Finnish Spitz Breed Profile


The Finnish Spitz presents a fox-like picture. The breed has long been used to hunt small game and birds. The pointed muzzle, erect ears, dense coat and curled tail denotes its northern heritage. The Finnish Spitz whole being shows liveliness, which is especially evident in the eyes, ears and tail. Males are decidedly masculine without coarseness. Bitches are decidedly feminine without over-refinement.


Varying shades of golden-red ranging from pale honey to deep auburn. White markings on the tips of the toes and a quarter-sized spot or narrow white strip.


Active and friendly, lively and eager, faithful; brave, but cautious.


The Finnish Spitz was brought from the Volga River are of Central Russia to Finland by hunting tribes about 2000 years ago. They were bred for their hunting prowess, used in hunting fowl, fox, elk, and other small game. Finnish Spitz were almost extinct by the 1880s due to breeding practices, but was saved by two sportsmen from Helsinki. It took them 30 years to bring the breed back to its original form.

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