The Finnish Spitz has a foxlike look, with short upright ears, a dense double coat, and a curled tail, indicative of a northern breed. They have square proportions and are swift and light on their feet without exaggeration. Their double coat, which consists of a short soft undercoat and a rough straight outer coat that is about 1 to 2 inches long, provides insulation from the snow and cold, allowing them to hunt in the worst of conditions.
AREA OF ORIGIN
This is an active and energetic breed that requires daily exercise in the form of a long leash walk or a run in an enclosed area. As a hunting breed, it’s important to keep an eye on them so they don’t go out on their own. Brush them once or twice a week, or more frequently if they’re shedding.
The Finnish Spitz is descended from ancient northern spitz canines that accompanied early Finno-Ugrian tribes across Eurasia to Finland. These dogs were most likely developed as camp followers and watchdogs before becoming hunting dogs. Until the early 1800s, the breed remained pure due to isolation more than design. Interbreeding nearly eliminated the pure Finnish Spitz when other groups of people brought their dogs to the region in the 1800s.
Two Finnish sportsmen discovered several dogs that had not been interbred in the late 1800s and were so amazed that they decided to save the endangered breed. Suomenpystykorva (Finnish Cock-Eared Dog) and Finnish Barking Bird Dog were two early names for the breed. The Finsk Spets (derived from its Swedish name) was the name given to it when it first arrived in England, but the name was altered to Finnish Spitz in 1891. After arriving in England in the 1920s, the breed was given the nickname Finkie. Finkies didn’t start being bred in the United States until the 1960s. In 1988, the breed was accepted into the Non-Sporting Group.
Our Mission is to help educate owners, and assist them in the proper care of their Finnish Spitz. When Finnish Spitz are found in shelters and rescue groups we strive to assist the dogs by contacting the breeder if possible for assistance, and if no history on the Finnish Spitz can be found we offer our assistance to private groups to either help them with their adoption of the Finnish Spitz, or to take the dog into our program for foster care and placement.
Our Goal is to help as many needy Finnish Spitz as possible, striving through education and assistance, to reduce the numbers of homeless and abandoned Finnish Spitz across the country. While we are a very small group with no local chapters at this time, we will try our best to provide shelter and care for as many needy red dogs as we can.