The Finnish Lapphund!

The Finnish Lapphund is one of the spitz-like dogs from the arctic region. Often called as The Dog from the Land of Midnight Sun, this husky breed is characterized by its square typed body and long hair. The Finnish Lapphund is said to have had its beginnings as early as 7000 BC. The breed was once called the Lapponian Shepherd Dog and was officially called the “Finnish Lapphund” only in 1993. It is one of the most popular breeds in Finland as is sometimes known as the “Suomenlapinkoira” or simply “Lapinkoira.”

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
12-14 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Very adaptable.


Exercise Needs:
1 hour of rigorous outdoor activity per day.

Breed Group:


16-20 inches

40-50 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
A wide variety of colors from golden brown (or fawn) to gray-black or black with other color markings.

National breed club:
Finnish Lapphund Club of America

Finnish Lapphund Skills

The Finnish Lapphund was originally bred to guard or herd reindeer, and double as a hunting dog. Because the breed is naturally cooperative, they also make good human companions and watch dogs. Today, the Finnish Lapphund not only herds livestock (sheep and cattle), they are now also being bred to be sporting dogs and family pets.

Finnish Lapphund Personality

The Finnish Lapphund is probably one of the most intelligent canine breeds around. Not only are the Lapphunds quick learners and easy to train, they also think before they act. Finnish Lapphunds are very cooperative despite being naturally independent. They are protective of its owners and, being a herding animal, tend to look at his owners as a flock that needs to be tended. Female Lapphunds are more submissive than the male variety.

Exercise Needs

Though the Finnish Lapphund can adapt to living in an environment with limited space, they still need to be exercised regularly. Finnish Lapphunds should have at least 60 to 80 minutes of activity, preferably running, per day

Living Conditions

The Finnish Lapphund does not have very special living needs. Despite having been bred to help herd reindeer, the Lapphund can be kept inside apartments or homes with limited space. The Lapphund is known to be able to adapt itself to different environments and circumstances.

Grooming Requirements

The long and coarse double coat of Finnish Lapphunds comes in a variety of colors from golden brown (or fawn) to gray-black or black always with other color markings. One main color, usually black, should dominate and the markings should only be seen on the head, neck, chest, legs and tail. Male Finnish Lapphunds are known to have an abundant “lion-like” mane. Typical grooming for double coat breeds should be practiced.

Health Issues

The Finnish Lapphund is one of the healthiest canine breeds. There have been very few reports of Lapphunds afflicted with Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) or Canine Hip Dysplasia. To protect the breed from “deteriorating”, the Lapphunds are part of PEVISA, a Finnish kennel program that aims to reduce incidences of inherited diseases. Offspring are not registerd unless the breeding stock has been examined and certified free from abnormalities.

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Dogs that have similar characteristics and physical appearance to the Finnish Lapphund are other Scandinavian Spitzes (Scandinavian Lapphund, Lapponian Herder) and husky breeds (Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Akita, Samoyed).

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