The national dog of Finland, the Finnish Spitz, is by far the oldest of all the Finnish breeds. It was bred directly from the native landrace dog population without crossbreeding, and it has followed the Finnish people since ancient times.
The Finnish Canine Museum's online exhibitions combine items and stories related to same topic. First exhibition is about Finnish Spitz, our national breed.
Our native dog breeds are an important part of Finnish cultural history. By genotype, the Finnish Lapphund and the Lapponian Herder are not as distant and unchanged as the world’s most primitive breeds, such as the Australian Dingo or the African Basenji. Nevertheless, the roots of the native Finnish breeds are far back in the tides of history.