When Finnish Spitz puppies are born, their coat is primarily black! The black gradually fades, althoug traces may remain on their tails until they are two years old.
Long time ago Squirrel fur was used as currency in Finland. So a Finnish Spitz who would be very good at pointing squirrel was at this time a valuable hunting companion and was of course preferred into breeding program.
Finnish Spitz have been used and trained for generations mainly for squirrel hunting.
No wonder why, even today, our Finnish Spitz goes mad when they find one.
In Finland the hunting ability of the dog is so valued that no Finnish Spitz may earn a conformation championship without proving first his hunting ability.
In Finland official barking competitions are held to find the ''King of the Barkers''. The dog holding a bird in a tree by barking for the longest is the grand winner!