Friendly, playful, home-loving and loyal, the Finnish spitz is not considered aggressive, but tends to bark at anything especially outside. It also is best suited for a cooler climate.
Like other dogs of the spitz breeds, the Finnish spitz has an erect tail that curls over on the back, thick fur around the neck, and a sturdy, square stance.
The Finnish spitz is about 15 to 20 inches tall and weighs 30 to 35 pounds (14 to 16 kilograms). The breed's life span is an estimated 12 to 15 years.
Like most spitz breeds, the Finkie is independent and somewhat stubborn, although it is more hunting oriented than other spitz breeds. It is alert, inquisitive and playful, but it is also sensitive, tending to be devoted to one person.
It is a breed conscious of its place in the dominance hierarchy, and some males can try to be domineering. It is good with children, and generally good with other pets, but it can be aggressive to strange dogs. It is reserved, even aloof or suspicious, with strangers. In keeping with its barking heritage, the Finkie is proud of its barking ability and likes to show it off — loudly!
The dog is loyal to his family, playful, and yet patient with children, and is generally good with other pets.
The Finnish spitz is leery of people he does not know and will guard by barking if a stranger comes around, but he is not considered an aggressive dog.
This dog needs plenty of exercise and probably is best suited to living in places where he can run. A Finnish spitz will do well in an apartment if he has a family devoted to providing daily exercise either in a good-sized yard or with long walks or jogs.
Fanciers of this breed say patience is required for obedience training.
The Finnish Spitz 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.