Thinking about purchasing an Swedish Lapphund? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Swedish Lapphund breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Swedish Lapphund owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Swedish Lapphund and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Swedish Lapphund Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Swedish Lapphund and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Swedish Lapphund Profile
Swedish Lapphunds are a medium sized dog with profuse fur and a spitz-type tail. Their tails curl over the back like all the nordic-spitz tails do. They were developed thousands of years ago in the Scandinavian land of the Sami people. These people cultivated a breed that would herd and guard their precious reindeer. The Swedish Lapphund developed right along side the Finnish Lapphund, and both are from the same stock. They are muscular, rectangular-shaped dogs, appearing in the typical spitz fashion. Their natural prick ears are alert to sounds and their foxy muzzle was once often used for barking to let the reindeer know that they are a friend. Swedish Lapphunds have a double coat in which the outer coat is curly and dense while the under coat is long and straight. The coat is very long around the neck, at the backs of the legs and on the tail. The Swedish Lapphund comes in colors of black, brown or bear brown, with the occasional dash of white. Although cute and cuddly, the Swedish Lapphund has developed a barking habit due to its previous use. Lapphunds were supposed to bark all the time in order to differentiate themselves from silent, threatening animals that might've come around the reindeer. Therefore, they do bark a lot and potential owners should be warned. intelligent, trainable and friendly, the Swedish Lapphund is a rare find, literally!
Other Names: Suomenlapinkoira, Lapinkoira, Lapland Spitz, Lapplandska Spets
Type: Herding Dog
Height: 16 - 20
Lapps come in colors of black, brown, or bear brown. There may be white on the
paws, chest and tail tip. The predominant color should be black, brown or bear
Swedish Lapphund has an appealing demeanor. They are intelligent, trainable
and very friendly. Lapphunds can be stubborn in training, however. They are
well known for barking, as was their previous employment. Training is required
if they are to be taken into the public. The Swedish Lapphund very much enjoys
a cool climate and the outdoors. They love to work and demand vigorous exercise
mentally and physically. They do not like to be walked on a leash and will learn
better if they are not trained on one. The are affectionate, well disciplined
and faithful dogs. Kind, patient, lively and alert are characteristics of this
Watch-dog: High. They make
excellent watch dogs.
Care and Exercise: The
Lapinkoira needs excessive exercise in order to keep in shape.
They are very physical dogs and require a great amount of hard work every day.
Typically the Swedish Lapphund should be walked for 3 hours a day if they are
kept in the city where no herding or guarding jobs are available. Ears, nails
and teeth should be checked periodically.
Activity: Medium to High.
Swedish Lapphund Health Issues: Epilepsy and hip dysplasia. Like most rare breeds, they have been so isolated and under-bred that they carry almost no genetic defects.
Life Span: 12 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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