The Finnish Canine Museum is now online


The Finnish Kennel Club launched the first canine museum in Finland on 29 May. The Finnish Canine Museum is operating currently online, and as such, is open for everyone around the clock. The online museum introduces different themes with web exhibitions. The first exhibition focuses on the National Breed of Finland, the Finnish Spitz.

The Finnish Canine Museum collects, preserves and displays items related to the Finnish canine culture and native breeds. The collection consists of items received as gift, donation or purchase. The online museum displays the most interesting items from the Canine Museum collection and will expand when new items are digitalized.

The Finnish Spitz exhibition consists of pictures and articles that introduce the oldest of the native Finnish dog breeds. The breed has a strong bond with the national culture and its importance to Finns is portrayed in the Finnish folklore. The Finnish Spitz is also an important theme in the history of the Finnish Kennel Club, since it has been pictured in the emblems and the Club's illustrations from the very beginning.

The museum introduces pictures of paintings and medals as well as old photographs from the 19th century onwards. The Canine Museum uses various presentation techniques including 360 pictures.

– The museum brings together the old and the new: we want to emphasize interactivity. We are eagerly encouraging visitors to share their memories and knowledge of the old times. The stories behind the pictures are the most important treasure, points out Eeva Anttinen, the Chairman of the Finnish Kennel Club’s museum working group.