Finnish Lapphund Breed Profile

Finnish Lapphund dog breed profile

KC Group Pastoral

Size Medium

Height 44-49cm

Good with children? Yes

Good guard dogs? Would bark

Moulting level Heavy

Grooming Heavy

Exercise requirement Moderate

Jogging partner Yes

Colours All colours are allowed except merle. The main colour must dominate, although different colours are permitted on head, neck, chest, legs, tail, and underside of body.

Finnish Lapphund Breed Profile

The Finnish Lapphund is a pastoral breed that was used in its native Finland as a herder of reindeer. It is a Spitz type breed which is commonly known for being nice and clean - free from so called 'doggy odour'.

This is another typical spitz breed with a stocky body, pricked ears, a thick coat, and the typical curled, high-set tail. They come in a variety of colours, but one colour always dominates and the others are usually at the extremities.

The Suomenlapinkoira (as it is known) and similar types of dog have been used in Finland and in the northern parts of Russia to herd and guard reindeer for centuries, although more recently they have multi-tasked and have turned their paws to herding cattle and sheep, too.

Finnish Lapphund character

Funny and intelligent, strong herding instinct is often present.  The Finnish Lapphund has a lively and active personality, and a willingness to learn, which has led to them becoming popular family dogs. They will certainly alert you to potential intruders, as they have a lot to say for themselves and a natural guarding instinct!

Finnish Lapphund dog breed profileFinnish Lapphund size

The ideal size is around 49cm for dogs and 44cm for bitches.

Finnish Lapphund health

A breed generally free from major hereditary diseases and conditions.

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Finnish Lapphund care

May require extra attention during warm summer months so as to avoid any risk of over-heating.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.