Finnish Lapphund

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Finnish Lapphund

ORIGIN

The Finnish Lapphund is a hardy, easy going, medium-size breed of Spitz type. Traditionally it has been used for herding reindeer. Although it is one of the most popular dog breeds in its native country, Finland, it is not very numerous outside of the Nordic countries.

TEMPERAMENT

The Finnish Lapphund is a very intelligent and active breed. Finnish Lapphunds take well to training due to their intelligence. The breed is friendly and alert, and makes a good watch dog, due to its tendency to bark at unfamiliar things. The breed is friendly and alert, and makes a good watch dog, due to its tendency to bark at unfamiliar things. Finnish Lapphunds have a gentle nature with children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Average. The Finnish Lapphund can compete in dog agility trials, carting, mushing , obedience , Rally obedience, showmanship, flyball, tracking, and herding events. Herding instincts and trainability can be measured at non-competitive herding tests. Lapphunds exhibiting basic herding instincts can be trained to compete in herding trials.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

From 46 to 52 cm (M) and 41 to 47 cm (F) / Between 15 and 24 kg.

COAT

The Lapphund has a profuse double coat, with a short, fluffy undercoat and a longer topcoat. The coat makes the dog waterproof as well as resistant to extreme cold. In Finland, only two dog breeds are legally allowed to be kenneled outdoors in winter: the Finnish Lapphund and the Lapponian herder .

COLOR

Any variety of color.

GROOMING

Although the coat is profuse, it requires only a modest amount of maintenance. Weekly brushing is recommended throughout the year, except during shedding seasons, where a daily brush may be required.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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