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Finnish Spitz Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Finnish Spitz so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginFinland
Other Names
What other names does the Finnish Spitz have? The dog breed also known as...
Barking Bird Dog, Finnish Hunting Dog, Finnish Spets, Finsk Spets, Loulou Finois, Suomalainen Pystykorva, Suomenpystykorva
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Finnish Spitz recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Finnish Spitz recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Finnish Spitz breed?
American Kennel ClubFederation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainAustralian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Finnish Spitz puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Finnish Spitz price:
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Finnish Spitz, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Finnish Spitz for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Finnish Spitz gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Finnish Spitz size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Finnish Spitz weigh? Finnish Spitz weight:
31-35 pounds (14-16 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Finnish Spitz? Finnish Spitz average weight:
33 pounds (15 kg)
Height
How tall is the Finnish Spitz? Finnish Spitz height:
15-20 inches (38-51 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Finnish Spitz average height:
17.5 inches (44.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Finnish Spitz have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseThickDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Finnish Spitz's coat?
RedGold
Grooming
How to groom the Finnish Spitz and how often?
Average: The Finnish Spitz requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Finnish Spitz, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Finnish Spitz dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Barking Bird Dog? Finnish Spitz shedding level:
Finnish Spitzs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Finnish Spitz have? What characteristics does the breed have?
HappyIntelligentPlayfulIndependentLoyalVocal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Finnish Spitz? Are they intelligent?
Average: Finnish Spitz's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Finnish Spitz dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Finnish Spitzs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Finnish Spitz is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Finnish Spitz sensitivity:
Finnish Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Finnish Spitzs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Barking Bird Dog need? Finnish Spitz social needs:
Finnish Spitzs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Finnish Spitz dogs bark a lot? Why does my Finnish Hunting Dog bark?
High: The Finnish Spitz is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Finnish Spitz good as a watchdog?
Finnish Spitzs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Finnish Spitz dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Finnish Spitzs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Finnish Spitz bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Barking Bird Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Finnish Spitz? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Finnish Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Finnish Spitz do?
Finnish Spitzs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Finnish Spitzs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Finnish Spitz to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Finnish Spitz roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Finnish Spitz is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Finnish Spitz have high prey drive?
Finnish Spitzs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Finnish Spitz good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Finnish Spitzs are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Finnish Spitzs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Finnish Spitzs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Finnish Spitz dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Finnish Spitz dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Finnish Spitz and children:
Finnish Spitzs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Finnish Spitz dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Finnish Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Finnish Spitz good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Finnish Spitz dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Finnish Spitzs good office dogs? Do Finnish Spitzs make good office friendly dogs? Can Finnish Spitzs be ofiice dogs?
Yes
Finnish Spitz is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Finnish Spitz dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Barking Bird Dog temperament with senior people? Are Finnish Spitz dogs good for elderly owners?
Finnish Spitzs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Finnish Spitz dogs get along with other pets? Are Finnish Spitz dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Finnish Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Finnish Spitz breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Finnish Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Finnish Spitz be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Finnish Spitz is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Finnish Spitz be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Finnish Spitz is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Finnish Spitz be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Finnish Spitz is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Finnish Spitz be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Finnish Spitz is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Finnish Spitz be a boat dog?
Not really
Finnish Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Finnish Spitz be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Finnish Spitz is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Finnish Spitz dogs have health problems?
Finnish Spitzs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Finnish Spitz breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Finnish Spitz breed? Health risks of Finnish Spitz:
EpilepsyEye ProblemsJoint Problems
Life Expectancy
How long do Finnish Spitz dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Finnish Spitz be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Finnish Spitz breed hypoallergenic?
No
Finnish Spitzs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Finnish Spitz have?
Finnish Spitzs are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Finnish Spitz dogs require per day?
Finnish Spitzs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Finnish Spitzs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Finnish Spitz need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Finnish Spitz risk for obesity:
Average. The Finnish Spitz has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Finnish Spitz's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Finnish Spitz can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Finnish Spitz has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Finnish Spitz drool?
The Finnish Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Finnish Spitz could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Finnish Spitz. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Finnish Spitz puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Finnish Spitz: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Finnish Spitz have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Finnish Spitz have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Finnish Spitz

Pros
  • Trainability: Finnish Spitzs are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Finnish Spitzs are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The Finnish Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Child Friendly: Finnish Spitzs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Finnish Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Finnish Spitz is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Finnish Spitzs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Finnish Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Finnish Spitzs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Finnish Spitzs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Finnish Spitz is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Finnish Spitzs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

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