Finnish Spitz

Finnish Spitz
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Finland
Group: Spitz
Height: males 16-19 in., females 14-17 in.
Weight: males 27-33 lbs., females 23-27 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: some may be dog aggressive

What is the origin of the Finnish Spitz?

When early tribes of people crossed Eurasia to Finland, they brought spitz dogs with them. Later, in the 1800s these spitz dogs interbred with other dogs until two Finnish sportsmen rescued the breed. The Finnish Spitz was first bred in the U.S. in the 1960s. This dog is mentioned in some of Finland’s national songs.

What does the Finnish Spitz look like?

The Finnish Spitz has a square body, males 16-19 inches tall and weigh 27-33 lbs., females 14-17 inches tall and weigh 23-27 lbs. The head is fox-like with a prominent stop. Lips and nose are black. Ears are small, set high, erect and pointed. The eyes are almond-shaped and black-rimmed. The plumed tail is carried forward and lies against either thigh. The coat is straight, harsh, medium length. Colors are shades of golden-red. The double coat should be brushed once or twice a week, more often when shedding.

What is the temperament of the Finnish Spitz?

Finnish Spitz are very playful and are good with children. Early socialization will help curb some aggressiveness towards other dogs. They can be stubborn and should have patient, positive obedience training. They are reserved with strangers. They are barkers which is how they held prey at bay for hunters. The finnish Spitz is an active dog and needs vigorous daily walks and a secure area to run in.

What is the Finnish Spitz used for?

In Finland this Spitz is still used as a hunting dog. Since they are barkers, they make good watchdogs. However in most countries the Finnish Spitz is a family companion.

Possible Health Issues

Epilepsy, patellar luxation, cardiac problems, achalasia (esophagus disorder that doesn’t allow food into the stomach), cleft palate, hip dysplasia, diabetes.

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