The Finnish Spitz, also known as the Finnish Barking Birddog, the Finnish Cock-Eared Dog, the Finnish Hunting Dog, the Suomenpystykorva and the “Finkie,” is the national dog of Finland. Its origin traces back several thousands of years, when the Finno-Ugrian peoples inhabited central Russia. This is an excellent breed for families, as it plays well with children of all ages and does well with other pets. The Finnish Spitz is an enthusiastic barker. It has been described as the ideal dog for people who like cats given its cat-like characteristics. The Finnish Spitz was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a member of the Miscellaneous Class, and became eligible to compete in AKC-sanctioned shows as part of the Non-Sporting Group in 1988.
The fox-like Finnish Spitz requires regular brushing to control shedding, but its dense red-gold double coat should never be trimmed. The mature male Finnish Spitz should stand 17½ to 20 inches at the withers, while adult females ideally stand 15½ to 18 inches in height. Adults typically weigh between 20 and 35 pounds.