Canadian Kennel Club Official Breed Standard
Small, squarish spitz dog, tightly built, with dry, powerful muscles. The
dog should be of a very good structure, the head carried high and
fearless. The dog should be extremely mobile. Differences in body
structure due to sex should be well marked. Norrbottenspets should, as
a hunting dog, be attentive and daring, giving impression of alertness,
activity, kindness and self confidence. Never nervous, shy or aggressive.
The ideal dog should give the impression of a typical, small spitz dog,
very alert and attentive, with good anatomy and mentality.
The head should be powerful, dry, well built and viewed from front and
side wedge formed.
moderately long, sharply tapering. The
length, half length of head or shorter.
moderately wide, stop
well but moderately marked, the forehead slightly arched and the skull
moderately flat. The superciliary arches should be well marked and the
should be black and
thin, dry and
Mouth: Scissor bite with well developed teeth.
The eyes moderately big, bright and expression calm and energetic. Dark
brown. The eyes should be almond shaped and obliquely set.
High set, slightly over medium size and stiffly erect. Tips slightly rounded.
Moderately long, dry and muscular, with slightly arched neck, carried
Back short, strong, muscular and elastic. Viewed from side, slightly
sloping over the withers and then straight. Loins short and broad. Croup
moderately long and broad, slightly sloping and with well developed
muscles. Chest moderately deep and long, the back ribs well developed.
Oval shaped viewed from front. Forechest well developed and well
marked. Front of normal width. Viewed from side, the lowest part of
chestline should reach the underarm just below the elbow and softly fit
into bellyline. Belly moderately tucked up. Depth of body (the vertical
distance from highest point of withers to lowest point of chest) should be
about half height of withers.
Fore and Hindquarters
Shoulder blade long and broad, with well developed chest and muscles.
Close fitting to chest and proportionately set back.
Should be the same length as shoulder blade, strong, well fitting close to
chest, but permit free movements and form a marked angle with the
chest. Elbows directed backwards.
Straight, strong bones, dry but flexible muscles.
Wrist and pastern
Strong. The underarm forming a straight line with wrist and pastern
viewed from front. The pastern slightly angled forward viewed from side.
Small, strong, standing straight forward, well arched and closed, with
well developed, solid pads.
Proportionately long, wide and strong, slightly sloping.
Proportionately long, forming a straight angle to pelvis. Strong muscles.
Forming a marked angle to upper thigh.
Broad and strong, viewed from front and side.
Dry, elastic and rather long.
As fore feet. Standing straight forward. Hindlegs parallel, viewed from
Proportionately high set, carried in a fairly high curve, loosely curled with
the tip of tail touching side of thigh. The length of tail should not reach
below hock. Bobtail not allowed.
Norrbottenspets should, in canter and trot, show smooth, even
movements with great drive, covering the ground well. Topline must be
firm. Hindlegs must be parallel.
Hard, short, straight and rather close fitting hair, fine and dense
undercoat. Short on nosebridge, skull, ears and front of legs, longer on
neck, back of thighs and underneath the tail.
All colours permitted. Ideal colour is white with yellow or red/brown
Ideal Height: Male: 17-1/2-18 inches (45 cm)
Female: 16-1/2-17 inches (42 cm)
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault
and the seriousness of the fault should be in exact proportion to its
Liver or flesh colored nose.
Lack of premolars