Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Finland Other Names Swedish Spitz, Lapplandska Spetz, Svensk Lapphund Life Expectancy Approximately 12-13 Years Litter Size Average 4-6 Puppies Breed Group AKC FSS
Breed Appearance The Swedish Lapphund is a spitz type dog with a rectangular shape. It has a weatherproof coat. The under coat is dense and consists of finer hairs. The
outer coat is woolly and thick with erect hairs.
Breed Description Head: Strong lines. Domed skull. Pronounced stop. Straight muzzle. Tight lips. Ears: Short, broad at the base, wide set, very mobile. Held erect. Eyes: Dark color. Body: Long. Moderately long neck. Ribs well sprung. Belly very slightly tucked up. Straight back. Tail: Moderate length or short. Thick. Often carried over the loin. Hair: Long, straight, dense. Shorter on the head and front of the legs. Collarette at the neck. Soft, thick undercoat. Coat: Solid or pied black or liver. Size: Dog: 45 to 50 cm (18-20 in).Bitch: 40 to 45 cm (16-18 in). Weight: 15 to 20 kg (33-44 lb).
History Originating in Finland, the Swedish Lapphund may be descended from the arctic wolf and the 7,000-year old Varanger Dog, which was
discovered in northern Norway. If this is true, the Swedish Lapphund may be the common ancestor of all spitz dogs. The Lapphund has
always been used to guard livestock and pull sleds. The breed has been popular in Switzerland for centuries but was not recognized
by the FCI until 1944.
Behavior In Sweden dogs have their temperament tested by a system called mentalbeskrivning. Results for the Swedish lapphund show a curious,
intrepid, and friendly breed which is playful and non-aggressive. They are easily trained, strong, and very devoted to their family. Early training is
essential to prevent excessive barking.
Health Hard work in the barren landscape of northern Scandinavia has created a very resilient breed.
Advice The Swedish Lapphund needs a lot of exercise and room to run. Regular brushing and combing is required.
Function The breed also has a number of certificated search and rescue dogs and army dogs. The Swedish lapphund is also a very multifaceted hunting
dog, mainly used for hunting elk and forest birds, but also deer, wild boar and bear. It is also a skilled tracking dog in searching for wounded or killed game.
In addition to their versatility as working animals, the breed is also extremely popular as a competitive show dog.