The Finnish Spitz has a life expectancy of 13 to15 years.
The national dog of Finland, the Finnish Spitz is believed to have descended from a spitz-type dog brought from Central Russia several thousand years ago. The Russian dogs cross bred with other European spitz-type dogs that had also been transported to Finland. The Finnish Spitz eventually emerged in the far northern region part of the country where the breed was highly treasured as a hunting dog. The Finnish Spitz is a “barking hunting dog” known for their ability to grab a hunter’s attention with their voice.
The Finnish Spitz weighs 20 to 35 pounds and measures 15.5 to 20 inches.
The Finnish Spitz has a golden-red double coat consisting of a short, soft undercoat and long, harsh topcoat. The coat sheds moderately most of the year and more heavily with the change of seasons in the spring and fall. During their heavy shedding seasons, the Finnish Spitz should be brushed three to four times a week, otherwise once a week is sufficient. The Finnish Spitz should also be bathed when dirty.
Like all dogs, the Finnish Spitz needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Finnish Spitz is lively and friendly.
The Finnish Spitz has a deep affection for their family and craves interaction, but is not an overly loving lap dog. The Finnish Spitz prefers to play and has a slightly mischievous side. They like to be busy and active, and will seek out entertainment if not provided for them.
The Finnish Spitz is highly people-oriented and especially enjoys romping around with children. With new people, the Finnish Spitz can be somewhat wary, but tends to warm up over time. The Finnish Spitz can make a good watchdog with their keen senses and alert demeanor, but is not aggressive.
The Finnish Spitz is intelligent, but independent. The Finnish Spitz would rather do their own thing, but can be trained with clear boundaries, patience and lots of positive reinforcement. They are especially sensitive to harsh correction.
The Finnish Spitz is a frequent barker. They need more than training than most breeds to learn when to use their voice.
The Finnish Spitz likes activity and is quite agile and athletic. If not used for hunting, the Finnish Spitz needs some type of outlet for vigorous exercise. The Finnish Spitz should have a long daily walk at the very least, but can make an even better hiking or jogging partner. The Finnish Spitz should also have regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play.