A Finnish hound is a three-colored dog. An excellent hunting dog and at the same time a delightful family companion. Mild, non-aggressive, relatively easy to lay. Bred mainly in Finland and Sweden and sold mainly in the hunters’ environment.
The Finnish hound, like other hounds, is very friendly towards people. Some individuals may be wary at the first meeting, but they are not aggressive. Therefore, this dog is not suitable as a guardian, but is a great friend of the family. He is also friendly to other dogs. He doesn’t accost them and doesn’t get into fights, he feels good in their group.
At home, calm, not imposed on his company, although he likes to be with the rest of the herd. He is usually obedient on walks. In the woods and in the meadow, unless he works with a hunter, he should be kept on a leash, because he can easily follow the voice of nature.
Even a well-bred hound sometimes forgets obedience and disappears from the field of view of the owner. However, do not panic – usually returns to the same place from which he took off on a trip.
Finnish hounds are used to hunt hares and foxes. Their specialty is both hunting and tracking of animals. While working on the trail, they preach, i.e. they bark barking, that they have found a trail.
These dogs are very durable, which works well even in difficult conditions. They could easily work even in the snow, but the Finns, according to tradition, stop hunting for the winter.
Finnish hound. Training and education
Unlike other wanted, Finnish is easy to raise. He learns new commands quickly and willingly – provided he is not forced to do anything.
Who is this race for?
As a utilitarian hunting breed, it requires a lot of traffic; its activity cannot be limited to several rounds around the block. If you are not a hunter, you can take him on a bike trip or try one of the dog sports, e.g. agility. Although it is not recommended to the city, it easily adapts to life even in a small apartment, as long as it can discharge energy.
Finnish hound. Advantages and disadvantages
strong hunting instincts
requires a gentle approach
good hunter’s helper
nice family dog
easy to shape for a chase
gentle to people and dogs
run out, the house is quiet and peaceful
easy to care for
The breed is generally very healthy, hip and elbow dysplasia occur sporadically, which is why breeding dogs should be tested for this. There is also cerebellar ataxia, which fortunately is already a genetic test. Studies have shown that about 10% of the population carry mutations.
The Finnish Hound has no specific dietary requirements. Of course, hunting dogs should receive more energetic food during the hunting season.
It’s uncomplicated. You should brush him regularly and check his ears.
It was bred from a cross between German, Swiss, English and Scandinavian hounds. Breeding of the breed began at the end of the nineteenth century, and the first model was created in 1932. Finnish hounds were used from the beginning to hunt hares and foxes.
The breed is very popular in Finland and Sweden, but in other countries, it is almost unknown. Finns are very reluctant to sell their treasure abroad. It is even more pleasing that in 2003 we managed to bring the first bitch to Poland, which, however, never had any offspring. There was also one male imported in Poland. The breed is still unique to us.
Finnish Hound – group VI FCI, section 1, reference number 51
Country of origin: Finland
Character: usually calm and gentle, full of energy on the hunt, persistent tracker
Size: dogs: 55-61 cm, bitches: 52-58 cm
Weight: not specified in the standard, approx. 17-25 kg
Color: three-colored (red with a black saddle pad and white markings)
Lifespan: 13-14 years
Vulnerability to training: excellent for chase
Activity: needs a lot of traffic, but at home is calm
Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: very resistant
Finnish Hound is one of the most popular breeds in Finland. In 2015 and 2016, the Finnish Hound took second place on the list of the most popular breeds (in terms of the number of registrations at the Finnish Kennel Club in a given year). They were behind the Labradors and before the Jämthunds.