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!
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.