Birgit ”Gitta” Ringwall (1924–2015) got her start with dogs in her childhood home, when Ringwall’s mother bought a car and the deal included four wire fox terrier puppies and their mother. This marked the beginning of a lifelong career with dogs.
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 illustrates the history of Finland’s canine culture and native dog breeds.
The museum’s unique collection consist of articles, photographs, videos and 360 pictures. Themed web
exhibitions give you a chance to explore interesting topics more comprehensively.
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Finnish Canine Museum collects historical information and artefacts especially related to Finnish canine culture and our five native breeds – the Finnish Spitz, the Finnish Hound, the Karelian Bear Dog, the Lapponian Herder and the Finnish Lapponian Dog.