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WELCOME to the home of the Finnish Spitz Health Network, Inc. FSHN is dedicated to collecting, maintaining and disseminating genetic information on the Finnish Spitz breed and the inherited diseases from which it sometimes suffers, as well as supporting research that will benefit the future health of the breed. We serve all Finnish Spitz, regardless of their purpose, the goals of their owners, or where they live. The FSHN is comprised of a voluntary Board of Directors and several committees. The FSHN is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and has received a determination letter to that effect from the Internal Revenue Service.

The core of this educational effort is a computerized pedigree and health database. The pedigree portion of the database was launched in 2004. The database now contains information that has been compiled over many years from voluntary submissions of data from owners and from other public sources of information, including the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF). The database is online by clicking on "Database" above and is available to owners, breeders, veterinarians and researchers interested in reducing the incidence of genetic diseases in the Finnish Spitz breed.

The FSHN also provides genetics information and tools to breeders who are seeking to reduce the risk of genetic diseases through genetic diversity. We hope these educational tools are valuable. As funds are raised, the FSHN will use these funds to obtain medical data on certain diseases that remain persistent in the breed. Our ultimate goal is to improve the health and well-being of this beautiful breed for future generations. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated and used wisely. If you would like further information on the FSHN or are interested in volunteering or gifting, please explore our website and feel free to contact us.

Last updated: 7 January 2013