Family: Spitz, Northern (hunting)
Area of origin: Finland
Original function: hunting birds and small mammals
Average size of male: Ht: 17.5-20, Wt: 31-36
Average size of female: Ht: 15.5-18, Wt: 23-29
Other names: suomenpystykorva, Finsk spets
Finnish Spitz Dog Temperament
Like most Spitz breeds, the Finkie is independent and somewhat stubborn, although he is more hunting oriented than other Spitz breeds. He is alert, inquisitive and playful, but is also sensitive, tending to be devoted to one person. He is a breed conscious of his place in the dominance hierarchy, and some males can try to be domineering. He is good with children, and generally good with other pets. He can be reserved, even aloof or suspicious, with strangers. In keeping with his barking heritage, the Finkie is proud of his barking ability and likes to show it off loudly!