The Finnish Spitz
The Finnish SpitzThese bright red dogs of typical Spitz shape are unusual in that they hunt small birds and give considerable tongue while doing so. The breed is steadily increasing in popularity, as well it might: it has a lively and friendly temperament and makes an active companion for the family requiring exercise.
The Finnish Spitz is the national dog of Finland with a written standard going back to 1812. A number of national patriotic songs include mentions of the breed.
Originally, the Finnish Spitz tracked larger game, such as bear and elk, but now it is used mainly to seek out capercaillie and black grouse. The strength of the game bird population has a direct effect on the strength of the breed, registrations dropping in years that are bad for the birds.
Straight-legged, compact, but not heavy bodied, the Finnish Spitz is a square-shaped breed with sparkle and charm. The middle-length coat is semi-erect, stiffer on the neck and back, and particularly prominent in the ruff of the male. Although not short, the coat is easy to maintain and can be cleaned quickly with the aid of a sponge. Equally happy in all weathers, the Finnish Spitz considers that his place is not outside in the kennel, but indoors with his friends.
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Finnish Spitz Breed Standard
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function.
Visit the Kennel Club website for the Breed Standard of the Finnish Spitz – Finnish Spitz Breed Standard
Finnish Spitz Clubs in the West Country
There are no Clubs specific to the West Country. The National Clubs are:
The Finnish Spitz Club – www.finnishspitz.org.uk/finnishspitzclub.html
The Finnish Spitz Society – Sec: Mr David Rolfe, Willow Farm, Upper Dunwear, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 0AD – Tel: 01278 423406 Email