Scandinavia is a northern European region that includes Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Dogs having origins in Scandinavia are often called Scandinavian. They are able to withstand low temperatures, help the owner on hunting and protecting his family and livestock in the extreme north.
Norwegian dog breeds
Norwegian Buhund, Norwegian Gray Elkhund and Norwegian lundehund – all these breeds come from Norway. Buhund is used in mostly like a shepherd dog, and elkhund and lundekhund originally helped their owners on the hunt. Elkhund can track and to hunt moose and deer, and a small lundehund was bred for hunting for puffins and catching their eggs in coastal rocky areas.
Norwegian Gray Elkhund
Swedish dog breeds
Sweden is known as the birthplace of the other three breeds of the Spitz group: Swedish Elkhound, Norbotten Laika and Swedish Laphund. Swedish Elkhound (Yamthund) and Norbotten Laika were bred for hunting and property protection. To implement their watchdog qualities no additional training and training is required. Swedish elkhound is still used for moose hunting, and Norbotten Laika – for hunting rabbits and squirrels.
Swedish Laphund is one of the oldest breeds of dogs and originally used to protect and protect deer in ancient hunting tribes that inhabited Scandinavia during the Neolithic or in the stone age.
Danish dog breeds
Starodatsky Pointer and Danish Chicken Dog (Danish chicken dog) – two breeds that are often confused. Starodatsky Pointer above and stronger than a chicken dog and is used for hunting waterfowl birds. Danish chicken dog has a more stocky physique, longer ears and as a whole is a working multifaceted breed. Another Danish breed, the brogolmer, also known as Danish Mastiff, can be described as a gentle giant. Brogolmer previously used as a guard dog by the wealthy enough Danish families.
Danish Chicken Dog
Finnish and Icelandic dog breeds
Finnish Spitz and Icelandic Shepherd – both breeds have Scandinavian origin, but they are derived for completely different goals. The agile Finnish Spitz is a barking hunter who barks, to warn hunters of the location of partridges or squirrels. The second breed is a muscular Icelandic shepherd, used for guard and graze livestock and search for lost lambs. However, despite on the natural ability to find sheep and lost livestock, Icelandic shepherd does not have an inborn hunting instinct.