Like most cold-weather breeds, Finkies are heavy seasonal shedders; generally, a low-maintenance coat.
A lively, friendly dog, the Finnish Spitz enjoys being active and spending time with his family. He is good-natured and enjoys children, although may be initially cautious with strangers. The breed requires moderate exercise and his thick double coat sheds and will need regular brushing and bathing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Finnish Spitz is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
This is a very clean breed that requires basic nail and dental care, routine brushing and only infrequent bathing. Their thick double coat sheds and during semiannual shedding seasons they will need more regular brushing and bathing. Their strong nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their prick ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Spitzes are still popular hunting dogs in Finland, but everywhere else they’re more likely to be playful house pets, upbeat canine athletes, and eye-catching show dogs. Known for their loyalty and bravery, Finkies are protective of their beloved humans and make excellent watchdogs, wary but not shy with strangers. This is a vocal breed—in Finland, owners hold contests to crown a “King Barker”—and true Finkie lovers are more delighted than annoyed by their breed’s famous yodeling. Finkies are smart, sensitive, captivating companions.
Finnish Spitz &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Finnish Spitz are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Finnish Spitz can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.