Finnish Spitz

Country of origin: Finland
Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC
Occupation: Barking bird dog
Size: 15.5 to 20 in tall; 25 to
40 lbs
Longevity: 13 to 15 years
Exercise: Moderately active
Training: Easy; breed does
Grooming: Double coat
Colors: Golden red

This lively, independent breed has long been used for hunting in eastern Finland and the Karelian region of Russia. The national dog of Finland, it is still a popular gundog in its homeland. The breed remains close to its origins both physically – with a thick insulating coat that makes it almost impervious to cold – and in character. It is used to follow game that takes refuge in trees, keeping up a continuous loud barking until the hunter arrives. This noisy trait makes it a good choice for a guard dog. This breed is known as the Finsk Spets, or Suomenpystykorva, in its native land. After the Russian Revolution, those living in Karelia were called Karelo-Finnish Laikas. Distinctly foxlike in appearance, this dog thrives on activity and is not the most biddable of breeds, so may not be the best choice for a family pet.



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