Finnish Lapphund

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

Even though these are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescue groups. Remember to adopt! Don’t shop if you want to bring a dog home.

As you may have guessed, Finnish Lapphunds fair well in cold climates. They’re also highly affectionate with their families, even kids and other dogs. They do, however, need plenty of exercise. Playtime, walks, and dog sports will keep your pup happy and entertained.

See below for complete list of dog breed traits and facts about Finnish Lapphunds!

Finnish Lapphund Dog Breed Pictures

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
Kid-Friendly
5
Dog Friendly
5
Friendly Toward Strangers
4

Health And Grooming Needs

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

Physical Needs

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

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:
Herding Dogs
Height:
17 to 20 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.

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