How Much Does a Finnish Spitz Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

The Finnish Spitz, also known as the Finnish Barking Birddog and the Finnish Hunting Dog, originally came from Finland and resembles a fox in its appearance.  Originally bred to become a hunting dog, it would act as a pointer, meaning it let the hunter know which way the prey was headed by pointing its tail.

Our Own LIttle Fox by Noël Zia Lee, on Flickr
Our Own LIttle Fox” (CC BY 2.0) by  Noël Zia Lee

How much does a Finnish Spitz cost?

The cost of a Finnish Spitz depends on the quality of breed, age, gender, parents, inclusions with the purchase and breeder.  On average, this breed is going to cost anywhere from $700 to as much as $2,000.  A top quality breed will cost closer to the $2,000 mark, whereas your older dogs found at an adoption center can cost much less, often under $200.  Since this dog isn’t readily available, be prepared to put yourself on a waiting list if you were to want one.

PuppyFind.com, a pet classified website sell many breeds of dogs, including the Finnish Spitz.  The price of a Finnish Spitz, according to the site, can range from $975 to $1,800.

DogBreedPlus.com says you should be prepared to spend about $1,000 and $1,145 annually on maintenance.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Most reputable dog breeders will include up-to-date vaccinations, registration paperwork, a health guarantee and a travel crate if being shipped.  Breeders or organizations may also include a microchip, spay/neutering and a small goodie bag which may have coupons, food and accessories.

What are the extra costs?

Don’t forget the recurring costs, as with any animals, such as food, accessories, toys and routine/surprise vet visits.  The average dog owner, if their dog is healthy, spends $500 to $800 per year, but if the dog were to get a disease or need a surgery, the costs could be much higher.

If you don’t have the necessary supplies, you need to factor in the dog bowl, collar, flea medication, leash, crate and first-time vet visit.

If the dog has to be shipped out of state, additional shipping fees will apply.  On average, plan on spending anywhere from $200 to as much as $400 to ship the dog, depending on how it’s being transported.  Since this dog is often hard to find online, you more than likely will have to have it shipped.

Even though the dog is considered to be independent and strong-willed, it can become easily bored if it isn’t trained properly.  Inexperienced owners often find difficulty when training their dog and resort to obedience classes.  At a minimum, consider obedience classes to teach the basics such as sit, lie down and stay.

Even though the dog keeps itself clean, professional grooming sessions are still recommended every month.  Its ears, whiskers and nails should be trimmed and cleaned to promote optimal hygiene.

Tips to know:

The dog is known to have a beautiful soft red-gold double coat and some may have a white patch on their chest.  Its undercoat will be covered by longer, straight hair, harsh in texture.

According to Finnish Spitz dog owners, the dog’s temperament is known to be happy, playful, loyal, intelligent, independent and very vocal.

The average height will be 15 to 20 inches, with females capping out at 17 inches on average.  As for weight, most dogs will be in the 30 to 35-pound range.

If healthy, the breed can live 12 to 15 years.

The Finnish Spitz has been known to bark a lot, and people who live in apartments or condos should only consider this dog if they are able to offer it enough exercise.  This breed enjoys daily walks and at least 30 minutes of outdoor activity every day.

The average litter will be three to six puppies.

Expect the dog to shed occasionally, and be prepared to vacuum every week or so.  Brushing, however, will reduce its shedding.

CHD, patellar luxation, epilepsy is occasionally seen with this breed.

According to Next Day Pets, this breed won’t mature emotionally and physically until they reach four years old.  While it is considered a slow maturing breed, it’s recommended to hand exercise with your puppy until it is a year old when most of its structural growth has been completed.

How can I save money?

Check local animal shelters and consider adopting a dog.  Although you may not find the exact breed you are looking, you will be helping a dog that needs a home and getting a pet at the same time.  PetFinder.com can help you find local adoption agencies that have this breed available.


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