The Finnish Spitz has the distinction of being the national dog of Finland, where this ancient hunting breed is still used to hunt a wide variety of game. They typically weigh between 20 to 35 pounds and have a slight ‘fox-like’ appearance. They are active, friendly, playful, and loyal and have a double coat and beautiful plume of a tail. Finnish Spitz are lively, high-energy dogs and require lots of daily exercise.
Common Health Conditions
- Some Finnish Spitzes inherit a heart condition known as pulmonic stenosis. This disease causes a partial obstruction of blood flow from the heart to the lungs, which means the heart must work harder to pump enough blood.
- Alopecia is known to causes patchy hair loss. It can also cause a fuzzy or woolly coat on each side of your furry friend’s body.
- Pemphigus foliaceus is a superficial skin disease that is more common in Finnish Spitzes. It often starts at around four years of age and causes crusts and hair loss, usually on top of his nose and inside the ear flap. Some dogs can get it on their footpads and toenails.