Finnish Lapphund, Suomenlapinkoira

The Finnish Lapphund is an ancient breed of herding dogs that have been used for centuries to herd reindeer in Fennoscandia (Scandinavian Peninsula, the Kola Peninsula, Karelia and Finland.) The word "Lapphund" means "dog of Lapland", the land inhabited by the Arctic indigenous Sami people. Today, Finnish Lapphunds are most commonly seen as family pets, although many breeders continue to promote the working aspects of this breed. The Lapphund Club of Finland was established in 1970 and covers the interests of Laponian Herders, Swedish Lapphunds and Finnish Lapphunds.

Finnish Lapphund, Suomenlapinkoira

In appearance, the Finnish Lapphund looks like a typical spitz. The coat consists of a straight, harsh outercoat and a soft and dense undercoat. On the head and frontside of the legs the coat is shorter than on the rest of the body. There is an abundant mane, especially in males. The tail is set high and is covered with profuse hair. All colors are accepted in this breed. According to the breed standard, the ideal height is between 16 and 20.5 inches

Finnish Lapphund, Suomenlapinkoira
Photo courtesy of Kennel Villi-Joikhu From left to right: Villi-Joikhu Ilonsykähdys Deisi,
Villi-Joikhu Super-Säpinä Dixi,
Villi-Joikhu Nappisilmä Dina

The Finnish Lapphund is lively, alert, courageous, calm and willing to learn. Friendly and faithful, he also makes a good watchdog. In general, this is not a noisy breed. He enjoys the company of children, other dogs, and even cats. Those not socialized with cats, however, may view them as a substitute squirrel and may chase them. They like to dig. In the cold in Finland, they dig holes in the snow and burrow under it, making deep dens to protect them from the cold and wind. Watch out for their attempts to redisgn your garden or lawn. (Photo courtesy of Kennel Villi-Joikhu)


  1. FCI-Standard # 189
  2. Toni Jackson. Finnish Lapphund
  3. Lapphund Club of Finland

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