Non-sporting Breeds

Finnish Spitz

Finnish Spitz
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB)
Height: Dog: 17-20 in (43-50cm) Bitch:15-18 in (39-45cm)
Weight: 25-35 lb (11.5-16kg)
Coat: Short and close on head and front of legs, longer on body and back of legs, semi-erect and stiff on neck and back
Color: Reddish-brown or red-gold on back, preferably bright; lighter shades permissible on the underside

The Finnish Spitz is known in its native land as Suomenpystykorva, which means "cock-eared dog." It is the national dog of Finland, and is mentioned in a number of heroic Finnish national songs. It was once used by Lapp hunters to track elk and polar bears, but is now popular throughout Scandinavia for hunting grouse and other game birds. Related to the Russian Laika, the breed originated in the eastern area of Finland. It was introduced to and pioneered in Britain in the 1,920s by the late Lady Kitty Ritson, who is responsible for the breed's nickname of Finkie. While still a favorite with hunters in Scandinavia, the Finnish Spitz is kept almost entirely as a companion and show dog elsewhere. It is appreciated as a faithful and home-loving pet that is good with children and adept at guarding. It requires plenty of exercise and daily brushing.
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