The Finnish Spitz has a striking red coat and is the national dog of Finland. The fox-like Finnish Spitz is part of the hound group.
The breed comes in just 2 colours that include:
The Finnish Spitz was specifically bred to hunt birds, small game, vermin and even bears by ‘bark pointing’ to indicate the position of its prey.
The Finnish Spitz was bred from Russian Spitz type dogs to create the dog we know today. This fox-like dog is also known as the Finnish Hunting dog or the Finnish Spets.
Height bitch 38-51cms
Height dog 38-51cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 14-16kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 14-16kgs
The Finnish Spitz requires at least an hour of exercise daily. This thick coated dog does struggle in hot weather.
The Finnish Spitz is a lively, alert and friendly dog. It does need training from an early age,as it can try and compete for dominance over its owner, which can result in unwanted behaviour and over protectiveness. It is wary of strangers, and can show aggression with other dogs. It is not compatible with other smaller family pets due to its inherited hunting nature, but may accept cats if socialised well from an early age.
It is generally good with children, but owners should be aware of the protective nature of the breed and always supervise children around dogs. The Finnish Spitz is quite a vocal dog, which many owners may find difficult.
No.The Finnish Spitz is ideally suited to an experienced handler with a good understanding of this unique and fascinating dog.
Medium length. The thick coat stands away from the body, and the tail has longer hair and gently curls over the back. Males have a thicker ruff around the shoulders.
High. Like all Artic dogs, the Finnish Spitz has a self cleaning coat, making grooming after walking in wet and muddy conditions much easier. The bred does shed heavily throughout the year and dead fur should be brushed away gently with a soft slicker brush. The Spitz prefers cooler conditions and does struggle with the heat in the summer months.
No. This breed sheds throughout the year making it an unsuitable choice for allergy sufferers.
The Finnish Spitz is a hardy and healthy dog, but the following known health issues have been noted in the breed and prospective new owners should consult their breeder:
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy Finnish Spitz should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-15 years.
No current puppy price is available as litters remain quite rare. In fact, there were only 14 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. Register your interest with an assured breeder so they can inform you of upcoming litters. There are generally around 4-6 puppies in an average litter.
A bitch or dog weighing 15kgs requires 237gms of complete dry food daily.
A bitch or dog weighing 15kgs requires will cost around £5.80 per week to feed.
Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the hound group.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: