Finnish Spitz Breed

General Information

Dog Name: Finnish Spitz

Dog breed Group: Sporting dogs

Size Category: Small dog breeds

Height: Ranges from one foot, three inches to one foot, eight inches (measured form the shoulder).

Weight: Ranges from 20 to 35 pounds.

Lifespan: Ranges from 12 to 15 years.

Brief History

At first glance, it would be easy to underestimate the petite Finnish Spitz, but in truth these dogs are skilled hunters, taking down everything from squirrels to bears. As European clans travelled across the continent thousands of years ago, the purebred Finnish Spitz was crossed with breed after breed in an attempt to alter its skills to suit the geography of each new area. By 1880 the breed was approaching extinction, until Hugo Roos (a pioneer in this breed) took the initiative to travel across Scandinavia, finding purebreeds and salvaging the Finnish Spitz. In the twentieth century the breed was brought to the USA and UK, where it remains today as a sturdy worker and companion.

Dog Breed Characteristics

A. Protection Ability

Constantly alert, the Finnish Spitz is a decent watch dog that can bark up to 160 times a minute. Its distinctive yodelling bark is enough to scare away any intruder.

B. Ease of Training

The Finnish Spitz is fiercely independent and become easily bored with repetitive training sessions. The best approach to use with this breed is one of calm assertiveness and strong (but not harsh) leadership. Make no mistakes: dog training is a challenge with this breed.

C. Playfulness

This active little dog is highly affectionate and attached to the people they love. They have lots of energy and love nothing more than playing with their owners, especially young children.

D. Exercise needs

The Finnish Spitz is strong willed and needs lots of exercise each day. This breed isn’t recommended for people who work long days or live in apartments, as the breed can be very demanding. Without sufficient daily exercise the Finnish Spitz will resort to digging, hunting, or its trademark barking.

E. Adaptability

With its separation anxiety, high energy, persistent barking and resistance to training, this breed can certainly be a challenge! The Finnish Spitz is best suited to an enthusiastic, patient owner.

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