Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs by blood trail.
The Finnish Hound (Suomenajokoira) has very ancient origins and unfortunately, like many other breeds, completely unknown. The official recognition of the breed by the International Cynological Federation took place only after the Second World War, but the breed had already existed for centuries in that country.
Medium sized dog. Its conformation is quite light. The body has the shape of an elongated rectangle. Its hair is of medium thickness, dark in color. Of good proportions. Morphologically interesting breed in many aspects.
This Hound is known for his extraordinary sense of orientation, which is considered the best of all dog breeds. Its sense of smell is also developed. It is known for its consistency in following a fresh track or track, even for hours, giving voice and without weakening. Used, both in the past and now, for hunting wild boar and carnivores. He is also trained as a guard and defense dog, with excellent results. Active, living temperament; in the family he is calm and always friendly, but it is not a dog that can live in an apartment. He loves being outdoors.
Finnish Hound - Suomennajokoira
Finnish Hound - Suomennajokoira (photo www.freewebs.com/heidikemppainen)
- males between 45 and 50 cm
- females between 40 and 45 cm.
Trunk: inscribed in an elongated rectangle. With a rather light conformation.
Head and muzzle: typical hound. Large, slightly rounded skull. Muzzle full enough. strong jaws. Intelligent expression.
Truffle: black in color, with nostrils well open.
Teeth: strong, well developed, with scissor bite.
Neck: strong, robust and well inserted.
Ears: are attached slightly below the eye line. Of medium length, they are rolled up at their ends and falling flat against the head.
Eyes: dark, and well embedded in the orbits, they reflect liveliness and courage. They are almond shaped.
Limbs: in perfect perpendicularity. Strong, solid. With discreet skeleton. Obvious and developed muscle masses.
Shoulder: well inclined.
Pace: fast and loose.
Musculature: with excellent mass.
Tail: it is saber-shaped, long up to the hock.
Hair: 2 to 5 cm long; medium thickness, well laid down, dense. It is a little longer on the back, neck and tail. The undercoat is dense, especially in winter; it must not become less thick in the summer.
Allowed colors: black with spots ranging from brown to acajou on the lips, cheeks, throat, chest, eyes and paws.
Most common defects: incorrect movement, lack of premolars, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, non-standard sizes, colors not allowed by the standard, clear eye, badly worn ears, depigmented truffle, too long hair, long hair on the head, aggressive or fearful character, too long or too long tail short, prognathism, enognatism.
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