Finnish Lapphund

The Finnish Lapphund is an athletic dog of a medium size. They have a long topcoat which is coarse and a fluffy short undercoat. The hair on their necks and head is thicker then the rest of their body which makes them seem a little like a majestic lion with a full mane.

Other Names
Lappy
Country of Origin
Norodic Countries
Colour
Colours include white, red, black, sable, wolf-sable and brown.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
On average dogs stand at 46 - 50cms at the withers and weigh 21 - 23kgs, bitches average at height is 41 - 46cms from the withers and weigh 18 - 20kgs.
Health
Some Finnish Lapphunds might have genetic predispositions to eye problems like progressive retinal atrophy PRA. Due to their highly active nature Lappies may also be prone to joint problems such as hip dysplasia.
Life Span
10-14 years
Intelligence
The Finnish Lapphund is an intelligent breed who enjoys short and frequent activities so they don't become bored. They are known to be great at agility and fly-ball competitions due to their intelligence and physical prowess.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

Though they exercise a lot the Finnish Lapphund don't require a large amount of food.

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
An athletic and energetic breed, the Finnish Lapphund requires a large amount of exercise and mental stimulation. A daily walk and chance to run around is necessary but your Lappy will make a great jogging companion.
Ailments
Some Finnish Lapphunds might have genetic predispositions to eye problems like progressive retinal atrophy PRA. Due to their highly active nature Lappies may also be prone to joint problems such as hip dysplasia.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The thick coat of the Finnish Lapphund will require frequent grooming and maintenance. At least twice a week you will need to comb and brush their coats at least twice a week and more frequently again when they are shedding. The undercoat is so thick that it can have a tendency to matt which can cause great discomfort to the poor dog.

Grooming Frequency
Twice a week
Trimming
Heavy
The Finnish Lapphund were initially used as reindeer herders by the indigenous people in Nordic countries like Sweden, Finland, Russia and Norway. Prior to WWII Sweden and Norway set the standard, but after the breed became dangerously close to extinction due to a distemper outbreak. The Finnish Kennel Club initially set the breed standard, naming it the Lappish Herder, but it was re-assessing, becoming the name we know it by now in 1967.


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