Breed Information Centre

Finnish Lapphund

Description

Illustration of Finnish Lapphund

For centuries the Sami of Northern Finland used dogs of this type to guard and herd reindeer. In 1945 the Finnish Kennel Club recognised the breed as the Lappish Herder but in 1993 the breed gained its present title. The breed is now popular through his native country as a companion dog.

Breed Group
Pastoral
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Medium
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
Medium
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Small/Medium
Lifespan
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.


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