|Group:||Hounds (Group 4)|
|Club:||Hound Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 4)|
|Contact:||Mrs Susan Santoro|
|Phone:||0423 663 609|
Background The Finnish Spitz is the national dog of Finland. It is used as a hunting dog for treeing ground fowl and squirrels. The Finnish Spitz chase and tree their prey, and use their plumed tail to mesmerize their catch by waving the tail back and forth. They give off a distinctive bark to alert their hunter to their location. This is how they earned their title "the barking bird dog of Finland". So important is the barking to his work in hunting game birds that the highest award in Finland available to this breed is that of "King of the Barkers", which can be won by a single Finnish Spitz each year, although thousands compete by entry in a series of field-trial barking contests.
Average Lifespan The average lifespan is between 10 to 14 years.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Finnish Spitz dogs are intelligent with minds of their own. Their outstanding characteristics are eagerness to hunt, complete fidelity and courage. Their relationship with man is based on partnership – not ownership. They are too proud, independent and self-assured for that and quite capable, if necessary, of fending for themselves. The Finnish Spitz personality is initially aloof, but they want to be close to their family. This is not a dog that should be thrown out into the yard without much human contact. The Finnish Spitz needs to be properly socialised with humans at an early age. They do very well with children and will tend to remove themselves from rough play instead of showing aggression. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. As puppies, socialisation can be difficult because they generally will have more interest in doing other things rather than playing with their human mates. Once they have bonded with their family, they will provide years of loyal companionship. They can provide many hours of energetic antics for themselves and their families. Without proper training, the Finnish Spitz instinctive bark can lead to problem barking.
Compatibility with other pets The Finnish Spitz loves to be a companion to other dog breeds but introductions must be made correctly.
Care Requirements This dog’s whole being shows liveliness. He enjoys outdoor exercise and requires no less than a daily walk to keep him in condition. A thorough weekly brushing is necessary to keep the soft undercoat free of mats.
Ideal Owner/s If you could be happy with a dog that has a mind of its own and will do things for you because it respects and even loves you, but not because you gave a command, then remember the Finnish Spitz. You could find the partnership richly rewarding. Courageous, faithful and a born hunter, the Finnish Spitz has the manners of a true gentleman. Reported to be especially good with children, he makes an ideal family pet and companion as well as a superior watchdog.
Please take note If your requirements of a dog include instant and unquestionable obedience, a Finnish Spitz is not for you.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Finnish Spitz and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.