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.
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.
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 it is left alone for long periods of time. It makes a superb watchdog.
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.
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.