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Finnish Spitz – Dog Breeds Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 31 to 35 pounds
Height: 15 to 20 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Finnish Spitz, Dog Breed Guide your pets come first paw iconOfficial Name
Finnish Spitz
Other Name:
Finsk Spets
Loulou Finnoi
Finnish Prick-Eared Dog
Finnish Cock-Eared Dog
Finnish Barking Bird Dog your pets come first paw iconOrigin
Date – Ancient Times
Country – Finland
Family / Group – Northern, Nordic, Non-sporting, Spitz your pets come first paw iconRecognized By
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Club your pets come first paw iconHistory
Native to Finland, they are also the country’s national dog. Finnish Spitz is one of the oldest northern dog breeds with its origin dating as far back as 2,000 years ago. These spitzes were hunting dogs developed to go after large game birds called capercaillie. They were trained to forge ahead of the hunter until it finds the capercaillie, then follow the bird until it sets in a tree. The Finnish Spitz uses their tail to get the capercaillie’s attention, wagging it back and forth while barking so their hunter masters will know their location. Today, they are still widely used as hunting dogs in their native country Finland. Internationally these spitzes are fast becoming popular as companion pets. your pets come first paw iconPersonality
The fox-like and medium-sized Finnish Spitz dog breed is known to be loyal, friendly and lively. But they do not lose their cautious trait, especially in new situations, places, and people. They may look like foxes, but some find them cat-like when their behavior is concerned. They are also dogs that are independent and highly intelligent. your pets come first paw iconBred For
Hunting a Finnish bird called capercaillie. Considered to be great bird hunters. Fastly becoming a popular companion pet. your pets come first paw iconEnvironment
The Finnish Spitz can adapt to apartment living conditions. These dogs will also do just fine even without a yard. Provided that they have their exercise needs satisfied. Prefers cool climates. your pets come first paw iconGrooming
The Finnish Spitzes are dogs with a coat that requires minimal grooming attention. Like their Arctic dog breed cousins, the Finnish Spitz dogs have self-cleaning coats. They are a Northern dog breed that shed heavily. your pets come first paw iconTraining
Obedience training is possible only if trained by trainers with natural, gentle, calm authority. your pets come first paw iconHealth
Generally healthy, the Finnish Spitz may suffer obesity and minor heart problems. your pets come first paw iconExercise
The Finnish Spitz needs plenty of exercises, including daily, long walks or a jog. This dog breed makes an excellent jogging companion.