Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Finland Other Names Lapland Reindeer Dog, Lapinporokoira, Finnish Reindeer 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).
History 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.
Behavior This energetic, calm dog makes a nice pet. He
barks easily, making him a good guard dog. The temperament of
individual dogs may vary.
Health No Health Information Available
Advice The Lapland Reindeer Dog needs considerable
space and exercise to burn off energy. Daily brushing is required.