Original Name : Suomenpystykorva
Type : Lupoid
Male size : 18½ inches
Male weight : 26½-28½ lbs
Female size : 16½ inches
Female weight : 15½-22 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Finland
This breed mainly hunts forest game birds, waterfowl and small pests, together with moose. These passionate hunters are fairly independent, although they will work as part of a team, barking to indicate the presence of game. Lively, vigorous, brave and determined, they can be somewhat aloof with strangers, but never vicious.
Viewed from above, egg-shaped, gradually broadening toward the ears between which it is broadest.
Well defined withers, especially in males, fairly short, straight, muscular back, short, muscular loins.
Reddish or golden brown, preferably glossy, on the back, lighter elsewhere.
Set rather high, always pricked.
Vigorously curved forward from the base, carried long and close to the back.
Fairly long on the body, erect or semi-erect, stiffer on neck and back.
The main purpose of the Finnish Spitz breeding program was originally to produce a very attractive-looking dog that would bark at game birds up in the trees. The first standard was published in 1892. The first show took place that same year, while the first game bird hunting competition was held five years later. When stud book registrations began in the 1890’s most working dogs of the type were found in the west and the north of the country, but nowadays they are very widespread in Finland and Sweden. Developed as a pure natural stock, the breed is considered to be a key element of Finnish culture. As such, in 1979 the Finnish Spitz was designated Finland’s national dog.