Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 5 - spitz and primitive type dogs.
Today we only know that it originates in the north of Sweden. The evolution and origin of this breed is unknown. It is also called simply "Spitz of Norrbotten".
General appearance and character
General appearance: small Spitz-type dogs, squared, compact and stocky, with dry and strong muscles. Aitant, with tall bearing of the head; bold in character, it is extremely lively. Strong sexual dimorphism. The ideal dog represents a small Spitz, attentive, good guardian, of harmonious constitution and good character.
Character: as a hunting dog, the Norrbotten Spitz must show himself attentive and courageous and give the impression of a cute, active, lovable and self-confident dog. Never nervous, fearful or aggressive.
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- males 45 cm at the withers
- females 42 cm at the withers
Trunk: the depth of the body (i.e. the distance between the highest part of the withers and the lowest part of the chest) is approximately equal to half the height at the withers. Short, strong, muscular and elastic back. Seen in profile, the back line drops slightly above the withers, then continues in a straight line. Moderately long and broad croup, slightly inclined and very muscular. Short and wide lumbar region. Chest of moderate and long depth, with the last ribs very developed. Seen from the front, the rib cage is oval in shape, with a well-descended bib and a normal-width front. In profile, it reaches the height of the elbow and the chest line extends into the abdominal line. Moderately retracting lower abdomen line.
Head and muzzle: Moderately broad and rather flat skull. Slightly convex forehead. Very accentuated superciliary arches. Stop little accentuated but well defined. Medium length muzzle, very pointed. The length is half the length of the head or slightly shorter. Fine, dry, well-adapted lips. Straight nasal bridge.
Teeth: highly developed teeth with scissor articulation.
Neck: medium length, dry, muscular, slightly curved and carried high.
Eyes: medium size, almond-shaped and rather slanted. Dark brown, bright. Their expression is calm, but energetic.
Ears: high hairline, slightly less than average in size, with sparse hair and kept straight. Slightly rounded end.
Limbs: anterior with long and wide scapula, with very developed scapular spine and musculature. Well attached to the chest wall and very oblique. Arm of the same length as the shoulder blade, strong, well adherent against the rib cage, but nevertheless free to move. Open corner with the shoulder blade. Elbow well directed backwards.
Forearm: straight, with good bone and dry muscles, but nevertheless elastic. Carpus and metacarpus seen from the front, they are solid and form a straight line with the forearm. In profile, the metacarpus is slightly flexed. Front feet small, solid, well forward, well arched with clenched toes; well developed and solid bearings. Hindquarters seen from behind, hindquarters are parallel. Solid grassella. Thigh of proportionate length, it forms a right angle with the pelvis. Very muscular. Strong hock, whatever angle it is viewed from. Right angle leg with pelvis. Dry, soft and rather long metatarsus. Hind feet as forelegs, well forward.
Gait: galloping as a trot, the Norrbotten Spitz has elastic and regular gaits, with wide strides and strong thrust of the hind limbs. The back line remains stable. The limbs move on planes parallel to the longitudinal axis of the body.
Musculature: well developed.
Tail: attached relatively high, carried quite high and in a semicircle, with the tip touching the sides of the thigh. When stretched, it must not go beyond the point of the hock. The shortened tail is not allowed.
Hair: hard, short, straight and rather tight, with fine and dense undercoat. The nasal bridge, the skull, ears and the front of the limbs are covered with short hair; around the neck, the back of the thighs and the lower face of the tail, the hair is longer.
Allowed colors: all colors are allowed. The ideal one is white with yellow or brownish red spots.
Most common defects: monorchidism, cryptorchidism, crooked limbs, badly carried tail, long hair, convergent nasal bridge, light hock, insufficient musculature, incorrect gait, defective rear end, inhibited character.
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