Dog breeds Group 5 - Section 3 from FCI – Nordic Watchdogs and Herders

In the section 3 you will find dog breeds from the northern parts of Europe, from North America and also from Asia.

They all have a very dense coat with a strong undercoat. So they can do their job as herding dogs on farms and with herds of cattle in all weather conditions.. In the meantime, beauty and form are also important in raising these persevering and eager working dogs. Occasionally they are also kept as family companions in their country of origin.

Due to centuries of breeding for use as a herding dog, it is especially important when keeping a dog of this type that it has a lot of possibilities of movement. These extremely versatile dogs need a task in order to live out their urge to work and their drive to move..

The FCI ⓘ (Federation Cynologique Internationale) recognize 337 races and each is ‘property’ from a specific country, where it had its origin. All of them are included in 10 Groups under a registration number, a section number and a group number.

Standard – classification FCI

  • Group 5: Spitz and primitive types.
  • Section 3: Nordic Watchdogs and Herders.

1 Finnish Lapphund

Finnish Lapponian Dog

In southern Europe it has been known for very recently, and is likely to succeed when its qualities are discovered.


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2 Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog

The muzzle expression of the Icelandic Sheepdog recalls a smile that highlights your cheerful temperament.

Where does the dog come from

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3 Lapponian Herder

Lapponian Herder

It barks a lot, especially when he is working.

The similarities of Lapponian Herder with the Finnish Lapphund

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4 Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund It is usually excellent obedience and dog agility competitions.

The Norwegian Buhund (Norsk Buhund, Nordiske Spitz-sinks, Norwegian Sheepdog or

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5 Swedish Lapphund

In experienced hands the Swedish Lapphund is a loyal and robust companion.

Origin and history

The Swedish Lapland Dog shares his ancestors

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6 Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund

It is practically unknown outside the Nordic countries.

The Swedish Vallhund (Västgötaspets), known as also as “Viking dog“, was bred for

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