dogs were originally known as the Suomenpystrykorva (the Finnish Cock-Eared Dog ) and the Finnish Barking Birddogs. About 2000 years ago they were brought from the Volga River Area of Central Russia to what is now Finland, and are considered the National dog of Finland, and are mentioned in several patriotic songs. They were used to hunt small game. When the dog would find their pray they would alert the hunter with their distinctive yodel type, ringing bark pointing with their head in the direction the animal was in. The breed is more popular in Scandinavian countries.
The dogs were bred for hunting small game such as fowl, pheasants, and rabbits,
The Popularity of the breed has declined in the United States and was listed as rare in A.K.C. registrations statistics but is still increasing.
They are considered to be good watch dogs.
They have been used as care dogs, therapy dogs, and are currently being used for rehabilitation and deaf dogs in the United States.
They weigh in at 55 to 65 pounds and have a height of 15 to 20 inches, The dog is split in two separate varieties the Finnish Spitz and the Samoyed.
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The Finnish Spitz has a lovable, playful, and affectionate temperament. They are very good with children and other pets.
They are very athletic and bold and love to run, and are really good at fetching things. They require daily brushing and ear cleaning but are low-shedding. Regular grooming is recommended. They can be a good apartment dog, except for the fact that they love to run a lot and they need exercise. They tend to be reserved toward strangers but will become good friends easily with those that they know. They are good with other dogs and non-canine pets, especially if well socialized while still young. They are good at learning tricks.
The Finnish Spitz is a relatively healthy breed, although some dogs are prone to epilepsy and hip dysplasia. The breed is also known to be at risk for certain skin and eye conditions as well as thyroid dysplasia, freer stomach, and allergies. The breed is very brave, high-spirited, and active. They are known to be highly obedient and loyal.
These dogs make fabulous working dogs and love to please. They thrive on a challenge and do well in competitive obedience and herding. They are also popular as a companion dog, taking the "best lap" dogs. They love to relax in the lap of an attentive companion.