Dog Breed Group: Companion Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 11-15, Female: 9-12.5
Height: Male: 17-20, Female: 15-18
Origin of Name: The Finnish Spitz is a breed of dog originating in Finland.
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In its native land, Finland's most popular dog breed is called Suomanpistekorva. In kind, it is known as the Finnish Spitz in English-speaking countries.
It is believed that some 3,000 years ago when migrants from central Russia now came to Finland, they brought Spitz-type dogs with them. These pioneers of modern Finns were employed as all-purpose hunters for centuries. Over time, they began to specialize in Gamebirds.
Finkies or fins have a unique bird-style. His sharp nose leads him to a breed of sparrows. They then enchant the bird with their slow-tail wagging and distinctive ""yodeling"" or rapid-fire barking (they can get 160 barks in a minute). Laughing tail also serves another purpose - to allow the hunter to see the dog through the dense forest. This freezes the game until the rifle-toting human arrives to finish the job. Birds also roam the trees.
By the late 1800s, these hardy norsmen faced extinction. Thanks to the promotional blitz, Finky was brought back from near anonymity, commissioned by two of the breed's zealous Finnish Hugo Roos and Hugo Sandberg. By the turn of the century, the Finnish Spitz was recognized by the Finnish Kennel Club.
England received its first exports in the 1920s. An early British devotee, Lady Kitty Ritson, used the nickname ""Finky"", as some English-speaking fans still refer to the breed. He arrived in the US around 1960 and began competing in the AKC Non-Sporting Group in 1988.