The Finnish Lapphund is a hardy, easy going, medium-size breed of Spitz type. Traditionally it has been used for herding reindeer and keeping children warm in Sami-tents with their thick coats. In the Netherlands they are mostly used as pet dogs. Although it is one of the most popular dog breeds in its native country, Finland, it is not very numerous outside of the Nordics countries.

The Finnish Lapphund is a medium sized, strongly build dog. It is slightly longer than it is high at the withers. It has a profuse long double coat with pricked, highly mobile ears. The coat is a double long coat, with a short, fluffy/wool undercoat and a longer, coarse topcoat. This coat makes the dog waterproof as well as resistant to extreme cold. With the males the profuse hair around the head and neck gives the distinct impression of a mane. The coat needs only a modest amount of maintenance.

The breed standard height is 46 to 52 centimeters for a male and 41 to 47 centimeters for a female, but the type is more important than the size. A typical male of 49cm height normally weighs 17 to 19 kilograms, but the breed has a weight range of 15-24 kilos range, depending on the size and bone of the dog.

Learn more about our view on the Finnish Lapphunds via this interview (Dutch):

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