Finnish Spitz

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 3in - 1ft 8in
Weight: 20-35lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years

Behavior

  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount1/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone2/5
  • Exercise Need5/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance5/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly1/5

Finnish Spitz Information

Finnish SpitzNo, it’s not a fox, although it sure does look like one. The Finnish Spitz hails from Finland, as the name implies, and boasts a dense bright-red coat, curled up tail and expressive, cute face that might be mistaken for a fox at first glance.

The history of the Spitz can be traced back thousands of years, and today it is the national dog of Finland. For those who are lucky enough to have such a pup in their home, they’ll find the breed is lively, friendly and very active. This is a type of dog who needs a fenced in yard and lots of exercise! He does great with children and other pets and is a good-natured, faithful member of the household.

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Breed FAQs

Can Finnish Spitzs be apartment dogs?

Finnish Spitzs don't do very well in apartments. It's recommended to look at another breed better suited to apartment-living.

Can Finnish Spitzs be left alone?

Finnish Spitzs don't like being left alone for too long. They tend to show some symptoms of seperation anxiety when left apart from their owners for long periods of time.

Are Finnish Spitzs good with kids?

Finnish Spitzs do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Finnish Spitzs friendly with strangers?

Typically, Finnish Spitzs are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Finnish Spitzs get along with other dogs?

Although Finnish Spitzs will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Finnish Spitzs bark a lot?

Finnish Spitzs don't bark very often of may never bark. Most barking is trained or in extreme situations.

Do Finnish Spitzs shed a lot?

Finnish Spitzs shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Finnish Spitzs need a lot of grooming?

Finnish Spitzs don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Finnish Spitzs need a lot of exercise?

Expect Finnish Spitzs to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Finnish Spitzs easy to train?

Although Finnish Spitzs can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Finnish Spitzs handle cold weather?

If you live in a cold climate, Finnish Spitzs will do extremely well and may even enjoy being outside in the chilly weather.

Can Finnish Spitzs handle hot weather?

Although Finnish Spitzs can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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