Finnish Spitz

Dog Description

The Finnish Spitz or Finsk Spets is the national dog of Finland. He is an independent, reserved, cautious and sometimes aloof breed. As he was bred to be a hunter he needs to be kept in a secure fenced yard or he may go off on a hunting expedition. Sensitive and strong minded he is loyal to his human family and loves being with children

Dog Size:
18
Female Height:
15 - 20 inches
Male Weight
31 - 34 lbs
Female Weight:
31 - 34 lbs
Colours:
Reddish-brown, red gold on back, preferably bright; lighter shades permissible on the underside
Dog Coat Type:
Short and close on head and front of legs, longer on body and back of legs
Temperament:
Lively, vocal
With Children:
Yes, delightful with children
With Pets:
Yes
Special Skills:
Hunting dog for birds and family pet
Watchdog:
High
Guarddog:
Low
Care Info:
His double coat should be brush once or twice a week, more when shedding. He does not have a doggy odor and should only be bathed when necessary. Enjoys short daily walks, but loves the outdoors and the ability to run free
Training Info:
Requires patience and understanding when training as he had the tendency to be stubborn. Need to be trained not to bark incessantly
Activity:
High
Learning Rate:
High
Living Environment Info:
Does the best in the country but will adapt to city or apartment living if sufficient exercise is given. Owners should desire an indepdent dog
Health Issues Info:
Hip dysplasia, luxating patellas and weal elbows
Life Span:
12 - 14 Years
Litter Size:
3 - 6
Origin:
Finland
History Info:
Once used as to hunt bear and elk by the Finns, he was called the Finnish Hunting Dog as well as the Barking Bird Dog. Now he is used to hunt grouse and other game birds. Related to the Russian Laika, the breed originated in the eastern area of Finland
Role:
non-sporting

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