This diminutive spitz breed from Sweden is likely descended from small hunting dogs that lived in ancient times with the hunters of the Nordic region. Natural selection ensured that only the fittest dogs would reach maturity and procreate. Following World War II, the price of furs collapsed and interest in the Norrbie disappeared. In fact, the Swedish Kennel Club concluded that the breed was extinct. Eventually, this was proven false. The breed had survived, primarily as a farm dog and companion in the Norrbotten region. A group of eager hunters sought to find specimens that were typical of the breed and by 1967, the Swedish Kennel Club re-accepted the Norrbottenspets for registration, complete with a new breed standard. The Norrbie today is used chiefly as a barking bird dog. However, it is also effective on small, fur-bearing animals and can stop elk for the hunter.
Rare Dog Breeds
This eclectic group of ancient dog breeds is anything but ordinary. To describe the dog breeds in this group as “rare” is entirely relative. Many of them are hugely popular in their native countries. The powerful Fila Brasileiro is used throughout Brazil as a police dog and a hunter of jaguar and other big game. The Canadian Eskimo Dog has a long history working with the Inuit peoples. The Sloughi and the Azawakh are ancient North African sighthounds. For our purposes, these dog breeds are considered “rare” because they have not yet…
Hard, short, straight and close fitting, with a dense undercoat. Coat is short on the face, skull, ears and fronts of legs, and longer on the neck, back of thighs and underside of tail.