Finnish Spitz

Finkie's are small dogs with the heart of a lion! They have a muscular and square frame with a fox-like face and golden, almost flame coloured coats. They are fearless dogs that move with grace and a boldness unusual for their small frame. Their tail curls up and around with a large amount of hair and their almond and black rimmed almond eyes are expressive and deep.

Other Names
Finkie, Barking Bird Dog
Country of Origin
Finland
Colour
Coat colours are flame or golden red, red brown tinges or honey tones though can include some small white markings. Puppies tend to be born in a darker colour and will lighten to reddish-gold as they age, giving them their lion and fox-like colourings.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
On average dogs stand at 46 - 51cms at the withers and weigh 15 -16 kgs, bitches average at height is 38 - 43 cms from the withers and weigh 15 - 16gs.
Health
The Finnish Spitz tends to be healthy and has one of the lowest frequencies of any breed of hip dysplasia and PRA, especially given how active they are!
Life Span
12 -15 years
Intelligence
The Finnish Spitzis an intelligent dog but becomes bored quickly so it's important to train them in short and sharp sessions to hold their attention. They are athletic and fairly eager to learn and so tend to do well in agility and fly-ball competitions.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

The Finnish Spitz do not seem to suffer from any digestive problems and will happily eat any type of dog food.

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
After the normal costs for caring for you puppy, remember that there will be the occasional requirement for trimming.
Excercise
The Finkie is an athletic and energetic dog that needs plenty of exercise. Daily walks or a long jog and some time running off the lead are recommended, they love to be your jogging or cycling companion!
Ailments
The Finnish Spitz tends to be healthy and has one of the lowest frequencies of any breed of hip dysplasia and PRA, especially given how active they are!
Hair Shed
Heavy
Grooming

The Finnish Spitz has a thick, arctic coat but it is fortunately self-cleaning so no doggie odour. That being said they will require a regular brush and comb to make sure the dead hair is removed.

Grooming Frequency
Twice a week
Trimming
Medium
The Finkie was originally known as the 'Finnish Cock-Eared Dog' or the 'Finnish Barking Bird Dog'. They were originally brought to what is now Finland through central Russia more than 2000 years ago. They are now considered the national dog of Finland, earning them several mentions in patriotic songs of the country. The Finnish Spitz was used for hunting small game, when they found something they would use their yodelling bark and point in the direction of the game for their owner. This breed continues to be very popular in Scandinavian countries.


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