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Finnish Lapphund

The reindeer herder from Finland

Breed
FCI-5
Spitz and Primitive types
FCI CKC KC
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Original Name : Suomenlapinkoira

Type : Lupoid

Male size : Ideally, 19½ inches

Female size : Ideally, 17½ inches

Degree of grooming :

Countries of origin : Finland

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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.

Head+

Solid, rather broad.

lupoid

Body+

Broad, muscular, but only slightly marked withers, strong, straight back, short, muscular loins.

lupoid

Coat+

All colors are acceptable. Base color must be dominant.

lupoid

Ears+

Medium-sized, carried pricked or semi-pricked, set well apart, rather broad at the base, triangular, highly mobile.

lupoid

Tail+

Set rather high, medium length, covered in long, abundant hair.

lupoid

Hair+

Abundant, especially in males, which should have a luxurious mane.

lupoid

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.

Did you know ?

Finnish Lapphunds were originally shepherd and guard dogs used to watch over reindeer. Nowadays, their easy-going character makes them very good companion dogs.

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