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Finnish Spitz

Size: Small / Medium

Weight: 25 - 35 lbs.

Height: 15" - 20"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Not suited for apartment dwellers. Breed-related health problems: epilepsy; autoimmune skin diseases.

Origin: Finland

Also Known As: Finks Spets, Suomenpystykorva

Group: Northern Breed

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Finnish Spitz is an active dog that will require several play sessions or walks per day.

Grooming Needs

Your Finnish Spitz needs brushed several times per week in order to look its best.

Temperament

The Finnish Spitz is an active, sociable, and lively dog that performs well in obedience classes. The breed tends to be vocal, it's not well-suited for apartment living due to the tendency to bark when left alone. The Spitz is a dependent breed that needs human interaction to feel satisfied. It does not thrive when left alone for long periods of time. Overall, this is an eager to please breed.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.

History

The Finnish Spitz originated in the 1800s in Finland, where it was bred as a hunting dog. Almost extinct due to inbreeding at one point during its history, the Finnish Spitz is now valued as both a pet and a hunting dog.

Pet Facts

The Finnish Spitz is the national dog of Finland. Reputed to hypnotize the birds with its bark, the Spitz is often used to hunt birds.