Dog Breed

Finnish Lapphund

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Full Name
Finnish Lapphund
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Life Span
12 - 15 years years
33 - 53 pounds

Friendly, Keen, Faithful, Calm, Courageous. A rare breed, that is mainly found in Finland and the nordic countries. Visually they are very similar to huskies, but raised for herding reindeer, so have a different mentality. They eager to please their owner, and can be trained well.

Bred For
Herding reindeer
Family Considerations
Child Friendly

Is the Finnish Lapphund good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

Stranger Friendly

Is the Finnish Lapphund friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

Dog Friendly

Is the Finnish Lapphund friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

Likes to Cuddle

Does the Finnish Lapphund like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.


Does the Finnish Lapphund like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

Service Dog Ability

Does the Finnish Lapphund make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

Overall Ease of Breed
Ease for Novice

Is the Finnish Lapphund good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

Training Potential

How well can the Finnish Lapphund be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Finnish Lapphund. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

Amount of Shedding

Does the Finnish Lapphund shed a lot?

Ease of Grooming

Is the Finnish Lapphund easy to groom?

Exercise Need

Does the Finnish Lapphund need a lot of exercise?


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Amount of Barking

How much does the Finnish Lapphund bark? Does the Finnish Lapphund bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

Guard Dog Ability

Is the Finnish Lapphund a good guard dog?

Tolerates Being Alone

Is the Finnish Lapphund good at staying alone? Is the Finnish Lapphund independent?

Home and Environment Considerations
Good for Apartment Living

Is the Finnish Lapphund a good apartment dog? Can the Finnish Lapphund live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.


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Tolerates Heat

How much does the Finnish Lapphund tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Finnish Lapphund?

Tolerates Cold

How much does the Finnish Lapphund tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Finnish Lapphund?

Potential to Run Away

Does the Finnish Lapphund try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

Physical Characteristics
General Health

Is the Finnish Lapphund a healthy dog? The general health of a Finnish Lapphund should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

Energy Level

How energetic is the Finnish Lapphund? Is the Finnish Lapphund too energetic for your lifestyle?

Amount of Drooling

How much does the Finnish Lapphund drool?

Prey Drive

Does the Finnish Lapphund have a large prey drive? Does the Finnish Lapphund like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.


Is the Finnish Lapphund atheltic? Is the Finnish Lapphund fast and strong?

The Finnish Lapphund is a purebred dog that belongs to the Spitz sub group, which falls under the larger Herding dog breed group.
Herding group: The Herding group dogs all share an instinctual ability to control the movement of other animals. They have traditionally been raised on farms to help herd and protect valuable livestock. They are intelligent, and have been bred to treat each day like they have a "job" they must do. Their innate herding ability is such a big part of who they are, that they are known to even "herd" their owners, children, or other small dogs. Some can seem stubborn and even obsessed with their herding, since they take it seriously! They have high expectations, and must be stimulated mentally just as much as physically. The reward to these "high expectations" is that they can be trained very well, and are oftentimes used in competitions. Certain breeds such as the well known German Shepard are also used by Police forces, because of their discipline, intelligence, and ability to be trained.
Spitz sub-group: Spitz breeds are some of the dog world's most ancient dogs. They have a distinct wolf-like appearance with pointy ears, and a heavy double coat, and a big bushy tail that curls over the back. The majority of them are perfect for cold climates, as they originate from the Nordics, Russia, and Canada. There are many spitz type of breeds, and sometimes it is debated which dogs are "true spitz" breeds. Spitz dogs love the outdoors and love adventure.

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