Finnish Spitz (in Finnish: Suomenpystykorva) is a breed of dogs belonging to both types Spitz and Hound. It originates from the lands of present-day Finland. As a hunter, it indicates where the prey is by a typical barking. This is the way it has earned the nickname "barking pointer." Used mostly for hunting animals and birds, hiding in the trees, like squirrels and grouse, he can also chase elk and deer. In its homeland the breed still serves as a hunting dog but is very friendly and loves children, so in some other countries it has become a preferred pet. In 1979 the Finnish Spitz was named the national dog breed of Finland. For the first time it has been registered in the AKC in 1991.
The body is almost square, the muzzle is pointed. The teeth are strong and the jaws form a scissor bite. The eyes are medium large, oblique, oval, brown colored. The ears are small, pointed and erect up. The back is straight and muscular with pronounced withers. The chest is deep. The front legs are straight and parallel placed and the rear - with well defined angulation, muscled. The paws are oval, the tail is profusely feathered and carried wrapped in a circle over the back. The fur is thick and downy. The coloration is golden yellow with reddish shades. White markings on chest, feet and tail are allowed.
The weight of the Finnish Spitz is as follows: female representative - from 9 to 11 kg, male - from 11 to 15 kg. The height of the males is 43 cm to 50 cm and the females - from 38 to 45 cm.
Character and behavior
Extremely independent and sometimes reserved, the Finnish Spitz is a breed that has a strong spirit and is very agile. These dogs love to play and stimulating their activity is a very important part of their growing. The Finnish Spitz can often create a special bond with a certain family member, but basically is a dog that loves the company of people and like to attend family activities. It is a sensitive breed, so you should make sure that it is raised in an environment full of love and understanding. This dog possesses a strong memory, independent character and is a loyal companion.
Training and education
This breed is exceptionally intelligent, so they learn very quickly, which makes their dressage pretty easy. When they show their independent and sometimes stubborn character, the owners should be confident and solid. The Finnish Spitz is suitable both for people who have experience in breeding dogs and for those without.
The average life expectancy of the breed is about 13-15 years. There are few health problems that need your attention, such as cataracts, Hip dysplasia and problems with the kneecap. Before choosing your future friend, you must be sure that the parents of puppies for sale have certificates CERF and OFA.
Grooming and care
Maintenance requirements for the Finnish Spitz are relatively low, although his hair falls almost all year round. You should comb the fur once a week and a little more often during the period when the hair falls plenty. This breed is not suitable for people suffering from allergies.
Children and other pets
The Finnish Spitz gets along pretty well with most animals. Some dogs may become aggressive towards other dogs of the same sex and may pursue small animals such as birds and rodents. Restrained and conservative personality mean, of course, that in most cases these dogs are reserved towards strangers. Although they are independent, they can be very loyal and devoted to their families and especially gentle with children.
The most used nickname for the breed is "Finkie."
In his homeland the hunting ability of this dog is so valued that not a single Spitz may participate in local championships without proving her/his hunting qualities. The Finnish Spitz has a rare and distinctive bark. There are even contests in Finland to select the "King of the Barkers."
Some representatives of the breed have a foot fetish! They could lick your toes every time they have the chance and for as long as you let them.