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Finnish Hound

Country/Date of Origin: Finland/1800s

Typical of Scandinavia's Stovare type of hunting hound, the Finnish version, called Suomenajokoira in its native land, is about a hundred 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.

FCI Group: 6 (Working)

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Suomenajokoira, Finnish Stovare

AKC Group: Miscellaneous

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Body Type:

  • A medium sized hound of the foxhound type
  • Height: 20 1/2 - 24 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 55-60 pounds
  • Long, hanging hound ears stand out slightly from the head and are not altered
  • Long tail is not altered


  • Affectionate and friendly to all
  • Excellent playmate for children
  • Not as inclined to roam as other foxhound types
  • High energy


  • 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, but otherwise minimal grooming

Health Concerns:

  • Exceptionally healthy
  • Hip dysplasia
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • 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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