Breed of the Month–Finnish Spitz

3October 2011

Finnish Spitz

Color:  Shades:  reddish brown, golden red, white markings
Height:  Males:  17-20 inches/  Females:  15.5-18 inches
Weight:  Males:  26.5-35 lbs/  Females:  31-35 lbs
Life Span:  12-15 years

Breed Health Concerns:  None reported

Coat:  Double coat.  Dense, soft, short undercoat/ long, straight, harsh outercoat.
Country of Origin:  Finland

Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.

Hunting tribes traveling across Russia brought these ancient dogs with them 1000s of years ago.  Originally used for tracking elks and bears, the Finnish Spitz is now primarily used for hunting game birds.  Known as the “barking bird dog” of Finland.

The Finnish Spitz is playful and will actively seek interaction and attention from his family.  The Finnish Spitz is protective of his family and must be socialized early and often to keep him from being reserved with strangers.

The Finnish Spitz does not do well in heat, but needs regular outdoor exercise.  He is athletic and needs plenty of play time and long daily walks.

The Finnish Spitz sheds seasonally and needs regular brushing.

The Finnish Spitz was bred to be an independent thinker and great patience must be taken during training.  Remember to stay calm and use motivational but short training sessions.