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Finland is home to a range of dog breeds, some of which are relatively unknown outside of Finland. The Finnish Lapphund, registered as a herding dog, is a popular breed among those living in Finland. It is a medium-sized dog, with a thick coat and characteristic bark. The Karelian Bear Dog is another popular breed, originally used for hunting and still used today for protection. They are very intelligent, loyal, and brave dogs. The Finnish Spitz is a national dog of Finland and is a medium sized dog with a fox-like appearance. This breed is known for its vocal bark and active nature. Other breeds found in Finland include the Finnish Hound, the Black and Tan Coonhound, and the Finnish Terrier.