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Finnish Lapphund



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Finnish Lapphund puppy


Finnish Lapphund adult

As his name suggests, the Finnish Lapphund is native to Finland, and was originally used as a hunter and herder of reindeer, and as a guard dog by the Saami people of Northern Scandinavia.  

The Finnish Lapphund is a member of the spitz family of dogs and as such is believed to date back to 7000 BC. Spitz dogs have been seen in the cave paintings of this era.

The Finnish Lapphund is a medium-sized dog that stands up to 20 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder. Typical of dogs bred to withstand the harsh Arctic climate, he has a thick, coarse, water resistant, double coat that sheds twice (or more) per year. The coat comes in any colour as long as there is one dominant base colour. The light coloured hair around the eyes gives the Lapphund the effect of wearing glasses. 

For the Finnish people, working abilities and temperament of the Lapphund are more important than appearance. The Finnish Lapphund possesses an even tempered, friendly disposition and is extremely loyal and devoted to his family. He gets along well with people and other dogs, and is known to be a happy little clown who just loves kids!

As is typical of a working breed, he also possesses an independent streak and is quite capable of assessing a situation and making his own decisions!  Fortunately, his eager to please personality makes him easier than some breeds to train, and therefore he is an excellent candidate for obedience training and dog sports. Training with patience and sensitivity will ensure your Lapphund develops his wonderful mild mannered temperament.  As with all dogs, early socialization is important for the development of good manners.

As a working dog, he is used to a fair degree of activity and needs daily exercise and walking. This is a long-lived breed with a life span of 15 to 17 years.


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Johanne Parent, Fincaribou

British Columbia


Lorna Lupichuk
Box 578
Taylor BC  V0C 2K0
(250) 789-3339

Kevlor Finnish Lapphunds






Johanne Parent
Asbestos, QC  
(819) 452-3647



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