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Finnish Hounds – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium to Large
Weight: 45 - 55 pounds
Height: 20 - 24 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt Finnish Hounds, Dog Breed Guide


Finnish Hounds is the dog breed which was developed to merge all the other European hound dogs from France, German and Sweden to take advantage of all their positive qualities. Since its breeding program in the 1800s, the Finnish Hound evolved to be Finland’s most beloved working dog.

Official Name

Finnish Hounds
Other Name – Suomenajokoira, Finsk Stovare


Date – 19th Century / Country – Finland
Family / Group – Scent Hound, Hound

Recognized By

Finnish Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.


The Finnish hound is thought to descend from the European-type hounds found in Finland in the early nineteenth century. They were crossed with other dogs, including Harriers, Hamilton Hounds, and foxhounds, to produce the present-day Finnish Hound. The breed is still used to track hares and foxes.


The Finnish Hound is a muscular, medium-sized dog that is known to be pleasant, active, hard workers, great companions and flexible to almost everyone. They tend to get along with everyone, even strangers.

Bred For

To hunt hare and fox


The Finnish Hound is not recommended for apartment life. It is moderately active indoors and does best with at least an average-sized yard.


The smooth, shorthaired coat is easy to keep in peak condition. These dogs are average shedders.


Make sure you have these dogs trained for pack leader status, obedience training and have a proper human to canine communication at all times to have them at their best behavior.


The Finnish Hound is one of the healthiest hound breeds there is and has no common sickness which may be prone to other scent hounds.


This is an energetic working dog with enormous stamina. It needs to be taken on daily, brisk, long walks.