Finnish Spitz

Finnish Spitz

The Finnish Spitz looks as much like a fox as it does a dog. These compact little guys pack quite a punch and have been around Northern Europe for thousands of years.

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Male: 17.5-20in

Female: 15.5-18in


Male: 26-30lb

Female: 16-22lb

Fun Fact

The Finnish Spitz is the national dog of Finland

About this Breed

The Finnish Spitz is a foxy-looking fellow with boundless energy. The breed can be affectionately called Finkies for short. The spitz-type dog can be traced back thousands of years ago to Northern Europe and Russia. Finkies were nearly extinct by the 1880’s because of interbreeding, but have since recovered. They were bred as “bark pointers” to identify wild game, while also serving as a distraction so the hunter’s movements would go unnoticed.

The Finnish Spitz has a thick double coat, so they shed quite a lot. They are great with people, but can weary of strangers at first. Finkies are very vocal and can make excellent guard dogs.

Finnish Spitzes on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Finnish Spitz ancestry.

  • Mika






Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Adonis
  2. Hank
  3. Sakari
  4. Ukko

For Females

  1. Helmi
  2. JWC Nikki
  3. Kaori
  4. Lempi
  5. Lucy
  6. Mettokumpareen Metku
  7. Mika
  8. Millie
  9. Stevie
  10. Tofu

Common Locations

  1. Oregon, United States
  2. Suomi
  3. Minnesota, United States
  4. Québec, Canada
  5. New York, United States
  6. North Carolina, United States
  7. Kentucky, United States
  8. New Zealand
  9. Mississippi, United States

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