New Westminster Breed 2012 – Spotlight On The Finnish Lapphund

February 14th, 2012 by Dan

The Finnish Lapphund joins the Herding Group at Westminster this year. In Finland it sometimes known as the “Suomenlapinkoira” or simply “Lapinkoira.”

The Finnish Lapphund is said to have had its beginnings as early as 7000 BC. Bred to help a nomadic tribe of Reindeer herders (The Sami), the dogs evolved from hunters into herders as the tribes needs changed.

The Lapphund is a medium sized breed that weighs between 40 and 50 lbs and stands 16 to 21 inches tall at the shoulder. They have a thick, double, water-repellent coat that can come in a variety of colors. This breed does shed with the seasons. Daily brushing can help keep tumbleweeds to a minimum. This is a stocky little breed with a cheerful face!

The Finnish Lapphund is a working dog so they need a great amount of activity to stay happy. When they’re working they can be quite vocal! However when they’re at home with family they’re calm, sweet companions. They’re an intelligent breed and are quick to learn, especially for a herding breed.

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