Thinking about purchasing an Finnish 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 Finnish 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 Finnish 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 Finnish 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 Finnish 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 Finnish Lapphund and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Finnish Lapphund Profile
Bearing high resemblance to the Samoyed and Keeshond, the Finnish Lapphund is one of two versions of the same breed. The general breed, the Lapphund, originally existed in in Scandinavia, then trickled down to both Sweden and Finland. To avoid confusion with the name, both countries simply named the same dog after their own country. Thus exists the Finnish Lapphund and the Swedish Lapphund, varying only slightly in size. The Finnish Lapphund is a medium sized dog that is compact and well built. They are covered with a bushy double coat that can protect against the most severe Finnish weather. Their tails come up over the back and curl, and they can be of any color. Finnish Lapphunds are known to have a distinct marking sometimes appearing around the eyes known as "spectacles". A small circle of fur around the eyes is colored lighter than the rest of the fur, creating the appearance of glasses. They have a foxy-type muzzle, profuse fur and short triangular ears. Finnish Lapphunds are very friendly, weather-resistant and naturally good at alarming their masters, as they bark at unusual occurrences. They have more recently become family pets due to their friendly nature, but were once used for reindeer herding. They have a natural instinct to herd, although this trait has diminished with lack of use. Finnish Lapphunds are intelligent, trainable and enjoy a cool climate. Pleasant and obedient, the Finnish Lapphund makes an excellent companion or herding dog.
Other Names: Lapinkoira, Suomenlapinkoira, Lapland Dog
16 - 20.5 inches.
Colors: 20.5 Finnish
Lapphunds come in any color, usually with one color predominating. Any white
markings are small and symmetrical. It may have markings on the face, neck,
stomach and tail. Some wear "spectacles", lighter colored fur around the eys.
Lapphunds are friendly, intelligent and vocal. They like to bark at unusual
things, making them an ideal watch dog. They have an instinct to herd, although
it may be more diminished than it used to be. They are said to "think before
they act", taking time to think before they obey. They are quiet obedient, however,
and highly trainable. They can sometimes be stubborn, and highly enjoy the cold
outdoors. Finnish Lapphunds are courageous, brave and affectionate. They are
lively, agile, wary of strangers, and energetic. They love the affection of
their owners, and often have a sense of humor in their exuberance. They can
be independent, and should be trained from the moment they are brought home.
Watch-dog: High. Finnish
Lapphunds are alert and will bark at anything unusual.
Care and Exercise:
Regular brushing is required for their bushy
coat, but for such a large coat the care is only moderate. For a long haired
dog, they are generally low-maintenance. They should receive plenty of exercise,
however, as they are an active breed. They will often receive adequate exercise
simply from running around the house as a puppy.
Activity: Medium to high.
Finnish Lapphund Health Issues: Although a relatively healthy breed, the Finnish Lapphund may suffer from GPRA (Generalized Progressive Retinal Atrophy), as well as cataracts.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years,
though it is not uncommon to see Finnish Lapphunds live up to 16 or 17.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for AKC)
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Monday, August 19, 2013