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Finnish Reindeer Herder

Finnish Reindeer Herder

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Breed Organization
United Kennel Club
Native Country
Other Names
Lapland Reindeer Dog, Lapinporokoira, Lapponian Herder, Lapponian Vallhund
Life Expectancy
Approximately 12-15 Years
Litter Size
No Information Available
Breed Group
FCI - Nordic Watchdogs and Herders
Breed Appearance
The Lapinporokoira is a medium sized dog, with medium length fur in a double coat. Ears are pricked (standing up; drop ears are a disqualifying fault.) Color is generally black or dark grey or brown, with a lighter shade on the head and lower parts of the body, often with white markings. The dog is longer than tall.

Breed Description
Head: Moderate length, slightly domed skull. Distinct stop. Straight muzzle. Tight lips.
Ears: Fairly short. Held erect and forward.
Eyes: Fairly wide set. Dark color.
Body: Longer than tall. Dry, powerful neck. Deep, broad chest. Belly is slightly tucked up. Slightly sloped croup. Straight, strong back.
Tail: Moderate length, thick. Not curled, but instead hangs down in a curve.
Hair: Moderate length, straight, coarse, somewhat stand off. Thicker and longer on the neck, chest, and thighs. Soft, dense undercoat.
Coat: Shades of black with tan markings. White "double eyes" are common. Lighter coloring (grayish or brownish preferred) on the cheeks, underbody, and legs. White markings on the neck, chest, and legs are permissible.
Size: Dog: 49 to 55 cm (19-22 in).Bitch: 43 to 49 cm (17-19 in).
Weight: Approx. 25 kg (55 lb).

The Lapland Reindeer Dog was used for centuries to guard reindeer herds and defend them from bears and wolves. The breed is thought to be the result of a cross between the Swedish Lapphund and the German Shepherd.

This energetic, calm dog makes a nice pet. He barks easily, making him a good guard dog. The temperament of individual dogs may vary.

No Health Information Available

The Lapland Reindeer Dog needs considerable space and exercise to burn off energy. Daily brushing is required.

Herder, Guard Dog, Pet.

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