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Norrbottenspets Dog Breed

The Norrbottenspets, often referred to as the Norrbotten Spitz, is a small and lively breed hailing from northern Sweden. This charming dog is known for its striking appearance, characterized by a fox-like face, erect ears, and a dense double coat, typically white with reddish-brown markings. Norrbottenspets were originally bred as versatile hunting dogs, excelling in tracking and hunting small game, such as squirrels and grouse. Despite their diminutive size, they possess boundless energy, intelligence, and determination. These dogs are renowned for their affectionate and loyal nature towards their families, making them wonderful companions. While relatively rare outside of their native Sweden, Norrbottenspets continue to gain recognition and appreciation for their unique qualities and endearing personalities.


Norrbottenspets dog side photo
American Norrbottenspets Association

The Norrbottenspets

The Norrbottenspets (affectionately or Norrbottens), is a hardy, fearless, tree-barking dog that happily works to help hunters track game.

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Dan Sayers

Dan Sayers

Dan Sayers is the Editor-in-Chief of SHOWSIGHT digital and print publications. He received a B.S. from Drexel University where he studied interior architectural design. His professional career has allowed him to develop his planning, problem-solving, and project management skills, which were employed in the office, educational, and financial sectors. While working as a project manager, he earned a Graphic Design Certificate from the University of the Arts and began creating ads for many of America’s top-winning show dogs. Through this work, Dan became Editor-in-Chief of the nation’s first online-only dog show publication. His current role expands on this experience and broadly extends to cover the sport of dogs in Companion and Performance events as well as all aspects of Conformation.

Dan is a long-time member of the Irish Water Spaniel Club of America and is the organization’s current AKC Delegate and Archivist/Historian, as well as a club-approved Breed Mentor. From 2000-2010, he was the club’s AKC Gazette Columnist. He breeds Irish Water Spaniels under the Quiet Storm prefix and has judged the IWSCA National Specialty Sweepstakes twice. Dan is a member of the Morris and Essex Kennel Club as well as the Dog Writers Association of America, which recognized his illustrations in the award-winning canine compendium, the Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology.