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Finnish Spitz

 

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.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginFinland
Breed groupNon-Sporting
Average lifespan13-15 years
SizeMedium
Bark factorI love to talk!
AKC Ranking141
FamilySpitz, northern
Date of originAncient times
Original function Hunting birds
Today's functionHunting
Average size of maleHeight: 17.5-20 Weight: 31-36
Average size of femaleHeight: 15.5-18 Weight: 23-29

 

Other nameNone
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Moderately affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangersShy
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability High
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.

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