The Finnish Spitz is a playful, loyal, brave, strong-willed, friendly breed. They take a while (3 to 4 years) to fully mature, so you might be looking at rearing a full-grown puppy for a while. They are also exceptionally aware of their place on the totem-pole, and if the lines between alpha and omega become muddled, the Finnish Spitz might become overly protective and become domineering or aggressive. They are generally great with their family, but have tendencies to be standoffish with strangers. Lastly, as a hunting dog, they are bred to alert the hunter as to the location of game, making them a very vocal breed; a trait which is difficult to break..