A northern breed, Finnish Lapphund is a smart dog of dominating temperament much like to shepherd dogs. This breed enjoys outdoor lifestyle while being soft, sweet, polite, affectionate, expressive, charming and delighted family companion. Usually referred as teddy bears, these dogs get along well with other pets at home besides curious to strangers, they make perfect watchdogs. The breed barks a lot while working but remains calm, friendly and obedient when amongst the family. They need healthy exercises daily, while quite demanding in socialization training. Additionally, they are heavy shedder but grooming requirements are moderate.
The Finnish Lapphund is medium-sized smart and agile breed that combines northern heritage and herding instinct. The build is solid, boney and well muscled with powerful disposition. The fluffy dog is slightly longer in length than in height. The gait is graceful with shorter legs; they are adaptable for variety of terrain including extremely cold, snowy mountains. Its coat is profuse, long and thick to protect from severe weather conditions. The breed comes in black, blonde, tan and brown with several combinations.
The ancient herding dog of semi-nomadic peoples, Finnish Lapphunds was a much popular breed of sheepdogs in Northern region of Finland, Sweden and in some part of Russia. This breed is named after its area of origin “Lapland", in Finland's far north rather being lapdog. This dog was used to guard large flocks of reindeers and other cattle usually sitting aside of its herd. Some of its early applications include sledding and pulling carts on snow. The invention of snowmobiles and vans, the use of this dog reduced to a great extant but still holds strong herding instinct. Among the Scandinavia, they are still praised for being active sheepdog.
The Finnish Lapphund is easy going, medium-sized breed of spitz-type dogs. This dog has been used to herd reindeers from its early age. This breed is well known and appreciated by natives but still found rare outside the Nordic. This breed is intelligent and lively breed with great affection and love towards family and children. The Finnish dogs are extremely well with other dogs and cats while excellent protective and guardian of family. They are wary of strangers, sensitive to surroundings and alert while bark at unknown. The breed excels in competitive activities including trials, agility and obedience.
The breed is not usually barkers, they always bark with good reasons yet trainable to reduce such temperaments. Ideal companion of outdoors, this dog can afford freezing cold seasons, they can accompany you on walks, running, hiking and other snow sports. This dog is one of a very few breeds of dogs permitted to leave outdoors in Finland.
This breed is exemplary sociable in family yet demanding in training. They sometimes tend to decide their own. Keep them satisfied with their physical and mental stimulation by offering adequate chances for physical exercises. Remember an unsatisfied dog is dangerous in family with young kids; the dog may get rambunctious and would cause knock over young toddlers. On other hands the breed suffers separation anxiety if left alone for considerable long time. They are not suggested for apartment livings, a house with access to outdoor yard is much suited.
Owner Should Know
Generally Finnish Lapphund dogs are healthy, however some medial issues are reported which include Generalised progressive retinal atrophy (GPRA) and hereditary cataracts.
This breed is heavy shedder; you may have to vacuum clean your house. The breed needs brushing twice a week while seldom bath. Avoid brushing the dog when it is wet.
They are not recommended for apartment living. They are suitable for an open house with fenced around.
They are perfect family pets with extremely gentle treatment with children besides affordable with all other pets. They are inquisitive to strangers, thus form perfect watchdogs.
The breed is found rare outside its native town, while adapting this dog, be patient to get right puppy for you. It may cost time and price both.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.