The Finnish Spitz was originally bred by hunters to find and draw the attention of game, both small and large. Its vocal and alert nature rendered it perfectly for this task – these dogs are extremely talkative and will bark at just about anything living they cast their eyes on. Holding the prestigious title as the National Dog of Finland, these dogs are considered to be fox-like in appearance – their fawn coat, medium build, and long muzzle creating this comparison. Independent and intelligent, the Finnish Spitz is known for its mischief and gluttony, often manipulating their owners into giving them extra treats.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
The Spitz is a very tolerant breed, who rather than becoming aggressive, will simply walk away if irked. This coupled with their love for children of all ages makes for the perfect family pet. Extremely lively and with energy to burn, these dogs aren't recommended for apartment dwellers, especially considering their vocal nature. With a daily requirement of between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise per day, these dogs are suited for owners that enjoy long walks as they tend to be fairly inactive when in and around the house. Early socialisation for the Spitz is essential, as failure to do this may result in a lack of social skills when interacting with other animals later in life.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy.