Breed History / Description

The national dog of Finland was well established when the first breed standard was written in 1812. Originally he was used for tracking elk and bear, their barking signalling that they had found game. Now used for finding game birds, he uses the same vociferous technique, barking at the birds perched in trees, to alert the hunters in the thick forests. The spitz characteristics are a wedge shaped head, compact body and a stand off outer coat with a tightly curled tail over his back. The bright red iridescent coat of the Finish Spitz is much admired.


Eagerness to hunt, courage tempered with caution, fidelity and intelligence. 


Alert, lively, friendly but independent.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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