Thinking about purchasing an Finnish Spitz? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Finnish Spitz breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Finnish Spitz owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Finnish Spitz and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Finnish Spitz Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Finnish Spitz and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Finnish Spitz Profile
The Finnish Spitz, or Finsk Spets, is the national dog of Finland. They are an independent, reserved, cautious and sometimes aloof breed. This does not, however, overshadow their friendly and loyal nature towards their family. As they were bred to be hunters, they need to be kept in a secure fenced yard or else they may go off on a hunting expedition. Finnish Spitzes are sensitive and strong minded, but also loyal to their human family. They especially love being with children. They are intelligent, sturdy, and easy to care for. They have often been described as "catlike" in cleanliness. They have a happy temperament, and are still used today for hunting in Finland. Finnish Spitz have been described as showing "devotion and self-sacrificing faithfulness." They are said to be courageous and selfless, but at the same time demand reward at a job well done. They do very well under poor circumstances with their owner, but alone in a kennel they become depressed and unhealthy. Finnish Spitz are largely used for hunting birds, especially the capercaillie, a large bird of Finland. They are a small to medium sized dog, making up for size with their loud bark. They are reddish brown and gold in color, and have prick ears that are a trademark of the Spitz. Their tails curl over their backs, touching the outer thigh of one side. A favorite hunting dog of the Finns, the Finnish Spitz is very popular as a companion in other countries.
Other Names: Suomenpystykorva (Finnish cock-eared dog), Finsk Spets, Loulou Finnois, "Finkie" (England), Finnish Barking Bird Dog
Type: Northern Breed
14.5 - 20 inches. Females: 14.5 - 17 inches; Males: 16 - 19 inches.
red gold on back, preferably bright; lighter shades permissible on the underside.
Puppies are born brown in color.
Spitz are lively, vocal, and energetic. They are active dogs, loving to run
free from a leash. They have a recognizable personality, satisfied with their
owners and dissatisfied when left alone. They can become depressed and unusable
when left to a kennel. Finnish Spitz are intelligent, obedient, but stubborn
at times. They love to play with children, and sometimes outsmart their masters.
They are affectionate and self-willed. They are loyal and friendly to their
family, but cautious of new situations. They have been described as catlike
in their cleanliness.
Watch-dog: High. Spitz are
alert and bark at anything unusual.
Finnish Spitz Care and Exercise:
The Finnish Spitz double coat should be brushed once or twice
a week, more when shedding. Shedding occurs twice a year. They do not have a
doggy odor and should only be bathed when necessary. Enjoys short daily walks,
but loves the outdoors and the ability to run free.
Finnish Spitz Health Issues: Typically a very healthy breed, they are sometimes prone to hip & elbow dysplasia, luxating patellas, obesity, epilepsy and heart problems.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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