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Lapphund: Temperament, Exercise, Grooming, Health (Finnish Lapphund, Swedish Lapphund)
The Finnish Lapphund and the Swedish
Lapphund are breeds of the Spitz family. As they
were originally bred to be reindeer herders, they
can be said to belong to the herding or pastoral
Also Known As
The Finnish Lapphund is also known
as Lapinkoira, Suomenlapinkoira, Kukonharjunlainen.
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Finnish Lapphund descends as far back
as from 7000BC and originates from the dogs
kept by the Lapp people. They lived in the
area known as Lapland which incorporated
Sweden, Finland and parts of northern Russia
and Norway. In Finland, the first breed
standards were set in 1945 by the Finnish
It is believed that these dogs were the
result of a cross between the Karelian Bear
Dogs and the reindeer dogs.
In 1960, the various Finnish kennel
associations were unified, and in 1966 the breeds
were reassessed. This resulted in the formal definition
of two breeds: the Lapponian Herder (1966), and
the Finnish Lapphund (1967). It has been recorded
in the Foundation Stock Service since 2001.
Lapphund - The "Swedish Lapphund"
is the Swedish counterpart of the Finnish
Lapphund. The Swedish Lapphund also descends
from the ancient arctic Scandinavian Spitz.
Originally bred to guard and herd the Sami
people's reindeer herds.
During the first half of
the 20th century the breed was though to have
become extinct, but thanks to the severe efforts
of collecting native dog stock, the breed
The first Swedish Lapphund breed
standard was accepted already in 1944 and ever since
it has been revised several times.
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A General Description of
As a typical member of the Spitz
group, the Finnish Lapphund has a distinct fox-like
appearance. The Finnish Lapphund is a medium sized,
strongly and firmly built dog. It is slightly longer
than it is high at the withers. It is marked by
a broad head and a straight, evenly tapering muzzle.
It is distinguished by medium sized, broad, mobile
ears, dark eyes, long, strong neck and a deep brisket.
The tail, covered with profuse and long hair, is
carried curving over the back. The Lapphund has
a profuse double coat, with a short, fluffy undercoat
and a longer, coarse topcoat.
The coat makes the dog waterproof
as well as resistant to extreme cold. A wide variety
of colors are found in the breed: white, black,
red, brown, sable and wolf-sable. One of the most
common color combinations is black and tan: a predominantly
black dog with tan legs and face. One of the unusual
facial markings sported by them is "spectacles",
where a ring of lighter colored hair around the
eyes gives the impression that the dog is wearing
The Swedish Lapphund is much similar
in build to the Finnish Lapphund. They have a wedge-shaped
head. The eyes are set well apart, round and dark
brown with well pigmented rims. The ears are set
well apart, short, erect, pointed and active. They
have strong jaws with a perfect scissor bite. The
lips and palate are strongly pigmented.
The only permitted colors for a
Swedish Lapphund are black and dark brown. The coat
is coarse and thick with a dense undercoat. Both
males and females of this species have a distinctive
For both The Finnish Lapphund
and the Swedish Lapphund, the standard is 46-52cm
at the withers (above the shoulder) for a male dog,
and slightly smaller 41-47cm for a bitch.
A typical male of 49cm height normally
weighs 17-19kg, but the breed has a weight range
of 15-24kg, depending on the size of the dog.
Temperament of the Breed
The Finnish Lapphund is charismatic,
cuddly, calm, friendly, sociable, adaptable and
very faithful. They have a gentle and affectionate
nature, and are particualrly good with children,
people with disabilities, the elderly and other
animals. They are always ready to work for and please
their masters. When young, some Lapphunds have a
tendency to nip at the heels or hands of their owners,
but this can easily be corrected. They have a moderate
tendency to bark. They will notify their owners
of visitors, but do not tend to show aggression.
The Swedish Lapphund is lively,
humble, co-operative, loyal protective alert. The
breed has somewhat strong sense of territory, but
is friendly towards strangers. They possess strong
herding instincts and can be very noisy as they
have a very high tendency to bark. They like to
please but also likes doing things their own way.
They make great companions. However, for that, it
is very important to socialize them while they are
Better suited to outdoor or indoor lifestyle?
The Finnish Lapphunds and Swedish
Lapphunds are well suited to apartment life, specially
if they get a yard to run around in. They make wonderful
companions and pets. They are good with children
and other animals.
They, specially the Swedish Lapphund,
crave for human contact and can get very upset and
vocal if left alone. So one shouldn't take up a
Swedish Lapphund as a pet unless one is sure that
somebody or the other will be there to keep the
dog constant company at all times.
How active is the breed?
The Finnish Lapphund makes the
ideal outdoor companion. It is very energetic and
needs a minimum of 60-80 minutes of daily workout
to keep fit and happy. It loves to run. As they
are extremely intelligent and easy to train, the
Finnish Lapphund is one of the most suitable of
breeds to train for dog sports such as flyball and
While considered to be mainly a
family pet, the Swedish Lapphund is not cut out
for the sofa cushion. It requires a great amount
of exercise (at least two hours a day) and mental
stimulation. The breed is suitable for most dog
sports, but training might require imagination,
since the breed is also said to be somewhat stubborn.
if their minds are not exercised, then they can
be destructive and are known to enjoy digging.
The Finnish Lapphund sheds moderately.
Regular brushing, preferably everyday, is required
because of the abundance of their coats. Occasional
baths would suffice. Trimming is generally not necessary.
Even though the coat of the Swedish
Lapphund is impressive, it is surprisingly low maintenance.
It repels snow and water, but needs regular brushing
as well as a wash once a year.
The Finnish Lapphund is known to
be one of the healthiest breeds in Finland. Known
medical issues include Generalized Progressive Retinal
Atrophy (GPRA) and hereditary cataracts. The ethical
standard in most countries require the stud dogs
to be hip-scored, but the incidence of Hip Dysplasia
Generally the Swedish Lapphund
is also a healthy breed. Some of the breeding stock
has been found to exhibit epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia
and PRA, and therefore breeders are encouraged to
examine the dogs regularly.
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