The early origins of the Suomenpystykorva or Finnish Spitz are thought to have started thousands of years ago when the Finno-Ugrian people living in Central Russia are known to have had Spitz-type dogs. When some of these people gradually moved westwards, their dogs mingled with the old European Spitz-type and these are thought to be the earliest ancestors of the modern breed. At the beginning of the Christian era one part of this original tribe, the proto-Finnic tribe, moved ever deeper into Finland where they settled to live with their dogs. These dogs living in the backwoods villages rarely came into contact with the dogs of other regions and so remained quite pure and developed in accordance with the hunter's requirements.
Medium sized dog with easily maintained typical Spitz double coat no trimming or bathing required, just daily combing when the undercoat is being shed. No doggy odour.
They are good with children, but can be very vocal and difficult but not impossible to train, they are affectionate, sensitive and like many hounds, can have a strong instinct to follow their nose!
Used in Finland and other Scandinavian countries as a barking bird dog to point game birds.
With an average lifespan of 12 years, the breed is generally quite robust, with only isolated instances of cataracts, luxating patella and epilepsy being recorded.