Can. Ch. Valhallasun Vakie at RNB
Photo courtesy of RNB Kennels Reg'd.

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

Note 2: — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




16.5 to 18 inches (42-46 cm)

Breed Profile:

The Norrbottenspets, also known as the Nordic Spitz, is a small Swedish hunting dog resembling the Finnish Spitz and the Norwegian Lundehund. He has the typical spitz characteristics including small, erect ears, a wedge-shaped head and a square build. He is also typically very alert, attentive, and self-confident. He was originally bred to hunt small game and, in North America, though still small in numbers, the breed can be seen working in Search and Rescue.

As a family companion, the Nordic Spitz is loyal, affectionate, gentle with children, and has a good and stable temperament. He is never aggressive, shy or nervous.

He has a low maintenance, hard, straight, and close-fitting double coat that is ideally white with yellow or red/brown markings but he can be seen in any colour.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Norrbottenspets puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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