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Finnish Spitz: A Foxy Dog

By Logan Reid
The Foxy Qualities of the Finnish Spitz

The origins of the Finnish Spitz all began with the
Northern Spitz, belonging to the Finno-Ugrian
tribes who traveled to Finland by way of Eurasia.
They were at first just watchdogs most likely. Then
they were found to be good to use for hunting
dogs. Then during the 1800s the Finnish Spitz was
mixed with other dogs to the point of almost
ruining the purity of the line.

Later on in the 1800s two sportsmen from Finland
found some Finnish Spitz which had not been
mixed with other breeds though. They set out to
save the endangered line of dogs. The breed has
been known under various names throughout its
early history, but when the breed first arrived in
England it was given the name of Finsk Spets.
Then during 1891 that name was changed to the
name Finnish Spitz.
During the 1960s the dogs came to the United States, it was registered into the AKC in 1988 as
part of the Non-Sporting Group. In the USA it is mainly a beloved family pet, though they are still
used in Finland as a hunting dog. Hunting is still apparent in the current breed seen today.
Owners are encouraged to play games or provide activities to utilize this.

The Finnish Spitz has a contagious friendly demeanor that often catches the attention of many
pet owners with a small family. Although this breed lures the owner’s appeal through it’s fox like
appearance this breed does have an issue with excessive barking. This breed often barks at
time of boredom or even when it senses danger. The owner is encouraged to seek professional
training sessions to calm excessive barking. The family may seek this assistance also to promote
social skills by engaging the Finnish Spitz with different breeds as well.

The high energy of this breed requires lots of attention and a common way to cure the barking is
to create a routine that uses the energy in a constructive way. Children are often able to tire
this breed out or participating in dog show competitions. Either choice, the breed often seeks
high levels of attention and is ideal for elderly and children owners.

Frequent health issues for this breed include Canine Hip Dysplasia, congenital deafness, and
progressive retinal atrophy. This breed remains fairly healthy throughout its life and requires
minimal grooming because it has a coat that practically cleans itself.  

Owners are still encouraged to seek the assistance and grooming routines that can be provided
by a professional. The proper grooming can prevent from the infestation of parasites or mites
that can cause serious health issues. Each owner is responsible for the care of their family
friend, remember you are the dog’s pet too and they will protect you as you protect or care for

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