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The Finnish Spitz, sociable and cheerful dog

A long muzzle, small pointed ears, a plume tail... Physically, the Finnish Spitz or Finkie does not differ from other Spitz type dogs. It is a great hunting dog, but can also be sociable and cheerful if used as a pet.

Characteristics of the Finnish Spitz


Also known as the Finnish Loulou or Finkie, the Finnish Spitz has a square-shaped body with a lean, solid build and a supple gait. The dog also looks like an agile sportsman at first sight. It measures between 39 and 49 cm and weighs between 10 and 13 kg depending on its sex and weight. The Finnish Spitz is noted for its resemblance to the fox. A particularity that he shares with almost all Spitz. The dog has an ovoid head that is wide at the ears and tapers to a dry, narrow muzzle. It has small triangular ears with pointed tips, just like the fox. The eyes are dark in color and medium in size. The Finkie can also be distinguished by its medium to long, semi-erect or upright coat. The coat can be red, gold, red gold, yellow red or brown. The standard accepts the presence of white stripes on the feet or chest.

History of the Finnish Spitz breed


Until now, it has been difficult to determine the exact origins of the Finnish Spitz. Coming from Finland as its title announces, this breed would have landed in the country 2000 years ago. It would have been used initially in the hunting of game birds and waterfowl and even in the hunting of bear and elk. The first standard was established around 1892 in Finland before the animal was considered a "national dog" in the country in 1979. The Finkie is not only famous in its native land, but also in Sweden. In France, the first breedings date back to 1968.

Living conditions and behavior of the Finnish Spitz


The Finkie has exceptional hunting abilities, which is why it is so successful. It is tenacious, has a piercing sight without speaking about its incredible flair. He is known to be the king of barking and masters a variety of sounds. He can also be a watchdog, as he is brave, alert and has an instinct for danger. At home, he is appreciated for his fidelity, his affection, his joy of living and his sociability. The cohabitation with the children is possible. However, this dog needs an early education combining balance and softness, because it is a very sensitive animal.

Diet and main health problems of the Finnish Spitz


The Finnish Spitz is in principle a robust animal. However, it is advisable to buy the dog from specialized breeders to avoid possible hereditary diseases such as knee and elbow joint problems and hip dysplasia. As for food, it should only be compatible with its physical activity and age.