Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Finnish Spitz puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Finnish Spitz

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Finnish Spitz the right breed for you?

Finnish Spitz: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Finnish Spitz Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Finnish Spitz?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Finnish Spitz stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a dog sport (dog agility); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing – moderate
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Finnish Spitz are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with moderate/heavy shedding
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Finnish Spitz to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Finnish Spitz, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Finnish Spitz?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Finnish Spitz be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Finnish Spitz?

Finnish Spitz are rare in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Finnish Spitz rank 179th. They're very hard to find.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
You might occasionally find a Finnish Spitz available from a Dog Rescue group. You would need to inquire of the breed's national club. Not many Finnish Spitz are turned over to Rescue because not many people own them in the first place.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
I've not heard of a Finnish Spitz being adopted from a shelter. Finnish Spitz Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that a Finnish Spitz turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Finnish Spitz from a show breeder, who breeds Finnish Spitz to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You might also be able to buy a Finnish Spitz from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Finnish Spitz puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Finnish Spitz ends up with cataracts and bad hip joints.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
I have never seen a Finnish Spitz in a pet shop. Which is good, because I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Finnish Spitz Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Finnish Spitz puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Finnish Spitz puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.