Finnish Lapphund



Arctic Spitz breed, the Finnish Lapphund was developed in Finland. These dogs are particularly adept for the protection of property and grazing reindeer. Nowadays, this breed retained its traditional role, but it is also a wonderful companion dog. The Finish Lapphund is not only popular in his native land, but also in other European countries. However, the Americas Finnish Lapphund are still quite uncommon. In 2011, this dog breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Height: 18-20 inches  Weight: 37-42 pounds  Lifespan: 12-14 years


The Finnish Lapphund is a hardy dog of medium size, strongly build. These animals are distinguished by their luxurious, imposing appearance. Finnish Lapphunds are active, agile, friendly and eager to learn. These dogs are somewhat submissive and have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Comparable Breed: The Japanese Spitz and Keeshond.


This is an extremely devoted pet. The Finish Lapphund communicates well with children, other dog breeds and even small pets. On the other hand, he is cold and reserved with strangers. Moreover, if they feel threatened, Finish Lapphunds will immediately warn the family about possible danger. Nonetheless, this breed is absolutely affectionate, bold and cheerful.

Coat / Care:

The Finnish Lapphund has a beautiful furry coat, consisting of two layers. The outer layer is waterproof, long, rich, hard and straight. The undercoat is fluffy and quite thick. While males are masculine, females are recognizably feminine. The most common coat colors are black and tan. This breed sheds heavily once a year. Finnish Lapphunds require regular cleaning, and special attention should be paid to this procedure during the shedding season. Bathing is allowed only in case of urgent need. Teeth should be brushed regularly. In general, these dogs are absolutely healthy. But, like any other breed, the Finish Lapphund can be prone to hereditary cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Finnish Lapphunds are tolerant to extremely low temperatures.


This noisy breed needs to undergo socialization and obedience training at a young age. As dogs of this breed are easily distracted, lessons should be short, yet dynamic and varied. Also, the coach must be firm, fair and consistent.


This is a very active breed that requires a corresponding active owner. The Finnish Lapphund thrives well on the farm or in a large fenced yard, especially if he has a job to do. Finnish Lapphunds excel at various disciplines, such as agility, obedience, search and rescue. Furthermore, they are often used in Canistherapy.

Photo credit: Adrian Hollister/Flickr

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