Suomenpystykorva FCI Standard
from the Volga River Area of Central Russia (now it is Finland). This dog is considered the National dog of Finland, and is even mentioned in several patriotic songs. The Finnish Spitz was bred to hunt a wide variety of game from squirrels and other rodents to bears and wild boar.
The breed was developed from dogs that owned different Finnish tribes, and therefore the early breed members were the pure-bred dogs with strong hunting instincts. The Finnish Spitz remained pure until the 1870’s when a French explorer De La Martiniere documented the breed for the first time. By the 1880’s, Finnish Spitz began to be interbred with different dogs that travelled with their owners to the area.
Hugo Sandberg and his hunting companion Hugo Ross decided to save the native breed of Finnish Spitz from almost certain extinction. They acquired several members of the breed, and began to develop a pure line over the next ten years. Sandberg was the first to create a formal breed standard by the end of the XIX century.
In 1892, the Finnish Kennel Club (FKC) registered the first Finnish Spitz. The first official breed standard based on Sandberg’s article written for the Sporten magazine, was established in 1897.
In 1927 the first Finnish Spitz arrived to the British Isles. In 1935 the Kennel Club (England) officially registered the breed. In America the first Finnish Spitz appeared in 1959, but the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognised the breed only in 1988.
The Finnish Spitz loves children and makes a gentle companion for them, as it tends to simply walk away when irritated. This breed is not human aggressive but can be aloof with strange people. The properly socialized dog will get along with other dogs and animals, but it tends to see birds as a prey.
• canine hip dysplasia (CHD);
• elbow dysplasia;
• patellar luxation;
• progressive retinal atrophy (PRA);
• pulmonary stenosis.
One of the major problems for Finkie’s owners is barking. This breed is known as the “Barking Bird Dog”. The Finnish Spitz will bark often and loud. You can learn to control this problem but training must begin as early as possible.