A typical spitz breed, distinctly fox like in appearance.
The History Of The Finnish Spitz
Also known as the Finsk Spets and the Barking Bird Dog. They originated in Finland
during the 19th century.
This is one of the oldest of European dog breeds, which accompanied Finnish hunters on their expeditions. This is primarily a bird dog which differs from other spitz dogs which hunt larger game. When it finds birds, it points at them and barks loudly and rapidly. It has been known to bark at over 160 barks per minute in competition.
Description Of The Finnish Spitz
Its pointed muzzle, perked ears and red to honey colored double coat lends to the fox like impression. The nose and lips are black with dark almond shaped eyes. The pointed ears are erect and face forwards. Teeth should have a scissors bite. The plumed tail curls up over the back and down the side.
The breed averages 15 - 20 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 31 - 35 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
In common with most other Arctic dogs coat is self cleaning coat and does not have a doggie odor. Regular grooming with brush and comb is required to remove dead hair. They are seasonally heavy shedders.
Renowned as a hunting dog and makes a great companion for family members of all ages. Patience is required for obedience training.
They are playful, friendly and very protective. Some males can try to assert dominance, particularly among other male dogs. Reserved but tolerant with strangers.
All in all, a great family pet.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span is around 12 - 15 years.
Reported health problems are: Generally a very healthy breed.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
Will survive in an apartment without a yard but needs plenty of exercise. Makes a great jogging companion. Fairly inactive indoors and intolerant of hot weather.
For More Information on the Finnish Spitz
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An adorable, cuddly puppy, that make great family pets. Love to run and play but are definitely not lap dogs. Somewhat aloof and reserved.
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