A Finnish Spitz is a national dog of Finland. It is brave hunting dog with a love for children.
There are top 10 interesting facts about Finnish Spitz!
1) Breed History
This is the National Dog of Finland. Several thousand years ago in Central Russia, Spitz-type progenitor dogs such as the Russian Laika likely served as the primary gene pool. Due to outcrossing, by the year 1880 The Finnish Spitz dogs were nearly extinct. The final breed standard was drawn up in 1897 (final American standard, 1976). The first specimens arrived in England in 1927, and were exported to the USA in 1959. AKC accepted the Finnish Spitz for registry in the late 1980s.
Finnish Spitz are extremely vocal dogs, quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. If you have close neighbors, Finnish Spitz are not a good choice for you. For the same reason, these dogs should never be left outside in your yard, unsupervised. To make matters worse, many Finnish Spitz have rapid, high-pitched barks that can set your teeth on edge.
3) Need for Excercise
Finnish Spitz don't need miles of running, but they definitely need regular opportunities to vent their energy by romping and playing in a large enclosed area, like a dog park. Otherwise they will become bored, which they usually express by barking and destructive chewing.
The Finnish Spitz is a medium sized dog who resembles a fox in appearance. They have pointed muzzles, prick ears and come in bright colors ranging from pale honey to vibrant golden-red. The nose, lips and rims of the eyes are black in color. The ears sit high atop the head, are erect, pointed and open towards the front of the dog. Their feet are round, like the feet of a cat and the tail is plumed and curls over the back and down the side of the dog. The AKC standard sums up the appearance of the breed by stating, “The Finnish Spitz whole being shows liveliness, which is especially evident in the eyes, ears and tail.”
5) Mind of his Own
Finnish Spitz can be stubborn and manipulative. Many Finnish Spitz are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
The Finnish Spitz Dog Breed has a personality and temperament that is intelligent and affectionate. The Finnish Spitz needs plenty of activities and exercise or they will become restless and bored. This breed also requires consistent socialization and training, or they can try to establish their place as the alpha dog in the home.
7) Love for Digging
The Finnish Spitz breed of dog is extremely fond of digging into surfaces they find soft and tempting. This holds mostly true for household gardens and flowerbeds. Owners who are fond of their precious plantations must take the Finnish Spitz puppy to a groomer and have their nails cut at least once a month.
8) Heavy Shedding
Finnish Spitz shed a lot. Be prepared for lots of brushing to get the dead hair out, and vacuuming!
9) The Novel Hunter
The Finnish Spitz has its own unique way of hunting and also being a hunter's guide. These dogs generally begin by ranging ahead of the hunter until it finds its quarry and follow it until the bird settles in a tree. Using backward and forward movements, the dog then distracts the prey's attention, helping the hunter move closer to the bird.
10) Other Names
It is also interesting to know that Finnish Spitz is known by a series of other names, all in different languages. There are some other name for Finnish Spitz - Suomen Pystykorva, Finsk Spets, Spitz Finnico, Spitz Finlandes, Finse Spits, Finnenspitz.