Finnish Spitz dog breed<<<< Back to dog breeds
- Country: Finland
- Group: Non-Sporting
- Weight: 14-16 kg
- Height: Males: 44-50 cm Females: 39-45 cm
- Colors: red, golden, golden-red
- Training: medium-difficult
- Grooming: relatively easy to groom, requires regular brushing
- Health: robust and resistant
- Litter size: 3 - 6 puppies
- Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
- Other names: Suomenpystykorva, Finska SPETS, Loulou Finno, Finnish Spitz dog
Icelandic Sheepdog is considered a jewel of popular culture Icelandic provided a legacy from father to son for more than 1,000 years. Spitz called Icelandic or Icelandic sheep dog, our protagonist is the only breed native to Iceland.
Part of 5th FCI group, the Nordics and dogs spitz-type breeds which still preserves ancient primitive character. Norwegian Buhund dog breed and bear Karelia are his closest relatives.
The origin of this dog is satrans linked to the birth of the Icelandic people. By the 9th century Viking settlers en roamed the frozen ground for the first time in Iceland today. They were accompanied by some dogs robust, strong and brave, not much different from today Icelander.
Life on the farm depended largely on the presence of these dogs. There were only sheepdogs, but good guards and companions. Icelandic Sheepdog occupation not only herded their sheep but had to accomplish more complex tasks.
When a sheep is wandering through relentlessly perisajul of Iceland, the dog had a duty to find it and bring it unscathed to its counterparts. It involves a great ability to solve complex tasks, organizational skills, independence and determination.
Not only are responsibilities sufficiency sheep dog, but herds of cattle or ponies. In summer, large animals were allowed to graze freely in the mountains of Iceland, their protection is assured only by dogs. They were meant to protect their and bring them home when the owner wanted.
In the 18th century Icelander almost extinct due to canine distemper and the plague, which wiped out 75% of the dog population. This has made the Icelandic authorities to ban the import of dogs. For that matter, good for the race, which has managed to keep its purity, built hundreds of years.
Even though it is now considered a rare breed in the world, the Icelandic Shepherd is not endangered. In his homeland it is quite popular, and local breeders strive to maintain their race, national pride, afloat.
It can be found under the name Suomenpystykorva.
Food Finnish Spitz
Finnish Spitz is a lover of food. He likes to eat and especially likes to eat goodies. So pay attention to the food you offer it and that afforded to children.
This helps to train for this dog do anything for a snack. Pay attention to the amount of food that can gain weight easily.
Although dogs are not demanding it is good to be offered for dog food. No matter if it is bought or homemade, it is important to give her all the vitamins and animal proteins it needs.
Most know that one of the main food is meat. They are owners who feed their dogs raw meat.
It is recommended low in fat. To have a dog fit and normal weight should take care to make daily exercise. Remember that needs fresh water daily to drink when thirsty.
Description Finnish Spitz
Icelandic Sheepdog is a dog of medium to small, sturdy body, but well proportioned. Seen from the side, the body is rectangular, the back line longer than the height at the shoulder.
The neck is moderately long, slightly arched, muscular and bare up. The head is broad, with conical snout, which ends with a black truffle. The ears are triangular, with rounded tip and carried erect. Black pigmented lips. Bushy tail is held up as sickle.
The height is between 40 and 48 cm, measured at the shoulder. Weight is between 9 and 15 kg. females are slightly smaller than males.
The coat can be long or short, both versions being Grao and resistant to moisture. The coloring can be: brown, reddish, gray, brown, black with white spots, etc.
Behavior Finnish Spitz
Finnish Spitz is an active and friendly dog who loves to be around familiar people. Aloof around strangers, this dog will bark and become aggressive with people who do not give confidence. Some specimens may have a dominant position and, in particular males.
Finnish Spitz is also known as bird dog barking Finland, which makes you deduct that this breed likes to bark. This can be a problem when it is grown in urban areas and have neighbors nearby, especially if the dog is left outside for long periods of time. If there is nothing to do, Finnish Spitz will bark at any time and every fall of a leaf.
Finnish Spitz is an excellent companion dog that adapts well to families both in urban and in rural areas. The breed is tolerant of children, especially if they increase small.
This dog is very protective of his family and will always barks when strangers approach. Ambiantele prefer cooler. It is an active dog, which makes it an excellent companion for jogging.
Finnish Spitz can live happily in an apartment as long as frequent walks out. This breed will get along well with other pets if raised with them.
Training Finnish Spitz
Finnish spitz-ii can be difficult educated dogs, especially those with a dominant character and independent.
To be effective requires a firm and consistent training and patience.
Characteristics Finnish Spitz
Finnish spitz's does not like to be left alone, with nothing to do.
They are intelligent dogs and need mental stimulation to prevent excessive barking and destructive behavior development.
Health Finnish Spitz
Finnish Spitz breed is robust and resistant with little known disease.
The most common are hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and retinal atrophy, progressive disease that causes a degeneration of nerve cells in the retina, leading to blindness.
The average lifespan of Finnish spitz's 12-15 years.