|Country of origin:||Finland|
|Registries:||AKC, UKC, CKC|
|Occupation:||Barking bird dog|
|Size:||15.5 to 20 in tall; 25 to
|Longevity:||13 to 15 years
|Training:||Easy; breed does
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.