Spitz-type breeds have existed for thousands of years with varying purposes from companionship to hard outdoor work. Originating in Finland, the Finnish Spitz was developed to hunt small game birds, squirrels, and even large game such as elk and bear. These excellent hunters would bark to alert the hunter of the animal's location, earning them the name "bark pointer" for their impressive ability to bark 160 times per minute. The Finnish Spitz, nicknamed Finkie or Finn, became the national dog of Finland in 1979 and are called the Suomenpystykorva in their homeland. Even though they are used primarily as a hunting dog in their native Finland, Finkies are mainly seen as house companions in most other countries.
Finkies are recognized by their bright golden-red fur and endearing fox-like appearance. Like any other spitz, they have a soft and dense undercoat with a long topcoat that is more profuse at the shoulders. The Finnish Spitz has almond-shaped eyes that are dark in color, giving them an alert expression when paired with their small erect ears. The thick tail of this Nordic breed forms a curl that falls over the lower back.
The Finnish Spitz may look a little wild due to their fox-like appearance but they are quite loving and gentle at heart. There is a reason why they earned the recognition of being the national dog of Finland and are commonly seen as companions. Finkies are good-natured, tolerant of children, and a wonderful family addition. Their hunting instincts make them a good watchdog and will alert you to anything out of the oridinary. Remember, the Finnish Spitz was bred to bark and that is just what they will do. They are a very vocal breed and in Finland, contests are held to award a special dog the title of "King Barker." With proper training and positive reinforcement, this intelligent breed can be quite responsive, especially when trying to curb those barking habits! Because they were developed as a hunter, the Finnish Spitz is highly active and will be just fine if they have plenty of outlets for their energy. Finkies may be a bit noisy but they are incredibly friendly and can get along with almost anyone they come in contact with.