Finnish Spitz: history, description, photos
Cheerful, playful and friendly. Sensitive, independent and courageous. Educated, loyal and kind. All this characterizes wonderful and a little kind of husky Finnish Spitz.
History and purpose of the breed
Suomenpystykorva, or the Finnish Spitz is a hunting breed of huskies, which originates from the ancient dogs of the Finnish nation Suomi. It was originally called the Finnish Barking Birddog (barking, preying on birds Finnish dog) or Suomenpystrykorva (Finnish dog with sharp ears).
Imported Spitz in Finland over two thousand years ago, from the shores of the Volga river (in those days the area was part of Central Russia, and today belongs to Finland). The breed was bred specifically for hunting various game (squirrels and other small rodents to wild boars and bears).
Special attention in breeding was paid to the hunting qualities, typical for huskies exterior and bright red color. As a result of the selection of works turned out easy to care for and the care of medium size with excellent working qualities of the dog – the Finnish Spitz.
This breed is quite versatile in the hunting practice and specializiruetsya on ducks and upland birds. The task of the Spitz includes detecting and barking game until the arrival of the hunter. Also the dog is able to work quite well and the fur on the beast after proper training. Earlier, the Finnish Spitz was used to corral the elk, and brought to the Soviet Union the dogs could work on the bear, however, somewhat inferior to the hunting passion of others likes.
One of the important operating parameters of the breed is the frequency and continuity of Lai at the time of the designation game. The frequency at which to bark good hunting Laika is about 160 times per minute.
The Finnish Spitz is a very smart dog, difficult to train very easily. However, if he gets scared or excited, then it may become willful and stubborn. Classes should be interesting, positive, relaxing, but short, as this breed gets bored very quickly. Apply only positive rewards and reinforcement. You will also have to stock up considerable patience, because the Finnish Spitz Matures slowly and, therefore, to learn a new command can only 20-35 reps. By nature this breed is very independent and, therefore, you must treat the dog to see you as a leader and respected.
One of the drawbacks can be loud and frequent barking, which has a Finnish Spitz. Reviews from owners of the breed very negative about it. But we should not forget that this is one of the major job qualities of a good hunting huskies, however, this problem can be controlled with training, but it should start from an early age puppy.
Content features and grooming
The Finnish Spitz is by nature hunters and need long daily walks on a leash or in a safe place without him. Also requires a different kind of exercise, so a dog could spend as much as possible the supply of his inexhaustible energy.
The coat of the Finnish tight and dense, remarkably prevents the animal from cold, allowing you to move very heavy frost. Dogs are able to live in cold and temperate climates, but it can not tolerate heat.
Grooming is not difficult, as it is self-cleaning. Enough to comb the Finnish Spitz a couple of times a week, comb and brush. During seasonal molting comb the hair will have each day.
Bathing dogs do not spend more than three or four times a year. In order to avoid all kinds of irritations and infections, you should regularly check and clean eyes and ears, and trim nails if they are not worn in the dog during walks.
Future owners puppies breed the Finnish Spitz will need to take care beforehand to know what to feed their Pets. A puppy's diet should not include pork and chicken. It is believed that this meat is fatty and should not be used in feeding. Pet can give the meat raw. What to feed it, you can ask the breeder while purchasing a puppy. But in any selected diet bones should be given with extreme caution, since some of them dog just could not chew. Overall, everyone animal feed is not recommended because the stomach of this breed is rather weak.
And in conclusion...
Dogs of this breed are certainly some of the most beautiful representatives of the variety of likes. Small size and fiery red coat distinguish them from peers. Better and more loyal friend you will not find than the Finnish Spitz. Photo walks together in nature or just in the home circle will be much better if they as a full member of the family will show off your mischievous and faithful four-legged friend.