Finnish Spitz Dog Breed Information


Finnish Spitz Quick Facts
Finnish Spitz
Breed Group: Not Akc Recognized
Origen: Finland
Nickname: Suomenpystykorva
Weight: 44-47 lbs
Height: 16-21 inches
Color(s): Black, Sable, Tan, White, Brown, Golden; Markings of Cream, Gray, Black, White, Tan.


Finnish Spitz Appearance

The Finnish Spitz is a medium-sized, squarely built dog, with an intelligent expression. They has long been used to hunt small game and birds. The Finnish Spitz beautiful red-gold color and fox-like expression are the most important features of the breed. The body is muscular and square. They have almond shape eyes, small erect ears and a plumed tail that curls up over the back and down the side with a profuse amount of hair.

The Finnish Spitz has a double coat that consist in a short soft undercoat and a harsh straight outer coat that provides insulation from snow and cold conditions. The most common colors are Black, Sable, Tan, White, Brown, Golden; Markings of Cream, Gray, Black, White, Tan. The weight of the Finnish Spitz is around 44-47 pounds and the height is around 16-21 inches.

Finnish Spitz Temperament

The Finnish Spitz is a lively, friendly dog that enjoys being active and spending time with his family. They are alert, with a keen, intelligent expression and brisk, quick movement. The Finnish Spitz has acute hearing and makes an excellent watchdog, he is very protective of his family and will advise you of any unusual happenings. He has a special love for children and will spend countless hours romping and playing. They are also good with other dogs and pets but it could be aggressive with strangers. They Finnish Spitz are a proud barker. They were bred to bark a lot and even participate in barking contests.

Is Finnish Spitz the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Finnish Spitz will do okay in an apartment or without a yard if enough exercise is provided. This is an active and energetic breed and needs daily exercise. His need could be met on a long walk on leash, a vigorous game or a run in a fence area. The Finnish Spitz is independent, has a mind of it own and could be stubborn sometimes. They are loyal to their family but do no follow orders slavishly. Early socialization is important. This breed does not fully mature until they are about 3 to 4 years old. They could live outdoors in temperate and cold climates but he need social contact and is best when is allow to spend some time inside with its family.

Finnish Spitz Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Finnish Spitz is around 12-14 years.

Finnish Spitz Health problems

The Finnish Spitz is a relatively healthy and there are not major concerns associated with this breed, however They could be prone to CHD (Canine hip dysplasia), Elbow dysplasia, Epilepsy and Patellar Luxation.

Finnish Spitz Care and Grooming

The Finnish Spitz double coat needs brushing or combing two or three times a week; more often when shedding. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. The Finnish Spitz has a self cleaning coat and a little doggy odor. Do not over feed them as this breed could easily get overweight, and will cause health problems.

Finnish Spitz Shedding

The Finnish Spitz is a heavy shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.