Finnish Hound

Other names/Nicknames:
  • Suomenajokoira
  • Finnish Stovare
Country/Date of origin:
  • Finland
  • 1800′s
  • 20-1/2 to 24 inches
  • 55 to 60 pounds
  • Affectionate and friendly to all.
  • Not as inclined to roam as other Foxhound types.
  • High energy.

Typical of Scandinavia’s Stovare-type of hunting hound, the Finnish version, called Suomenajokoira in its native land, is about a 100-years old.  It was created by crossing English Foxhounds, French and German hounds, and some of the older Stovare-types in Sweden.  By 1870, the type was fixed but appearance in this breed has never been as important as hunting ability.  Its quarry is the hare and the fox, which it flushes and pursues.

Body Type:
  • A medium-sized hound of the Foxhound type.
  • Long, hanging hound ears stand out slightly from the head and are not altered.
  • Long tail is not altered.
  • A short, thick coat that is both coarse and rough.
  • Traditional hound tricolor markings of black, red, and white.
  • Sheds profusely for a shorthaired dog.  Otherwise, minimal grooming.
Health and Wellness:
  • Exceptionally healthy.
  • Hip dysplasia.
What you should know:
  • Although the Finnish Hound is not often seen outside its native land, it is the most popular dog in that country.
  • A puppy will be difficult to locate in the United States.
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