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Finnish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder vs Icelandic Sheepdog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Finnish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder vs Icelandic Sheepdog" Compare Finnish Lapphund and Lapponian Herder. Which is better: Finnish Lapphund or Lapponian Herder or Icelandic Sheepdog?
Name Finnish Lapphund Lapponian Herder Icelandic Sheepdog
OriginsFinland Finland Iceland
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank173228144
Reviews142
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Other Names Lapinkoira, Suomenlapinkoira Lapland Reindeer Dog, Reindeer Herder, Lapinporokoira Icelandic Spitz, Iceland Dog, Íslenskur Fjárhundur, Islandsk Farehond, Friaar Dog, Canis Islandicus
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2011 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Breed Recognition No set No set American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $600-$800 $600-$800 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Finnish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder vs Icelandic Sheepdog

Size Medium Medium Medium
Weight 37-42 pounds (17-19 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) 20-30 pounds (9-14 kg)
Avg. Weight 39.5 pounds (18 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg) 25 pounds (11.5 kg)
Height Female: 16–19 inches (41–47 cm), Male: 18–20 inches (46–52 cm) Male: 19–21 inches (48–54 cm), Female: 17–19 inches (43–49 cm) 12-16 inches (31-41 cm)
Avg. Height Female: 16–19 inches (41–47 cm), Male: 18–20 inches (46–52 cm) Male: 20 inch (51 cm), Female: 19 inch (48.5 cm) 14 inches (36 cm)

Hair & Care - Finnish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder vs Icelandic Sheepdog

Coat Fluffy Double
Straight
Fluffy
Dense
Soft
Wavy
Thick
Straight
Colors Brown
Tan
Blonde
Cream
Wolf
Sable
Black
Brown
Gray
Black
White
Cream
Gold
Red
Chocolate
Fawn
Gray
Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Lapponian Herder doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Icelandic Sheepdog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Finnish Lapphunds are heavy shedders.
Lapponian Herders shed moderately.
Icelandic Sheepdogs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Finnish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder vs Icelandic Sheepdog

Temperament Calm
Faithful
Keen
Courageous
Friendly
Calm
Energetic
Vocal
Docile
Friendly
Agile
Cheerful
Alert
Energetic
Inquisitive
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: Lapponian Herder is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Finnish Lapphunds are easy to train.
Lapponian Herders are quite easy to train.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Finnish Lapphund is a playful breed.
The Lapponian Herder is a highly playful breed.
The Icelandic Sheepdog is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Finnish Lapphunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Lapponian Herders are highly affectionate dogs.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Finnish Lapphunds need for social interaction is average.
Lapponian Herders are a social breed.
Icelandic Sheepdogs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Finnish Lapphund is a very vocal breed.
High: The Lapponian Herder is a very vocal breed.
High: The Icelandic Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Finnish Lapphunds are one of the best watchdogs.
Lapponian Herders are good watchdogs.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Finnish Lapphunds are average defenders.
Lapponian Herders strongly protect their territory.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Finnish Lapphund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lapponian Herder has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Icelandic Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Finnish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Lapponian Herders have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Finnish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Lapponian Herder is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Icelandic Sheepdog is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Finnish Lapphunds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Lapponian Herders have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Icelandic Sheepdogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Lapponian Herders are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Finnish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Lapponian Herders adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Icelandic Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Lapponian Herders do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Finnish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder vs Icelandic Sheepdog

Stranger Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are average friendly towards strangers.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are very kid-friendly dogs.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are average friendly towards cats.
Lapponian Herders are average friendly towards cats.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are dog-friendly dogs.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Finnish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Lapponian Herder is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Icelandic Sheepdog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Lapponian Herders are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are generally with other pets.
Lapponian Herders are generally with other pets.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Finnish Lapphunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Lapponian Herders are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Icelandic Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Finnish Lapphund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Lapponian Herder breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Icelandic Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Finnish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder vs Icelandic Sheepdog

Health Issues
Finnish Lapphunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems No set No set Eye Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Finnish Lapphunds are high energy dogs.
Lapponian Herders are high energy dogs.
Icelandic Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Finnish Lapphunds need a lot of exercises.
Lapponian Herders need a lot of exercises.
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Finnish Lapphunds don't need too much sleep.
Lapponian Herders are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Icelandic Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Finnish Lapphund can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Lapponian Herder can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Icelandic Sheepdog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Finnish Lapphund has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Lapponian Herder has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Icelandic Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Finnish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Lapponian Herder is an average drooler.
The Icelandic Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Finnish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder vs Icelandic Sheepdog

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-9 puppies 3-5 puppies 4-8 puppies

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