Standard: FCI Standard #237 - 09-08-1999

Origin: Norway

Utilization: Watchdog, farm dog and herder of polyvalent use
Classification FCI: Group 5: Spitz and primitive types
Section 3: Nordic watchdogs- and herders. Without working trial
General appearance: A typical spitz, a little under middle size, squarely built with an alert and frank expression. Erect, pointed ears. Tail carried firmly curled over the back
Behavior/Character: Courageous, energetic and friendly

Head: Size in proportion to body, not too heavy. Wedge-shaped, lean, the male and female sex characteristics must be clearly defined

Cranial region:

Skull: Almost flat, parallel with nasal bridge. Well filled out under the eyes
Stop: Well defined, but not too pronounced

Facial region:

Nose: Black
Muzzle: About the same length as skull. Neither too narrow nor too heavy. Nasal bridge straight
Lips: Tightly closed, black
Jaws: Scissor bite, complete dentition
Eyes: Oval, color as dark as possible. Black eyes rims
Ears: Medium size, pointed, carried strongly erect
Neck: Medium long, clean, strong with good rise of neck

General appearance: Firm with strong bone
Shoulder: Moderately sloping
Elbow: Well set, turned neither in nor out
Forearm: Straight
Pasterns: Moderately sloping
Feet: Oval in shape, compact
Back and loin: Short, strong and straight
Croup: As little sloping as possible
Chest: Deep with well spring of ribs
Tail: Set high, firmly curled, carried over the center of the back, not too much to the side
General appearance: Moderate angulations
Upper thigh: Powerful, well muscled
Lowertigh: Well muscled
Feet: Oval in shape, compact
Movements: Effective, parallel with good drive. Firm top line

Hair: Outer coat: thick, rich and hard, but rather smooth-lying. On head and front of legs comparatively short, on neck, chest, back of thighs and tail longer Undercoat: soft and dense
Color: Wheaten (Biscuit): ranging from rather light to yellowish red. With or without dark tipped hairs, but must not influence the main color. Mask permitted. Clean and bright color. As little white as possible. Black: preferably self colored, without too much bronzing. As little white as possible. Clean and bright color preferred


Height at the withers/Weight: Males: 43 - 47 cm - (14-18 kg) Females: 41 - 45 cm - (12-16 kg)


Faults: Any departure from the foregoing point should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree 
- general appearance too fine, to coarse, lack elegance 
- liver or pink nose
- pincer bite
- light eyes, protruding eyes
- poorly curled tail. Hanging tail. Feathering unwanted 
- overbuilt hindquarters
- paddling in front. Short, ineffective step 
- wavy or too long coat
- nervousness

Disqualifying faults:
- aggressiveness 
- not erect ears 
- over or undershot mouth 
- any color but the ones mentioned above
- dogs more than 1 cm under or 2 cm above the height at withers mentioned above
OBS: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum