At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 25 - 35 lbs.

Height: 15" - 20"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Finnish Spitz

Also know as: Finks Spets, Suomenpystykorva

Group: Non-sporting

Origin: Finland

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

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

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

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


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