Finnish SpitzThe Finnish Spitz is also known as: Finsk Spets, Suomenpystykorva
|Group classification: Non-Sporting||Country of origin: Finland||Date of origin: Antiquity|
|Weight (M): 31 - 36 lb||Height (M): 17 - 20"||Life expectancy: 12 - 14 years|
|Weight (F): 23 - 29 lb||Height (F): 15 - 18"|
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General Description of the Finnish Spitz
With its red coat and kind face the Finnish Spitz is a uniquely beautiful breed. Originally used to hunt small game and birds the Finnish Spitz is a well-balanced medium sized dog. Square in build they are about as long as they are tall with an energetic trotting gait that can swiftly change into a run when pursuing prey. A coat of varying shades of red, small triangular ears that are held erect, a pointy muzzle, and almond shaped dark eye give this breed the fox-like appearance it is known for. This is a double-coated breed with a soft dense undercoat and longer harsh guard hairs. The tail curls over the back forming a dense plume. Both the coat and tail indicate that this is a member of the Spitz family.
Finnish Spitz Temperament
The Finnish Spitz breed standard calls for this dog to have a lively keen expression that reflects its personality. The Finnish Spitz is active, alert and intelligent, but it can also be rather stubborn and independent. Easily bored by repetition, these dogs need fun, fast training sessions, and owners should understand that this breed will never be as biddable as a lab. They were bred to bark constantly while on the hunt and modern day dogs remain highly vocal, making them excellent watchdogs. However the Finnish Spitz needs to be taught to stop barking on command or this habit will swiftly become annoying. These dogs can make good pets, but due to their vocality and independent nature, they are not for everyone.
Caring for a Finnish Spitz
The thick double coat that characterizes northern breeds will rarely need to be washed. However, a good brushing once a week to remove dead hair will help keep the coat in top condition. Despite their thick coat these dogs can handle a surprisingly wide variety of weather conditions. The Finnish Spitz is an active breed and must be allowed to burn off its energy. Otherwise, the dog will find its own outlets, which usually involve destroying its owner’s home. The Finnish Spitz is a great pet for active people who want a dog they can run or hike with. Hereditary illness is virtually unknown in the Finnish Spitz, and only rarely will one see health problems such as canine hip dysplasia, epilepsy and patellar luxation.
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