Finnish Spitz
(AKC Non-Sporting Group)
Finnish Spitz

With his pointed muzzle, prick ears, and glorious golden-red-to-honey-colored double coat, the Finnish Spitz looks quite a bit like a fox. The body has square proportions, with the height at the withers approximately equal to the dog's length. The nose and lips are black and the eyes are dark and almond-shaped. The erect, pointed ears are set high, and open toward the front of the dog. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The topline is level from the withers to the croup and the deep chest reaches to the elbows. The feet are round and catlike. The plumed tail forms a single curl up over the back and down the side. Puppies start off with many black hairs, which decrease as they get older.


The Finnish Spitz was brought from the Volga River area of Central Russia to what is now Finland by hunting tribes about 2,000 years ago. The national dog of Finland, the Finnish Spitz is mentioned in several Finnish patriotic songs. The breed is now widely known throughout the Scandinavian countries. It was first recognized by the AKC in 1987. The Finnish Spitz is renowned as a hunting dog, and also makes a great companion for family members of all ages, especially children and older adults. The Finnish Spitz is a people's dog.

Key Facts:



Brave, friendly, lively, and alert. A playful rascal. Somewhat aloof, but enjoys and demands affection and attention. Patience is required for obedience training. Very protective.