Finnish spitz

Other names: Suomenpystykorva, Finsk Spets, Finkie, Finnish Loulou, Finnish Spitz

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The Finnish Spitz is a medium-sized dog, writable in a square (the height at the withers and the length of the body being almost equal), of construction that is at the same time dry, solid and elegant. The paces of the Finnish Spitz are characterized by free movements, full of ease and extended, his preferred gait being the gallop.

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Hair type Half-long
Origin Finland
Template Average
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 8 kg to 10 kg From 39 cm to 45 cm
Male From 12 kg to 14 kg From 44 cm to 50 cm
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History of the breed

the   Finnish Spitz is a dog that, as its name suggests, is of Finnish origin and very old . But it was not until the late 19th century that identifies the first entries in the stud book. The first standard of the Finnish Spitz was written in 1892. The one established by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) and currently in force was published on April 4, 2016. The FCI also recognized the breed definitively on August 3, 1954. Nowadays, we meets the Finnish Spitz mainly in its country of origin and in Sweden. Note that in 2006, the Finno-Karelian Laika and the Finnish Spitz became one and the same breed .

Finnish Spitz Pictures

Photo of Sissi, Finnish Spitz

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Physical features

His hair: mid-length on the body, parted, erect (except on the neck, shoulders and back), shorter and lying on the head and limbs. The outer coat is associated with a less fine, light colored and soft undercoat.
Its color: brilliant red or golden on the back, lighter on the cheeks, throat, chest, stomach and inside of the ears in particular.
Its head: ovoid, slightly domed. The frontal furrow is superficial, the superciliary arches and the occipital protuberance not very visible, the stop not very pronounced, the nose relatively small and black, the muzzle quite narrow, the muzzle straight, the lips tight, thin and well pigmented, the jaws strong and articulated in a tight chisel, the zygomatic arches little developed.
His ears: well erect, small in size, set high, ending in points and very lively.
His eyes: almond-shaped, medium in size, obliquely arranged, ideally dark in color, displaying a look full of liveliness.
His body: well proportioned, robust and harmonious. The neck is muscular, the withers well marked, the back short and straight, the croup moderately long and well developed, the chest long and down to the elbows, the ribs slightly arched and the underline slightly raised.
Its tail: curved forward and along the back, of medium length (reaching the hock).

Behavior and character

Affectionate
Calm
Protective
Independent
Hunter
Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Finnish Spitz is a lively, intrepid and rather independent dog. When hunting, he shows determination and enthusiasm . He works on a wide variety of game, ranging from feathered animals to waterfowl, including small pests and elk. At home, the Finnish Spitz is attached to its owner and displays a natural distrust of strangers, but it is never aggressive .

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Education

Clever
Obedient

Like most Spitz-type dogs, the Finnish Spitz can be somewhat stubborn at times . It therefore requires a firm education , but without any form of brutality . His intelligence , his enthusiasm for the task and his attachment to his master are assets to be exploited in his learning .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Finnish spitz   must be able to benefit from sufficient space and freedom of movement . A house with a large fenced garden would therefore suit him perfectly.

Health

Solid
Ease of gaining weight

The Finnish Spitz is a rustic, robust and resistant dog . He enjoys solid health and does not fear cold or bad weather thanks to his double and supplied hair. There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed

No

Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Patella dislocation
Minor concerns
Cataract
Epilepsy
Glaucoma

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Finnish Spitz dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Finnish Spitz is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Finnish Spitz is subject to 2 moults per year usually occurring in autumn and spring , and during which hair loss can be significant . For the rest, its maintenance remains basic and not very restrictive .

It is recommended to brush the dog twice a week . During the moults, brushing must become daily to ensure effective removal of dead hair. It can be bathed from time to time, when it is really necessary.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Mini
800 €
Maxi
1500 €

The purchase price of a Finnish Spitz is between € 800 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost

Mini
€ 300
Maxi
500 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Finnish Spitz is between € 300 and € 500.

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Food

The Finnish Spitz is not difficult. Although he may be satisfied with industrial dog food, it is necessary to ensure that he is getting all the nutrients he needs . His quality food, to be divided into 2 meals per day , must be adapted to his level of exercise, his size and his age.

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Physical activity

Athletic
Energy level
Potential to play

The Finnish Spitz needs long and frequent outings , especially in the forest and various other natural environments where it can fully express itself. He also enjoys hunting sessions.

Competitions

Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club

Others

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FCI Information

FCI No.

49

FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954

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