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.
Also Known As: Finks Spets, Suomenpystykorva
Group: Northern Breed
Category: Companion Dog
The Finnish Spitz is an active dog that will require several play sessions or walks per day.
Your Finnish Spitz needs brushed several times per week in order to look its best.
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.
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.
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.