Finnish Spitz Dogs

Some Spitz dogs can be reserved and independent. Not the Finnish Spitz. Outgoing, playful and affectionate, the Finnish Spitz appreciates togetherness and family time. In fact, it can be downright giddy around people. However, the Finnish can be slightly reserved around strangers.

Finnish Spitz

Finnish Spitz Pictures

  • Finnish Spitz dog named Morgan
  • Finnish Spitz dog named Zoya
  • Finnish Spitz dog named Precious
  • Finnish Spitz dog named Makea
  • Finnish Spitz dog named ~..::: lily :::..~
  • Finnish Spitz dog named Hayley
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Quick Facts

  • 27 – 33 pounds | male
    20 – 27 pounds | female
  • 16 - 19 inches | male
    14.5 - 17 inches | female

Ideal Human Companions

    • Active singles
    • Outdoorsy types
    • Families with older children

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Trademark Traits

    • Lively
    • Outgoing
    • Vocal
    • Protective
    • Puppy-like

What They Are Like to Live With

The Finnish Spitz was bred to bark. After centuries of existence, it still knows how to make some noise. This doesn’t usually present a problem unless the Finnish Spitz is left alone for long periods of time. It makes a superb watchdog.

Things You Should Know

The Finnish Spitz can live as long as 15 years with relatively few genetic health problems. It is fairly easy to groom, needing just a good brushing several times a week to prevent matting. The Finnish Spitz needs daily exercise. If you’re a dedicated jogger, they’ll match your pace.

Finnish Spitz History

Spitz-type dogs have been living, working and playing in Europe for more than 6,000 years. As these canines spread across the continent, different types of Spitz dogs developed for each region’s specific needs. The Finnish Spitz, which is the national dog of Finland, was bred to be a dependable hunter, a dedicated watchdog and a family friend.

The Look of a Finnish Spitz

Medium-sized, sturdy and fluffy with a slightly rounded, wedge-shaped head, straight muzzle and pointy ears, the Finnish Spitz has a fox-like appearance. It has dark eyes with an alert and lively expression. Its coat is rough, profuse and puffy, while its feathered tail curls over the back. The Finnish Spitz usually comes in brown, honey and reddish-orange shades. Overall, the Finnish Spitz has a bold but pleasant look.

Talk About Finnish Spitzs 

A dog that can yodel

I grew up with several Finnish Spitzes, and they are very lovable, active dogs. If you're thinking about owning one, be prepared to take them on long walks at least twice a day. On these walks they will actually hunt -- ours caught birds, rats, squirrels, and rabbits.

They also bark and yodel a lot -- they are one of the few breeds that can do this -- so if you have neighbors who might not like this, this is probably not the dog for you.

~Roz M., owner of a Finnish Spitz