Finnish Spitz

Other name: Suomenpystykorva

Photo: adult dog of Finnish Spitz breed
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Life expectancy

The Finnish Spitz has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 15 and 18 in
Male Between 17 and 20 in

Adult weight

Female Between 15 and 22 lb
Male Between 26 and 29 lb
Coat colour
Red Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Finnish Spitz costs between £725 and £1000

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More details about the Finnish Spitz

Finnish Spitz: Origins and history

The Finnish Spitz is believed to have descended from ancient hunting dogs of Scandinavia and Lapland, eventually bred with Spitz-type dogs for the purpose of hunting small game. The breed standard was established in 1812 and is known as the Suomenpystykorva in its native Finland, where it’s still popular as both a hunting and companion dog to this day. 

FCI classification of the Finnish Spitz

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 2 : Nordic Hunting Dogs

Training a Finnish Spitz

Despite this breed’s independent temperament, it is a very cooperative dog when it is communicated with respectfully, and its needs have been met. The Finnish Spitz can be highly sensitive to harsh criticism, so the best approach is a fair yet firm voice, a gentle touch and plenty of positive reinforcement. Training sessions should be short as this breed gets bored easily. Be aware that training may take some time and patience, but it’s best to avoid scolding your dog - that’s likely to take you ten steps back.

Finnish Spitz: Purchase price

This breed will cost between £725 for Non-KC Registered dogs, and £1000 for KC-Registered dogs. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £60 to £90 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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