Finnish Spitz

Life expectancy

13 years

Age adult

20 months

Height (Shoulder height)

45 cm


10 kg

Coat texture

medium length / undercoat / dense / trouser like

Coat color

red-brown, gold-brown

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / sensitive to heat

Food expenses per month in €

about € 33

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


alert / bold / lively / prone to barking / independent / stubborn

Bred for

bear hunt / black grouse and wood grouse / moose hunt

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / sensitive to heat

Dog type according to FCI

spitz and primitive types

FCI description

Many dogs of this group were kept as guard, hat, hunt, or sled dogs. They are considered to be very strong-willed and often less affectionate than other breeds. Many have a pronounced territorial consciousness and get along with same-sex conspecifics less well. They are often not easy to educate and only participate in things they consider useful.

So if you want a cuddly family dog that does every trick, you wont be happy here. Generally many of these dogs, like Chow Chow, Aktita and Co. are rather one-man dogs, i.e. related to one person and do not bind themselves to the whole family. Spitze in particular tend very much to loud utterances.

Short description

The Finnish Spitz develops despite his stubbornness a close connection to his family. He is shy around strangers. Due to his independence during hunting, he is notvery obedient and likes to bark. Finnish Spitz do not like warmer temperatures, terefore it is better to have a hose with a big garden where he can cool off and run around as he pleases.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.