Finnish Hound

Other names

Suomenajokoira, Finnischer Laufhund

Life expectancy

12 years

Age adult

20 months

Height (Shoulder height)

56 cm


23 kg

Coat texture

short-haired / smooth

Coat color


Common illnesses

factor VII deficiency / heart diseases / skin diseases / cerebellar ataxia

Food expenses per month in €

about € 52

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather yes

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


balanced / active / clingy / likes hunting / calm / tenacious / independent

Bred for

preferred by aristocracy, companion dog / hunting dog, hound

Common illnesses

factor VII deficiency / heart diseases / skin diseases / cerebellar ataxia

Dog type according to FCI

scent hounds and related breeds

FCI description

They have always been used as hunting dogs, have an extraordinary sense of smell and pick up every trace. Running dogs had to follow the game over long distances, sweat dogs search for the injured (sweaty) game and follow it. They have an enormous urge to move and need a lot of exercise and meaningful, species-appropriate occupation. Many breeds, especially sweat dogs, are only handed over to hunters. If you are not aware of what hunting motivation means, you may soon be overwhelmed. Because this instinct cannot be completely trained away.

Dogs of this group are considered friendly, intelligent and social, therefore they are popular companion dogs. Think about whether you can cope with the hunting temperament, because once the untrained hunting dog has a track in his nose he quickly forgets any obedience and is up and away.

Short description

The Finnish Hound is one of the most popular breeds in Finland. This breed isvery calm around the family, but can be quite fiery during hunting. This breed is not suitable for city-life, as they need a lot of exercise outdoors. Nowadays, it is especially popular for hunting hare and fox.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.