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

"Find similarities and differences between Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder" Compare Finnish Lapphund and Swedish Lapphund. Which is better: Finnish Lapphund or Swedish Lapphund or Lapponian Herder?
Name Finnish Lapphund Swedish Lapphund Lapponian Herder
OriginsFinland Sweden Finland
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Companion Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank173328228
Reviews104
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Other Names Lapinkoira, Suomenlapinkoira Svensk lapphund Lapland Reindeer Dog, Reindeer Herder, Lapinporokoira
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. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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 American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
No set
Price $600-$800 $400-$600 $600-$800

General Appearance - Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder

Size Medium Medium Medium
Weight 37-42 pounds (17-19 kg) Male: 40-44 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16–18 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight 39.5 pounds (18 kg) Male: 42 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 39.5 pounds (16–18 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg)
Height Female: 16–19 inches (41–47 cm), Male: 18–20 inches (46–52 cm) Male: 18-20 inches (45-51 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm) Male: 19–21 inches (48–54 cm), Female: 17–19 inches (43–49 cm)
Avg. Height Female: 16–19 inches (41–47 cm), Male: 18–20 inches (46–52 cm) Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm) Male: 20 inch (51 cm), Female: 19 inch (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder

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

Characteristics - Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder

Temperament Calm
Faithful
Keen
Courageous
Friendly
Affectionate
Kind
Trainable
Alert
Lively
Versatile
Calm
Energetic
Vocal
Docile
Friendly
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Swedish Lapphund's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Lapponian Herder is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Finnish Lapphunds are easy to train.
Swedish Lapphunds are quite easy to train.
Lapponian Herders are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Finnish Lapphund is a playful breed.
The Swedish Lapphund is a highly playful breed.
The Lapponian Herder is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Finnish Lapphunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Swedish Lapphunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Lapponian Herders are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Finnish Lapphunds need for social interaction is average.
Swedish Lapphunds are a social breed.
Lapponian Herders are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Finnish Lapphund is a very vocal breed.
High: The Swedish Lapphund is a very vocal breed.
High: The Lapponian Herder is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Finnish Lapphunds are one of the best watchdogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are good watchdogs.
Lapponian Herders are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Finnish Lapphunds are average defenders.
Swedish Lapphunds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Lapponian Herders strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Finnish Lapphund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Swedish Lapphund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lapponian Herder has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Finnish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Swedish 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Finnish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Swedish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Lapponian Herder is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Finnish Lapphunds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Lapponian Herders have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Swedish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Lapponian Herders are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Finnish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Swedish 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.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Swedish Lapphunds 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.
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.
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 Swedish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder

Stranger Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are average friendly towards cats.
Swedish Lapphunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Finnish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Swedish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Lapponian Herder is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Lapponian Herders are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Finnish Lapphunds are generally with other pets.
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Lapponian Herders are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Finnish Lapphunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Swedish Lapphunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Lapponian Herders are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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
Swedish Lapphund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Lapponian Herder 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 Swedish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder

Health Issues
Finnish Lapphunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems No set Allergies
Ear Infections
Eye Infections
No set
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-13 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Finnish Lapphunds are high energy dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Lapponian Herders are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Finnish Lapphunds need a lot of exercises.
Swedish Lapphunds need quite a lot of exercise.
Lapponian Herders need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Finnish Lapphunds don't need too much sleep.
Swedish Lapphunds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Lapponian Herders 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. 1.5 to 2.5 cups 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average to High.
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 Swedish Lapphund can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even 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.
Stinkiness Medium
The Finnish Lapphund has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Swedish Lapphund has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Lapponian Herder has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Finnish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Swedish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Lapponian Herder is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Finnish Lapphund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Lapponian Herder

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 4-6 puppies 3-5 puppies

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