Posts Tagged ‘Finnish spitz’


This is a Karelo-Finnish laika, which some think is the same thing as the Finnish spitz.

It probably is.

In Russia, parts of Eastern Europe, and Finland, the dog used to retrieve shot waterfowl was almost always a dog like this one.

It was only when “improved” retrieving breeds from Western Europe became popular that they began to use those instead.



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Is this a Finnish spitz?

Do they come in liver?

If not, what kind of dog is this?

It’s a hunting spitz or laika-type dog. One that is used to hunt capercaillie in Scandinavia.

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That Nordic Dog

Ch Toveri Arvokas owned by Mrs Joan Bateman. Photo credit by Saanse.

This dog is a Finnish spitz.

It is a technically a bird dog. The dogs are famous for flushing grouse and capercaillie into trees,and barking like mad to alert hunters to their location.

However, it can be used in the same fashion as the elkhounds of Norway and Sweden, the bear dog of Karelia, and the hunting laikas of Russia. These dogs can be used to hunt moose (elk) and bears.

As I have mentioned before, Norwegian elkhounds are used to hunt all sorts of things in West Virginia.  They can flush grouse and tree squirrels. In some areas, they have a very good reputation as all around hunting dogs.

It is from this analogy that I understand what this breed’s original purpose was.

I have no clue as to whether Finnish spitzes are related to the elkhounds, but they do share some traits.  One of these is the very strong selection for barking.

In fact, I can see some similarities in build between this breed and the black Norwegian elkhound, which contrary to some comments on this blog is a different breed from the gray. There are black gray elkhounds, but when I am talking about the black elkhound, I’m talking about the more slightly built and shorter-haired breed.

I’d like to know if anyone has looked into the history of this breed as a part of the elkhound family. I do know that red coloration sometimes pops up in gray Norwegian elkhounds, but they are sabled with black masks.

If anyone has any info here, I’d greatly appreciate it.

Maybe I’m incorrectly classifying here, but I think I’m onto something.

And no, please don’t give me FCI classifications.

Give me hard historical data.

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