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The Finnish Spitz is the national dog of Finland. The history of spitz-type dogs can be traced back several thousand years. As various tribes migrated to different areas, they bred their dogs according to need, thus developing separate strains. One clan made its way to the far northern regions where, the Finnish Spitz emerged as a pure breed and an invaluable asset to the hunter. Advanced methods of transportation brought diverse populations and their dogs together and the original Finnish Spitz were mated with other breeds, until by 1880 they were nearly extinct. About that time, two sportsmen from Helsinki observed the pure native dogs, realized their many virtues, and returned home with superior specimens in an effort to salvage the bred. One of the pioneers bred them for over 30 years and the other launched an impressive rescue campaign.

The Finnish Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1892. The first known Finnish Spitz imported to the United States arrived in 1959. The Finnish Spitz Club of America was founded in 1975 and on January 1, 1988, the breed became eligible to compete and was assigned to the Non-Sporting Group. They had competed in the Miscellaneous Classes since November 1983.

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