Finnish Spitz review

Neutral reviews


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.


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


Finnish Spitz are hunting dogs, which means they have strong instincts to chase and seize other animals that run. Like cats, for example. Some Finnish Spitz are dominant or aggressive toward other dogs of the same sex.


Finnish Spitz love children and will tolerate a lot, walking away when they've had too much. They're sturdy enough that they're not easily injured by toddlers whose motor skills aren't fully developed.

That said, you should always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he's sleeping or eating or to try to take the dog's food away. No dog, no matter how good-natured, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.

Finnish Spitz get along well with other dogs and cats, especially if they're raised with them, but they can be aggressive toward dogs they don't know. And pet birds might want to watch their back around them.


The Finnish Spitz is the perfect companion for an active family. This breed is happy and easy going and adores playing with children. They can be trusted with strangers, aren't prone to aggression and get along well with other dogs. They adore their families and despite their independent nature, attach themselves deeply to the ones they love and like to be included in outdoor activities. Their hunting roots make them an alert dog that can act as a reliable watchdog. The Finnish Spitz is a great choice for first-time dog owners, as well.


The Finnish Spitz is not a lazy house dog. They were developed to be sturdy bird-hunting companions and they have a built-in need to run and keep their minds active. Their medium size may be appealing to condo or apartment dwellers, but the Finnish Spitz needs several hours of vigorous exercise every day in order to stave off boredom and destructiveness. Active families are perfect for this breed, as they are a true family dog who will happily engage in group activities like jogging, hiking or biking. They adore children and will romp in the yard with kids for hours on end. Yards should be fenced in, as this hunter will take off after birds or small animals and aren't likely to obey calls to return home. For this reason, farms are not an ideal locale for the Finnish Spitz.


The Finnish Spitz barks. That’s the first thing you should know about him. He was developed to bark and that’s what he does. He uses many different sounds to communicate, and “talking” to you will be an important part of his life. Get this dog only if you are willing to teach him when it’s okay to bark and when it’s not. On the plus side, he’s an excellent watchdog and will always let you know if someone is approaching the house or something out of the ordinary is going on.

Jan Trettin

All my Finnish Spitz have lived in apartments quite well, and with good training; so it bothers me that some people will say never have them in apartments. They are trainable, and can live in apartments if given proper exercise. It's more about the owners dedication to the needs of the dog. Only a dedicated owner should have a Finnish Spitz, in my humble opinion. But all dogs deserve good homes.


Fun fact about Finnish Spitz, they are almost exclusively hunting dogs.

Many breeders are unwilling to sell puppies, unless the purchasing family are hunters.

Positive reviews


The balanced, squarely symmetrical Finnish Spitz will stand not more than 20 inches at the shoulder and are easily recognized by their foxy face and prick ears projecting a lively expression, and a curving plumed tail. Their dense coat of glorious golden-red which is never monochromatic gives them the Finnish Spitz “Glow.” Finkies or Finns, as they are nicknamed, move with a bold and brisk gait.

Finkies make excellent alertdogs, wary but not shy with strangers. This is a vocal breed – in Finland, owners hold contests to crown a “King Barker” – and true Finn lovers are more delighted than annoyed by their breed’s yodeling and range of vocalization. Finkies are eager canine athletes and eye-catching show dogs known to be smart, sensitive, and captivating companions.

Jenny Dilling

Such a pretty dog.

Liz Feeser-Regan

Pretty dog.


What a handsome dog!


This dog is so beautiful 


Wow, such cute