Routine Care: Finnish Spitzes are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. They have a high prey drive, so they need to be leash-walked and a sturdy fence is a must.
Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Finnish Spitzes generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Finnish Spitzes are playful companions that enjoy children. They need a lot of exercise, but are sensitive, loyal, and protective of their families.
Protective of family: good watch dog
Alert, curious, and busy
Playful and energetic
Good with children
Loving and loyal to their owners
Lively, with a friendly personality
Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog
Sensitive by nature, a bit slow to mature
Barks or chews when bored
Can be independent and strong-willed
Likes to dig
Suspicious of strangers
Whether you are considering adding a new Finnish Spitz to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Finnish Spitz will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Finnish Spitz you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Finnish Spitz could encounter:
The Finnish Spitz originated in Finland and is an ancient hunting breed known for its foxlike appearance. They are the national dog of Finland and are affectionately called “barking bird dogs.” They are skilled hunters that will tree their prey, then use their bark to alert hunters. The Finnish Spitz is a highly intelligent dog that balances a strong will and independence with family loyalty. They are a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12 - 15 years.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Finnish Spitz shows signs of the following:
- Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss
- Gums that are a color other than bright pink
- Cloudiness to eye lens
- Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
- Dilated pupils in daylight, or increase "eye shine" at night
- General reluctance to run or play
- Skin sores, shifting leg lameness
- Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
- Shortness of breath, cough, or fainting
- Woolly coat, growth abnormalities
- Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds
- Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain