The Finnish Spitz (or “Finkies” as their fans call them) probably got their start as watchdogs and camp followers of the indigenous peoples of what is now Finland. In fact, they're the nation's official dog.
This fearless breed loves to hunt and makes a devoted and friendly companion to its chosen person.
Originally from Finland, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 20-33 pounds and lives an average of 13-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Non-Sporting group.
|Breed's original pastime||Hunting|
|Average lifespan||13-15 years|
|Bark factor||I love to talk!|
|Date of origin||Ancient times|
|Original function||Hunting birds|
|Average size of male||Height: 17.5-20 Weight: 31-36|
|Average size of female||Height: 15.5-18 Weight: 23-29|
|Energy level||Medium energy|
|Affection level||Moderately affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Shy|
|Ease of training||Moderately easy to train|
|Protection ability||Not very protective|
|Grooming needs||Moderate maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||High tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Low tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A FINNISH SPITZ'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
The Finnish Spitz is playful, intelligent, affectionate, and alert. They've often been described as brave and boisterous. They often like supervised kids and usually get along well with other pets but will need socialization to get along with other dogs. Finkies can be suspicious of strangers.
WHAT IS FINNISH SPITZ BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Finnish Spitzes are fast and nimble. These are athletic, active dogs who will need vigorous daily exercise and will happily explore the great outdoors for hours.
They are very vigilant and somewhat protective. Finnish Spitzes are prone to barking. In fact, this breed competes for the title of “King Barker” in Finland!
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A FINNISH SPITZ?
This breed is somewhat easy to train. Finnish Spitzes are independent-minded and can be stubborn. They're also sensitive, however, and tend to bond closely with one person. They respond well to positive reinforcement like food, praise, and play rewards.
A bored Finkie can become loud and destructive, so be sure your furry friend is getting enough exercise and mental stimulation. This breed excels in rally, agility, obedience, and flyball.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO FINNISH SPITZES SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Finnish Spitzes' medium-length double-coat is dense. Its undercoat is soft and short and overlaid by a straight, harsh outer coat.
Finnish Spitzes don't need much in the way of grooming. Their coats aren't oily, so this breed doesn't smell very doggy. Brush your Finkie a few times a week to keep it looking its best. They are seasonal shedders; meaning twice a year your pup will shed somewhat heavily.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO FINNISH SPITZES HAVE?
Generally a robust breed, some Finkies have been known to develop eye ailments or hip dysplasia.