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Finnish Spitz: the most honest dog breed review you'll ever find about Finnish Spitz temperament, personality, and behavior.

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

Finnish Spitz Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

The fox-like Finnish Spitz is lively and agile, quick and light on his feet.

He plays hard and enjoys vigorous exercise, especially in the snow. Without enough activity (physical and mental), this creative thinker will become bored and perhaps destructive.

He is very people-oriented and needs a great deal of companionship, especially from his favorite person. He doesn't like being left alone,and because of his extremely sensitive nature, he doesn't do well in an environment with frequent tension or loud voices.

The Finnish Spitz is sharp-eyed and keen of hearing and will immediately alert when he sees or hears anything unusual.

Conservative with strangers, he requires early and frequent socialization to ensure that his caution does not become suspicion or shyness. He also needs early physical handling as he often does not like being examined.

Typically bold with other dogs, he can be jealous and scrappy with those of the same sex and predatory with rodents and birds.

The Finnish Spitz learns quickly but is clever and independent and thus challenging to train.

These vocal dogs will greet you with throaty sounds of crooning, purring, and yodeling. They love to bark, and their barking pattern is high-pitched, piercing, and rapid (more than 150 barks per minute). If left outside unattended, they can drive neighbors up the wall.

If you want a dog who...

  • Is medium-sized and looks like a furry orange-red fox
  • Is lively and agile, quick moving and light on his feet
  • Enjoys vigorous exercise and athletic activities
  • Makes a keen watchdog

A Finnish Spitz may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with...

  • High energy level requiring plenty of exercise
  • "Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much
  • Suspiciousness or timidity toward strangers when not socialized enough
  • Potential aggression toward other animals -- chasing instincts
  • Stubbornness (mind of his own)
  • Emotional sensitivity to stress and loud voices
  • Heavy shedding
  • Extreme vocalness, including barking and yodeling

A Finnish Spitz may not be right for you.

But you can avoid or minimize some negative traits by
  1. choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
  2. or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
  3. training your dog to respect you
  4. avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

More traits and characteristics of the Finnish Spitz

If I was considering a Finnish Spitz, I would be most concerned about...

  1. Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. Finnish Spitz MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy and to use their busy minds to do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored -- which they usually express by barking and destructive chewing.

  2. Separation anxiety. Finnish Spitz need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking.

  3. Providing enough socialization. Standoffish by nature, Finnish Spitz need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural caution can become shyness or suspiciousness, which are difficult to live with.

  4. Animal aggression. Some Finnish Spitz are dominant or aggressive toward other dogs of the same sex. Many have strong instincts to chase and seize cats and other fleeing creatures. This can make for conflict if you own a cat. It may be much worse than that if you own a pet rabbit or hamster!

  5. Fence security. Some Finnish Spitz are clever escape artists who will go over or under fences in search of adventure. To keep your Finnish Spitz in, you may need higher fences than you might imagine for their small size. You may also need to sink wire into the ground along the fence line to thwart digging. Gates should have the highest quality locks.

    Finnish Spitz cannot be trusted off-leash. They will take off -- oblivious to your frantic shouts -- after anything that runs.

  6. Mind of his own. Finnish Spitz can be stubborn and manipulative. Many Finnish Spitz are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.

    To teach your Finnish Spitz to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Finnish Spitz Training Page discusses the program you need.

  7. Emotional sensitivity. Be there tension in your home? Are people loud or angry or emotional? Are there arguments or fights? Finnish Spitz are extremely sensitive to stress and can end up literally sick to their stomachs, with digestive upsets and neurotic behaviors, if the people in their home are having family problems. Finnish Spitz thrive only in a peaceful, harmonious home.

  8. Heavy shedding. Finnish Spitz shed a LOT. You'll find hair and fur all over your clothing, upholstery, carpeting, and under your furniture.

  9. Barking. Finnish Spitz are extremely vocal dogs, quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them. If you have close neighbors, Finnish Spitz are not a good choice for you. For the same reason, Finnish Spitz should never be left outside in your yard, unsupervised. To make matters worse, many Finnish Spitz have intense, rapid, high-pitched barks that can set your teeth on edge.

book cover To learn more about training Finnish Spitz to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.

It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Finnish Spitz the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.

Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.

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 healthy Finnish Spitz. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.

If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Finnish Spitz might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.

book cover Once you have your Finnish Spitz home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.

My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.

Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.

Please consider adopting an ADULT Finnish Spitz...

When you're acquiring a Finnish Spitz PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.

But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Finnish Spitz who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!

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