FINNISH SPITZ DOG

With its pointy muzzle fox face, raised ears and a bright reddish color – the Finnish Spitz is known for its characteristic image and typical bark.          
The Finnish Spitz, similar to a fox, sports a bright reddish color, pointy muzzle, small raised ears, Nordic thick coat and curled plume tail. A symmetrical, square and natural body is extremely important. The ideal height for the male is 44 to 50 cm; 5 cm less for the female. The head is refined and clean cut; the eyes are almond shaped with black eyelids; the ears are high inserted; the skull flat between the ears; pronounced stop; black lips. Strong and balanced hindquarters, slightly separated to ease light, lively movement. The coat is double, the external hair long and rough with protective straight hair, pants at the hindquarters; longer hair at the neck and back; the undercoat is soft and dense. The color is lively and light, varying in tonalities from pale honey to deep reddish brown. 
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
The Finnish Spitz has the glorious thick coat and curled tail of its Nordic cousins. In Finland it is still a talented hunter, sometimes called the Bird Barking Dog.   
Always alert and vocal, the Finnish Spitz has a lot to tell its owner, who often will be surprised of the perception this small dog has about its environments. Typical in Nordic breeds, the Finnish Spitz is very happy and knows more than its trainer (at least that’s what it thinks). It can be hard to educate, since it can naturally resist advise, and corrections. If training is fun from its point of view, it learns with the speed of a fifth grade child. Keep its yodeling under control, since the neighbors will complain.  The owner should be patient and understanding of the breed’s quick wit and character. It should be a happy and domestic animal, who loves to run and play. The Finnish Spitz is very adaptable, and it is a good choice for a family wanting to adopt an adult dog.
 
DEVELOPMENT
A warning: the puppies are smart and kind. 
 
After eight weeks, the Finnish Spitz should weigh between 3.5 and 4,5 kg. It reaches it maximum height at about a year; however, it continues maturing and completing until the second or third year. Upon birth, the puppies are very dark; after eight weeks they are a “packing paper” brown, that will turn red after a year. The ears should be raised as a puppy. The Finnish Spitz puppy needs abundant socialization and human contact. The possible buyer should choose a kind and happy puppy. The well bred adolescent will show an extroverted puppy; however, breeders warn that the breed is prone to be reserved.
 
HEALTH
Due to a limited breeding base (and relative breed novelty in English speaking countries), there are no statistics. However, a breeder tells that his veterinarian breeders in Finland have said that “if there were no other dogs but Finnish Spitz in Finland, veterinarians would starve, since the Spitz is very healthy and almost never needs to go to the veterinarian”. However, the possible buyer should demand a sanitary guarantee from the breeder, and check the eyes, hips, thyroids, etc. Breeders don’t talk about a specific type of diet, although the owner should follow the guideline indicated by the breeder, especially during the first year. The Finnish Spitz sheds only twice per year, when brushing is mandatory. It doesn’t lose hair the rest of the year. The hair needs to be dried after the bath, to avoid possible claps.
 
The puppy might seem tall on its legs, since it can reach it maximum height one or two years before maturity. Always seek good temperament, more than the physical balance in the puppy. 
The Finnish Spitz is “packing paper” Brown for a year; observe the intensity of the mother’s coat, to see the reddish fox tonality your puppy will have.