Breed review: Finnish Lapphund

Posted by Cyril. August 1st 2015.

Smart, friendly and always alert, the Finnish Lapphund is the perfect family companion. Boasting an active personality and an intelligent mind, they are lovable and very affectionate. Put simply, this is a home dog which just loves its owner and enjoys being surrounded by a loving family.


A pedigree white adult Finnish Lapphund dog

The History of the Finnish Lapphund

The Finnish Lapphund was originally kept by the semi-nomadic people while inhabiting the far reaches of the Arctic north, Lapland and Finland. The primary role of the Lapphund was to help its owners herd reindeer, but the invention of the snowmobile ended this tradition.

It wasn’t until the 1940s that interest in preserving the breed led to the writing of a new breed standard, which was eventually accepted by the Finnish Kennel Club in 1945 when a breeding programme was introduced.

To begin with, the dogs were called Lapponian Shepherd Dogs, but in 1967 the two types were declared as different breeds, with long-haired dogs becoming known as the Finnish Lapphund and the short-haired ones known as Lapponian Shepherd Dogs.

What’s its personality like?

The Lapphund breed is quick, crafty and can be quite noisy when they need to be, a throwback to their original function as herders of reindeer.

However, while the Lapphund is happy to control, they are also a calm breed which is surprisingly submissive and friendly despite their past. Sometime a little shy in front of people they don’t know, they will never be aggressive. But if you don’t want them to annoy your neighbours with their loud voice, you’ll need to train yours when it’s okay to bark and when it’s not.

Because the Finnish Lapphund is energetic, you should plan to exercise them for at least 20 to 30 minutes once a day, more if possible. They love a good walk or run, or even a hike. Fortunately, after a good walk and a game of ‘fetch’ they will be more than happy to chill out in front of the TV for a few hours.


A gorgeous Finnish Lapphund puppy

If you’re looking for an energetic playmate for your little ones, you’re also in luck as this sturdy dog is the perfect gentle giant to provide your kids with endless hours of fun.

It is recommended you begin training your Lapphund as early as possible because even at eight weeks old they are believed to be capable of soaking up knowledge and learning.

How to groom your Finnish Lapphund

The Lapphund has an extremely thick coat which sheds seasonally and will therefore require regular brushing in order to keep flying fur well and truly under control. Try to brush their coat on a weekly basis to keep it clean and remove any dead hairs.

Trim their nails as needed, probably every few weeks or so, and be sure to keep their ears squeaky clean and dry to prevent any nasty infections. You should begin grooming your Finnish Lapphund from a young age so they understand this is a normal part of life.

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