Country of Origin : Finland
Dog Group : Hound
The Finnish Spitz dogs were originally known as the Suomenpystrykorva (the Finnish Cock-Eared Dog ) and the Finnish Barking Birddogs. About 2000 years ago they were brought from the Volga River Area of Central Russia to what is now Finland, and are considered the National dog of Finland, and are mentioned in several patriotic songs. They were used to hunt small game. When the dog would find their pray they would alert the hunter with their distinctive yodel type, ringing bark pointing with their head in the direction the animal was in. The breed is more popular in Scandinavian countries.
In appearance the Finnish Spitz reminds one of a fox. The body is muscular and square. The head is flat between the ears rounding slightly at the forehead. The narrow muzzle has a pronounced stop and is wider at the base where it attaches to the skull tapering to a point. The nose and lips are black. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The dark, almond shaped eyes have black rims. The ears are set high, erect, open towards the front of the dog. The legs are straight when viewed from the front. The topline is level. The chest is deep reaching to the elbows. The plumed tail curls up over the back and down the side with an abundant amount of hair. Dewclaws are sometimes removed and the catlike feet are round.
Feeding & Ownership
The Finnish Spitz do not seem to suffer from any digestive problems so will eat any type of dog food.
The Finnish Spitz is friendly, lively, playful, alert and brave, and make a great companion for family members of all ages, especially children and older adults. They are slow to mature, only reaching their complete adult form at 3½ to 4 years of age. Socialise them well or they can be reserved and even somewhat aloof with strangers. They are generally good with other pets. This breed is lively and curious, though not overwhelmingly so. The Finnish Spitz is a dog that requires much patience and understanding, together with a consistent manner.
The Finnish Spitz has a self-cleaning coat - as do most other Arctic dogs. Regular grooming with brush and comb is still necessary to remove dead hair. The coat does not have a doggie odour.