Finnish Lapphund

Finnish Lapphund
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Finland
Group: Herding dog
Height: males 18-20 in., females 16-19 in.
Weight: 33-53 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs. & up
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes
  • What is the origin of the Finnish Lapphund?

The Lapphund is native to Finland where it has been known for centuries. It was used in reindeer herding by the Sami people living in what is now territory divided between Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia.

  • What does the Finnish Lapphund look like?

The Lapphund is a medium size dog, approximately 16-20 inches tall and weighing about 33-53 lbs. The head is cone-shaped with a very black nose. The eyes are large and dark chestnut with a ring of lighter colored hair around them. Ears are short, erect and can be pointed or slightly folded. The tail is carried rolled over the back. The double coat is thick and stiff, long except on the head, muzzle and legs. Colors are black, chestnut, white, red, wolf-sable, or black and tan. Brush regularly to keep the coat in condition.

  • What is the temperament of the Finnish Lapphund?

The Finnish Lapphund is an alert, friendly dog. It is not aggressive although can be a good watchdog as it will bark at unfamiliar sounds. The Lapphund is patient with children, even young ones. They are active dogs and should have regular daily walks and runs. With its weather-resistant coat, the Lapphund can even live outdoors.

  • What is the Finnish Lapphund used for?

The Lapphund excels as a sheepdog. They compete in obedience, agility and herding trials and are used as therapy dogs. They make good guard dogs, protecting home and persons. When working in cold areas, Lapphunds need a diet rich in meat and fish.

Possible Health Issues

Progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation.


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