenspets 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. Norrbottenspets is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Norrbottenspets 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. Norrbottenspets is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Norrbottenspets 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 Norrbottenspets is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Norrbottenspets be a boat dog?

Not really

Norrbottenspets 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 Norrbottenspets 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. Norrbottenspets is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Norrbottenspets dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

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

Norrbottenspets 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 Norrbottenspets: 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 Norrbottenspets have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Norrbottenspets Recognition

AKC Group
Is Norrbottenspets recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed.
FCI Group
Is Norrbottenspets recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section.

Norrbottenspets Pros and Cons

  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Norrbottenspets doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Norrbottenspets is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Norrbottenspets has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Child Friendly: Norrbottenspetss are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Norrbottenspetss are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Norrbottenspetss are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Norrbottenspetss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Health Issues: Norrbottenspetss tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Norrbottenspetss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Norrbottenspetss tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Norrbottenspets is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Norrbottenspets History

History of the Norrbottenspets

The Norrbottenspets is a spitz-type dog originated from Norrbotten, Sweden, and Lapland, Finland. They were originally used as farm and hunting dogs – especially in the 20th century when squirrel fur was valuable – but with time they became more popular as companion dogs.

The earliest documentation of the Norrbottenspets is from the 17th century but the breed was registered by the Swedish Kennel Club only in 1910, giving them official recognition. However, in the following years because of the World Wars the population of the Norrbottenspets decreased dramatically and came close to extinction. In fact, the Swedish Kennel Club declared the breed extinct in 1948. But a few years later it turned out the Norrbottenspets dogs were still alive, surviving in remote villages and they were collected to start a breeding program in the 1950s and early 1960s. By the year 1966, the number of these dogs was enough to re-establish the breed and, this year, the official name was confirmed as Norrbottenspets. In Finland, where the Swedish standards were accepted, the registration of these dogs started in 1973. In the same year, the Swedish Kennel Club proposed a cooperative program together with the Finnish Kennel Club to search for more Norrbottenspets dogs. Both Clubs realized they share a common heritage and started to make a great effort to preserve this breed. In the following decades, they searched through the countries to find more individuals they can add to the gene pool. In the 1970s and 1980s, there was only about 20 registration each year but as more people knew about the breed the number of puppies registered started to increase and nowadays is over 200 per year.

Today in both Sweden and Finland the breeding is highly controlled to ensure the health of the animals and making sure they are only distantly related. Most of these dogs today live in one of these two countries, but they are far not as popular as other dog breeds. Although they were exported to other countries, including the United States, the breed is still not recognized by the American Kennel Club.

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