Canadian Kennel Club Official Breed Standard



General Appearance

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.

The muzzle

moderately long, sharply tapering. The

length, half length of head or shorter.

The skull

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

nosebridge straight.

The nose

should be black and

the lips

thin, dry and

tight fitting.

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.

Upper Arm

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.

Knee joint


Lower thigh

Forming a marked angle to upper thigh.


Broad and strong, viewed from front and side.

Rear pastern

Dry, elastic and rather long.

Hind Feet

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