Finnish Spitz

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Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Finland
AKC Group:Non-Sporting Group
UKC Group:Northern Breed
Use today:Hunting
Life Span:12 to 14 years
Color:Various shades of red from pale honey to deep auburn.
Coat:Short, soft and dense.
Grooming:Brush weekly.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:17.5 to 20 inches at the shoulder
Weight:Proportionate to height

When most people see a Finnish Spitz for the first time, they comment that it looks just like a fox. The dog's solid red-gold coat shading from pale honey to deep auburn is largely responsible for this comparison, as is the breed's characteristic spitz appearance: broad skull, pointed muzzle, prick ears, dense double coat and bushy tail. The Finnish Spitz is the national dog of Finland, where it was used as a natural bark pointer for hunting small game and game birds. The breed is of medium size, rugged enough for an outdoor sporting companion but small enough to be a house pet. A lively companion, the Finnish Spitz is a faithful dog that loves children and is an excellent watchdog. While extremely intelligent, this dog is often self-willed, so training should focus on rewarding desirable behavior rather than punishing undesirable acts. The Finnish Spitz stands no more than 20 inches at the shoulder. Its coat sheds moderately and needs a weekly brush-out.


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