Original Name : Suomenlapinkoira
Type : Lupoid
Male size : Ideally, 19½ inches
Female size : Ideally, 17½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Finland
Finnish Lapphunds are alert, brave, calm and dedicated dogs with a reputation for calmness and reliability. They are a little below average size, but robustly built. Slightly longer than they are tall at the withers, they have a long, thick coat and erect ears.
Solid, rather broad.
Broad, muscular, but only slightly marked withers, strong, straight back, short, muscular loins.
All colors are acceptable. Base color must be dominant.
Medium-sized, carried pricked or semi-pricked, set well apart, rather broad at the base, triangular, highly mobile.
Set rather high, medium length, covered in long, abundant hair.
Abundant, especially in males, which should have a luxurious mane.
The Sami of northern Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia used dogs of the same type as the Finnish Lapphund to guard reindeer for centuries. The first standard was published by the Finnish Kennel Club in 1945, under the name Lappish Herder. The standard has been adapted several times down the decades and in 1993 the name was changed to the Finnish Lapphund. Nowadays, the breed is popular throughout Finland as a companion dog.