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Norrbottenspets Standard 
Country of origin: Sweden 

General appearance
Small, squarish spitzdog with dry, powerful muscles. The dog should be of a very good structure, the head carried high and fearless. it should be extremely mobile. Differences in body structure due to sex should be well-marked. As a hunting dog, it should be attentive and daring, giving the impression of being alert, active, kind and self-confident. 
Norrbottenspets should never be nervous, shy or aggressive. The ideal dog should give the impression of a typical small spitzdog with good anatomy and mentality. 

Head
Powerful, dry, well-built and wedge-shaped when viewed from the front and side. 

Muzzle
Moderately long and sharply tapered with a half-head length or shorter. 

Skull
Moderately wide and flat, with the forehead slightly arched and the stop mmoderately well marked. The superciliary arches should be well marked and the nosebridge straight. 

Nose
Black nose and lips thin, dry and tightfitting. 

Mouth
Scissor bite with well developed teeth. 

Eyes
Moderately big, bright, calm and energetic. Dark brown. Almond-shaped and obliquely set. 

Ears
High set, slightly over medium size and stiffly erect. Tips slightly rounded. 

Neck
Moderately long, dry and muscular, slightly arched and carried erect. 

Body
Short, strong, muscular and elastic. When viewed from the side, slightly sloping over the withers and then straight. 

Loins
Short and broad. 

Croup
Proportionately long and broad, slightly sloping ab=nd well-developed muscularity. 

Chest
Moderately deep and long. Well developed back ribs. Oval shaped from a front view. Forechest well developed, well marked and of normal width. When viewed from the side, the lowest part of the chesline should reach the underarm just below the elbow and fit softly into the bellyline 

Belly
Moderately tucked up. 

Body
Depth (vertical distance from highest point of withers to lowest point of chest) should be about hal-height of the withers. 

Shoulderblade
Long and broad, with well-developed crest and muscles. Closefitting to chest and proportionately set back. 

Upperarm
Should be the same lenght as the shoulder blade. Strong, well fitting, close to the chest and directed backwards. Forms a marked angle with the crest and permits free movements. 

Underarm
Straight, strong bones, dry but flexible muscles. 

Wrist & pastern
Strong. When viewed from the front, the underam forms a straight line with the wrist and pastern. When viewed from the side, the pastern is slightly angled forward. 

Forefeet
Small, strong, standing straight forward, well arched and closed. Well-developed, solid pads. 

Hind feet 
As forefeet. Hindlegs parallel when viewed from behind. 

Thighs
Proportionately long, forming a staight angl to the pelvis. Strong muscles. 

Knee joint 
Strong. 

Lower thigh 
Forming a marked angle to the upper thigh. 

Hock
Broad and strong when viewed from the front and side. 

Rear pastern 
Dry, elastic and rather long. 

Tail
Proportionately high set, carried in a fairly high curve, loosely curled whit the tip of the tail touching the side of the thigh. The length of tail should not reach below the hock. Bobtail not allowed. 

Gait
Norrbottenspets should show smooth when in canter and trot. Even movements with great drive, covering the ground well. Top-line must be firm, hindlegs parallel. 

Coat
Hard, short, straight and rather close-fitting hair. Fine, dense undercoat. Short on nosebridge, skull, ear and front of legs. Longer on neck, back of thighs and underneath tail. 

Color
All colours permitted. Ideal colour is white yellow or red/brown marking. 

Height
Ideal height: Male... 45 cm. or 17.5"; female... 42 cm. or 16.5". 

Weight
Ideal weight: Male... 30 lbs. or 14 kg; female... 25 lbs. or 12.5 kg. 

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Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness of the fault should be exact proportion to its degree.

 
 
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