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Finnish Spitz



This northern breed, with its foxy features and astuteness, is also known for its agility, aptitude for hard work, and skills as a hunter. The Finnish Spitz is the national dog of Finland and was developed to hunt birds and small game. They lead the hunter to the game with their shrill barks and yelps while pointing to the quarry with their head and muzzle. The Finnish Spitz was nearly lost to cross-breeding in the late 1800s but was recovered by two sportsmen from Helsinki who recognized their native dog’s value as a hunter and national treasure. This is a social and energetic breed that enjoys spending time with its family and is good with children but is naturally aloof around new people. They require moderate exercise and their lustrous golden-red double coat will need regular brushing and bathing.

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Finnish Spitz


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