Finnish Spitz Dogs

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Finding a Finnish Spitz Puppy

Finnish Spitz Dogs For Sale

For many new owners of Finnish Spitz, deciding on a puppy and a breeder to work with is a journey into the unknown. Because of the scarcity of pups, you may well end up never seeing the parents, the breeder’s premises, or the specific pup until s/he arrives at the airport near your home. For these reasons, we recommend that you ask any breeder that you consider getting a puppy from the following questions:

Ask to see a Pedigree

It is not important that there be a lot of champions (although the champions indicate that the breeder is having their dogs’ structure evaluated by outside judges, not just for appearance but also for sound structure and movement); it is important that the breeder know almost as much about the dogs behind the dogs they are breeding as they do about the dogs being breed. This means the breeder has spent a lot of time figuring out who they are breeding and why; what qualities of structure, health, temperament, etc. they want; it also means that they know the genetic possibilities that can crop up in dogs of their breeding.

Ask about the health of the dogs in the last three generations on the pedigree preceding your puppy, the temperaments of these generations, how long they lived, etc. Specifically ask if there is medical or anecdotal evidence of epilepsy, cardiac issues, luxating patellas or hip dysplasia in these lines. On your own, go to the Pedigree Search page of the pedigree database and enter the breeder’s kennel name for a list of their dogs in the database. Peruse the resulting list for health notes and testing. It is far better to see notes on known conditions than no health notes at all. Memos on known conditions indicate the breeder is testing, aware of and breeding with these conditions in mind. If there are no testing results, ask the breeder why no testing results are listed.

Ask the breeder what the OFA ratings are on the dogs in the pedigree: (you want a puppy whose parents are Fair, Good, or Excellent), OFA is the organization that reads the x-rays of the hips on these dogs to determine if they have canine hip dysplasia (CHD) or if there is a tendency towards it. You can also check on the dogs yourself by going to http://www.offa.org/search.html . On this page, you indicate the condition (hip dysplasia), the breed, some part of the dog’s name (you can use the kennel name), and what years to search. This way, you can check whether a breeder does OFA or not. If they do not do OFA, then you want them to have done PennHIP.

Ask how they determine if their breeding dogs and their puppies are structurally sound. Here you want to know what kinds of evaluations were done on the puppies to determine what tasks they may be best suited for, what characteristics were noted in their temperaments, and what qualities they might be expected to have as they mature. Ask what outside evaluations have been done to judge the quality of their breeding dogs. Ask them to describe what they look for in a dog that they are going to breed even if you do not know what to look for yourself, you will recognize if the breeder knows what to look for.

Ask whether the puppies were whelped in the home and how long the puppies were reared in the home. If they were not whelped and raised in the home, ask what has been done to ensure that the puppies are prepared for living in your home.

Ask what kind of work they do to socialize the puppies, get the puppies used to new situations, and get them eager to work with people. The period between five and eight weeks is a critical development period in puppies, and they need to be with their littermates to go through this period. They also need a lot of new things in their environment every day.

Ask if they will take the dog back at any time in its life if your situation should change. All responsible breeders guarantee that they will do this. Most guarantee a refund for a certain length of time and after that, they will still find the dog a new home to ensure that the dog goes into a good home for Finnish Spitz. You want a breeder who tells you, without your having to ask, that they want the dog back if for any reason at any time you cannot keep it. You want a breeder who cares what kind of life these little puppies are going to have and who wants each puppy to have a very good life for its whole life. If a breeder tells you that it is not possible to guarantee taking the dog back if your circumstances change, that breeder is telling you that they don’t care what happens to that dog if you need to rehome it.

Ask if you can call the breeder at any time with questions that come up as you and your puppy get to know each other. The breeder should be available to, and should want to, answer questions. Good breeders prefer you come to them than go to someone who doesn’t know their lines.

Be alert to the questions the breeder asks you: you want a breeder who wants to know about your home, your expectations of the dog, your life style (eg., active outdoor people, more sedentary, etc.) — all of these things help that breeder to know (1) if their puppies will find a good home with you, but more importantly (2) which puppy will best fit into your life style. Good breeders are looking for a good fit between the puppy and its new family. They then will pick out the puppy they believe will best fit your needs and requirements.

Finally, decide on the breeder you want to work with based on your inquiries and then be prepared to wait. Few breeders in the US breed more than two to three litters per year and may have a long waiting list. The months you put into waiting will be rewarded in the long term relationship you establish with your future family member’s breeder.

If you would like more in depth knowledge of the genetics behind our dogs, please explore the rest of our website for additional information.

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