Finnish Spitz

Non-Sporting Group

Finnish Spitz lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 15.5-18 in, Males 17.5-20 in

Weight

Females 20-28 lbs, Males 25-33 lbs

Life Expectancy

13-15 yrs

History

The Finnish Spitz descended from specialized spitz-type dogs developed by isolated Finno-Ugrian tribes in northern Russia over 3,000 years ago. When migrants from Russia made their way to Finland, they took their spitz-type dogs with them. Most of these dogs were prized for their hunting abilities and generally were all-purpose hunters. Over time, the Finnish Spitz developed as a hunter of game birds, utilizing a strange but effective technique. The dog locates a bird and follows it until it lands in a tree, then move around and wag its tail to catch the attention of the bird. The dog then starts barking quietly and gets louder and louder so that the human hunter can sneak up undetected and shoot the bird. The Finnish Spitz almost became extinct in the late 19th century as members of the breed would interbreed with other dogs. Luckily, a Finnish sportsman from Helsinki named Hugo Roos saw the value in the pure breed and made an effort to revive it.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Finnish Spitzes will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★★★★★


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Active, friendly, and love to bark

Slow to mature and usually retain puppy attributes for about 4 years

Independent, strong-willed, and can be manipulative- firm, consistent, kind training is a must!

Very in-tune with people and are sensitive to tensions in the household

Protective of their family and make great watchdogs, but aren't aggressive