Finnish Lapphund

Finnish Lapphund

Breed Description +

Active and intelligent dogs that require lots of mental and physical stimulation. A tendency to bark at unfamiliar things make the breed a good watchdog. Finnish Lapphunds enjoy dog sports such as flyball, herding, Frisbee, agility, and obedience. Good with small children and consequently make good family pets. A double coat pairs a short fluffy undercoat with a long coarser topcoat. Coat comes in almost any color but a single color usually predominates.
  • AKC Name:

    Finnish Lapphund

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  • Observed Weight:

    24 - 55 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    24 - 55 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 16 - 21 in


The Finnish Lapphund is descended from the Lapponian Shepherd Dog which was initially used by the nomadic Sami people of Scandinavia for protection and herding reindeer. The breed was split into the short haired Lapponian Herder and the Finnish Lapphund. In recent times, the Herder has become more used in coordination with snowmobiles for herding, whereas the Lapphund has become one of the more popular pet breeds in Finland. It was imported into the United States in the 1980s and was a member of the AKC Foundation Stock Service from 2001 to 2011 when it was recognized officially and added to the herding group.

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