Finnish Lapphund

Believe it or not, this hard-working dog breed earned his keep herding reindeer in his native Lapland, in the far north of Finland. Friendly and gentle, the Finnish Lapphund retains a strong herding instinct.

See below for complete list of Finnish Lapphund characteristics! 

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Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability

Adapts Well to Apartment Living
4
Good For Novice Owners
4
Sensitivity Level
4
Tolerates Being Alone
2
Tolerates Cold Weather
5
Tolerates Hot Weather
2

All Around Friendliness

Affectionate with Family
5
Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs
5
Dog Friendly
5
Friendly Toward Strangers
4

Health Grooming

Amount Of Shedding
3
Drooling Potential
1
Easy To Groom
4
General Health
4
Potential For Weight Gain
4
Size
3

Trainability

Easy To Train
5
Intelligence
5
Potential For Mouthiness
4
Prey Drive
4
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
3
Wanderlust Potential
4

Exercise Needs

Energy Level
5
Intensity
5
Exercise Needs
4
Potential For Playfulness
5

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:
Herding Dogs
Height:
1 foot, 5 inches to 1 foot, 8 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:
33 to 53 pounds
Life Span:
12 to 15 years

More About This Breed

  • No, his name doesn't mean lapdog. This smart, hard-working dog originated in Lapland, in Finland's far north, where he was used to herd reindeer for the semi-nomadic Sami people. These days, he still has a strong herding instinct that can be put to use with more common varieties of livestock. He can also enjoy other dog jobs such as agility, obedience, and therapy work.

    Friendly toward people and gentle with children, he's a good companion for people who don't mind a dog with a long, profuse coat.

  • Size

    Males stand 19.25 to 20.5 inches at the shoulder; females, 17.5 to 18.75 inches. Weight ranges from 33 to 53 pounds.

  • Coat Color And Grooming

    A long, coarse outer coat tops a soft, thick undercoat. The Finnish Lapphund can be found in all colors, including white, black, red, and brown, as well as combinations of colors such as black and tan.