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 flagFinland
Other Names
What other names does the Finnish Spitz have?
Finnish Hunting DogFinnish SpetsFinsk SpetsLoulou FinoisSuomalainen PystykorvaSuomenpystykorvaBarking Bird Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Finnish Spitz Price and Availability

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? How much money is a Finnish Spitz?
$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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Finnish Spitz? How many Finnish Spitz are there in the world?
Frequent: The Finnish Spitz is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Finnish Spitz Size

Size
Is a Finnish Spitz small, medium or large dog?

How big do Finnish Spitz get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Finnish Spitz weigh? How much should the Finnish Spitz breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Finnish Spitz?
31-35 pounds (14-16 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Finnish Spitz?
33 pounds (15 kg)
Height
How tall is the Finnish Spitz? Finnish Spitz height:
15-20 inches (38-51 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Finnish Spitz?
17.5 inches (44.5 cm)

Finnish Spitz Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Finnish Spitz have? What does this canine coat/fur 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 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 Finnish Hunting Dog?
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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Finnish Spitz need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Finnish Spitz every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Finnish Spitz Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Finnish Spitz have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
HappyIntelligentPlayfulIndependentLoyalVocal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Finnish Spitz? Is the Finnish Spitz breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Finnish Spitz ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

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 by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Finnish Spitz a good family dog?
High: 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 are considered 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 Finnish Hunting 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? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Finnish Hunting Dog bark?
A lot: Finnish Spitz is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Watchdog Ability
Is Finnish Spitz good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Finnish Spitzs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Finnish Spitz dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
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 its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Finnish Spitz bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Finnish Hunting 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Finnish Spitz has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Finnish Spitz? How much bite force does a Finnish Spitz have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Finnish Spitz bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Finnish Spitz, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

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 explore or wander a lot? Does Finnish Spitz roam?
The 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?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Finnish Spitz breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Finnish Spitz indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Finnish Spitzs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Finnish Spitz be 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.

Finnish Spitz Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Finnish Spitz temperament with other people:
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
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.
Child Friendly
Are Finnish Spitz dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Finnish Spitz temperament with 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the Finnish Spitz breed live with a cat?
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?
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Finnish Spitz breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Finnish Spitz breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Finnish Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Finnish Spitzs good office dogs? Do Finnish Spitzs make good office friendly dogs? Can Finnish Spitzs be office 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 Finnish Hunting Dog temperament with senior people? Are Finnish Spitz dogs good for elderly owners?
Finnish Spitzs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Finnish Spitz Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Finnish Spitz dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Finnish Spitzs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Finnish Spitz breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Finnish Spitz breed? Most common health risks of Finnish Spitz:
EpilepsyEye ProblemsJoint Problems
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Finnish Spitz breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Finnish Spitz see the vet?
Rare
The Finnish Spitz should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Finnish Spitz dogs live? How old can a Finnish Spitz be? What is the age limit of the Finnish Spitz? How many years can the oldest Finnish Spitz live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Finnish Spitz?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Finnish Spitz: 13 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? What is the activity level of the Finnish Spitz?
Finnish Spitzs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Finnish Spitz 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 the Finnish Spitz breed 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.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Finnish Spitz need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Finnish Spitz breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Finnish Spitz? How much food should I feed my Finnish Spitz?
2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Finnish Spitz can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
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 of a 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 minimum 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.

Finnish Spitz As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Finnish Spitz be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Finnish Spitz be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Finnish Spitz is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Finnish Spitz dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Finnish Spitz Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Finnish Spitz pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Finnish Spitz breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Finnish Spitz breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Finnish Spitz have? How many puppies can a Finnish Spitz give birth to?
3-6 puppies

Finnish Spitz Recognition

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 ClubAustralian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubFederation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel Club

Finnish Spitz Pros and Cons

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 of a 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: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Finnish Spitz breed.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The 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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Finnish Spitz Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Nia

    Feb 25, 2022, 6:40:11 AM:

    I LOE THE FINISH SPITZ