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Finnish Spitz

 

Finnish Spitz

 

Description

The Finnish Spitz was originally brought from the Volga River Area of Central Russia to what is now Finland by hunting tribes about 2000 years ago where they were used as watchdogs and they later developed into hunting dogs.  They are now the National dog of Finland and are widely known throughout the Scandinavian Countries because of its great hunting abilities.

 

Temperament

This playful little rascal is renowned as a hunting dog but is also very alert, lively, brave and friendly making a great companion for family members of all ages in particular the elderly and children.  They are slow maturing, need to be socialized well as a young puppy and generally good with other pets. Patience, understanding and consistency will be required for obedience training. Sometimes suspicious of strangers; barking can develop into a problem if not trained properly.

 

Appearance

Height:   35-51cm (15-20in)

Weight:  14-16kg (31-35lb)

Group: Hounds

Being very fox-like with its pointed muzzle, perked, erect ears and glorious golden-red to honey-colored double coat, the Finnish Spitz has dark almond eyes and a nose and lips which are black.  This dog has round cat-like feet and a plumed tail which curls up over the back and down the side.  With a thick double coat consisting of erect, medium-length hair and a thick under-layer of straight hair.

 

Grooming

The Finnish Spitz is double coated, will require regular grooming every couple of days and heavily sheds its coat twice a year and should be groomed daily during shedding.  These dogs are very clean and have a self-cleaning coat with very little doggy odor due to not having an oily coat. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local  dog grooming salon provides these services.

 

Life Expectancy

12-15 Years

 

Health Concerns

A very healthy breed, they have no major health concerns. Always try to feed quality dog food to ensure a healthy happy dog.

 

Suitability

The Finnish Spitz being relatively inactive indoors and preferring cooler climates will live quite happily in an apartment without a yard as long as it gets plenty of exercise. This will include daily, lengthy walks or a jog as they make excellent jogging companions, but because of their hunting instincts ensure that they are always kept on the lead, only leaving them off in safe areas.  As long as this dog is exercised regularly at the end of the day it will be content just to curl up and lay at your feet at night.

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