Breed Organization Finnish Lapphund Club of America Website:
http://finnishlapphund.org Native Country Finland Other Names Lapinkoira, Suomenlapinkoira Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size Average 4-5 Puppies Breed Group AKC FSS
Breed Appearance The Finnish Lapphund is a medium-sized,
strongly-built dog. It is slightly longer than it is high at the
withers. It has a profuse coat with pricked, highly mobile ears. It
usually has long hair, and a long snout.
Breed Description Head: Fairly short. Broad skull.
Distinct stop. Slender, tapering muzzle. Tight lips. Ears: Held erect and forward. Rather wide set. Eyes: Fairly wide set. Dark color. Body: Slightly longer than tall. Dry, strong neck. Deep chest.
Belly is slightly tucked up. Straight, broad back. Tail: Moderate length. Thick and carried curled loosely over
the back. Hair: Moderate length. Straight, rather stand-off and coarse.
Dense, soft, thick undercoat. Coat: Shades of gray-black, fawn with other color markings.
Ideal is black with reddish nuances. Size: Dog: 46 to 52 cm. (18-20.5 in).Bitch: 40 to 46 cm.
(15.7-18 in). Weight: Approx. 25 kg. (55 lb).
History This breed was developed by the Lapps for
hunting and guarding their reindeer herds. It is rare outside of its
Behavior This rustic, energetic, lively dog is always
alert, but is still calm and obedient. Wary of strangers, the
Finnish Lapphund barks easily. Firm training is required.
Health The Finnish Lapphund is a naturally healthy
breed. Known medical issues include Generalised progressive retinal
atrophy (GPRA) and hereditary cataracts.
Advice The Finnish Lapphund needs space and plenty of
exercise. Regular brushing is required.