Finnish Lapphund Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Finnish Lapphund so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginFinland flagFinland
Other Names
What other names does the Finnish Lapphund have?
SuomenlapinkoiraLapinkoira
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Finnish Lapphund Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Finnish Lapphund puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Finnish Lapphund?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Finnish Lapphund, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Finnish Lapphund for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Finnish Lapphund gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Finnish Lapphund? How many Finnish Lapphund are there in the world?
Frequent: The Finnish Lapphund is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Finnish Lapphund Size

Size
Is a Finnish Lapphund small, medium or large dog?

How big do Finnish Lapphund get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Finnish Lapphund weigh? How much should the Finnish Lapphund breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Finnish Lapphund?
37-42 pounds (17-19 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Finnish Lapphund?
39.5 pounds (18 kg)
Height
How tall is the Finnish Lapphund? Finnish Lapphund height:
Female: 16–19 inches (41–47 cm), Male: 18–20 inches (46–52 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Finnish Lapphund?
Female: 16–19 inches (41–47 cm), Male: 18–20 inches (46–52 cm)

Finnish Lapphund Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Finnish Lapphund have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Fluffy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Finnish Lapphund's coat?
BrownTanBlondeCreamWolfSableBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Finnish Lapphund and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Finnish Lapphund requires grooming on a daily basis.

Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule.

Taking good care of your Finnish Lapphund is time-consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Finnish Lapphund dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Suomenlapinkoira?
Finnish Lapphunds are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Finnish Lapphund need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Finnish Lapphund every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Finnish Lapphund Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Finnish Lapphund have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CalmFaithfulKeenCourageousFriendly
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Finnish Lapphund? Is the Finnish Lapphund breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Finnish Lapphund obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Finnish Lapphund ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Finnish Lapphund dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Finnish Lapphunds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Finnish Lapphund is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Finnish Lapphund sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Finnish Lapphunds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Finnish Lapphund a good family dog?
High: Finnish Lapphunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Suomenlapinkoira need? Finnish Lapphund social needs:
Finnish Lapphunds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Finnish Lapphund dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Suomenlapinkoira bark?
A lot: Finnish Lapphund is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Watchdog Ability
Is Finnish Lapphund good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Finnish Lapphunds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Finnish Lapphund dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Finnish Lapphund dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Finnish Lapphunds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Finnish Lapphund bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Suomenlapinkoira? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Finnish Lapphund? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Finnish Lapphund has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Finnish Lapphund has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Finnish Lapphund? How much bite force does a Finnish Lapphund have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Finnish Lapphund bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Finnish Lapphund, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Finnish Lapphund do?
Finnish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Finnish Lapphunds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Finnish Lapphund to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Finnish Lapphund roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Finnish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Finnish Lapphund have high prey drive?
Finnish Lapphunds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Finnish Lapphunds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Finnish Lapphund good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Finnish Lapphund breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Finnish Lapphund indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Finnish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Finnish Lapphund be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Finnish Lapphund Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Finnish Lapphund temperament with other people:
Finnish Lapphunds are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Finnish Lapphund dogs get along with other pets? Are Finnish Lapphund dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Finnish Lapphunds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Finnish Lapphund dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Finnish Lapphund temperament with children:
Finnish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Finnish Lapphund dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Finnish Lapphund breed live with a cat?
Finnish Lapphunds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Finnish Lapphund good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Finnish Lapphund dogs get along with other dogs?
Finnish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Finnish Lapphund can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Finnish Lapphund breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Finnish Lapphund breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Finnish Lapphunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Finnish Lapphunds good office dogs? Do Finnish Lapphunds make good office friendly dogs? Can Finnish Lapphunds be office dogs?
No
Finnish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Finnish Lapphund dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Suomenlapinkoira temperament with senior people? Are Finnish Lapphund dogs good for elderly owners?
Finnish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Finnish Lapphund Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Finnish Lapphund dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Finnish Lapphunds tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Finnish Lapphund breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Finnish Lapphund see the vet?
Frequent
The Finnish Lapphund should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Finnish Lapphund dogs live? How old can a Finnish Lapphund be? What is the age limit of the Finnish Lapphund? How many years can the oldest Finnish Lapphund live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Finnish Lapphund?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Finnish Lapphund: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Finnish Lapphund breed hypoallergenic?
No
Finnish Lapphunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Finnish Lapphund have? What is the activity level of the Finnish Lapphund?
Finnish Lapphunds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Finnish Lapphund need? How much exercise do Finnish Lapphund dogs require per day?
Finnish Lapphunds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Finnish Lapphund breed need?
Finnish Lapphunds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Finnish Lapphund need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Finnish Lapphund breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Finnish Lapphund? How much food should I feed my Finnish Lapphund?
2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Finnish Lapphund risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Finnish Lapphund's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Finnish Lapphund's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Finnish Lapphund can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Finnish Lapphund has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Finnish Lapphund drool?
The Finnish Lapphund is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Finnish Lapphund could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Finnish Lapphund.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Finnish Lapphund As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Finnish Lapphund be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Finnish Lapphund is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Finnish Lapphund be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Finnish Lapphund be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Finnish Lapphund is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Finnish Lapphund be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.

Finnish Lapphund is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Finnish Lapphund be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Finnish Lapphund is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Finnish Lapphund be a boat dog?

Not really

Finnish Lapphund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Finnish Lapphund be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Finnish Lapphund is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Finnish Lapphund dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Finnish Lapphund Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Finnish Lapphund pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Finnish Lapphund breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Finnish Lapphund: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Finnish Lapphund have in a litter? How many puppies can the Finnish Lapphund breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Finnish Lapphund have? How many puppies can a Finnish Lapphund give birth to?
2-9 puppies

Finnish Lapphund Recognition

AKC Group
Is Finnish Lapphund recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2011 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Finnish Lapphund recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.

Finnish Lapphund Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Finnish Lapphunds are easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Finnish Lapphund is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Finnish Lapphunds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Finnish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Finnish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Finnish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Finnish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Finnish Lapphunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Finnish Lapphunds tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Finnish Lapphunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Finnish Lapphund breed in the home.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Shedding Level: Finnish Lapphunds are heavy shedders.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Finnish Lapphund's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Finnish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Finnish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: Finnish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Finnish Lapphund History

Originally these Spitz-type companions were bred by the Sami people who are an indigenous group now divided in northern counties. They considered standardizing the breed before WWII since it almost went extinct due to a distemper outbreak. Luckily they were able to set the standards in 1945 by the Finnish Kennel Club. In 1950 they have created the standards of the dog breed involving accepted colors such as black, bear brown, and white. They are considered to be large, long, and narrow-headed. 

A new phase of their breeding has begun in the 1970s, setting newly accepted standards in 1975. They have changed the breed size, reducing it for both male and female dogs. They also stated that now every color of the dog is accepted with the only stipulation that one of those colors must dominate most of the dog. Secondary colors are accepted on their head, neck, chest, underside of the body, and legs. The highest ever number of the breed has been measured in 2018, counting 1464 altogether. Now we can get to know them better.

 

This breed is waterproof and has been bred to hunt reindeer and is now popular all over the Arctic circle. They are known to be one of the friendliest breeds in the world which name they won with their remarkable empathy. They have a Spitz-like face and a tough coat which isn’t surprising looking at their origin. Their tail is curving over their back and is middle-sized with a big amount of muscle covering them all over their bodies. They are quick which is also needed in their field of work, they can go into a gallop in seconds. They are known to be very submissive but wary of strangers. They are known to be barkers and they shed a lot but their amazing traits and bubbly nature make them very popular.

They are considered to be healthy but there are some conditions that owners need to look out for. Dysplasia is one of them because of its size. Other diseases could be retinal atrophy which is an illness of the eye and their ears are quite prone to infections. If the owner looks out for their pet and at the earliest sign of any disease or disorder brings their dog to the vet it can live a long and happy life.

 

They have a double coat which is a smooth outer coat over a dense undercoat. Weekly brushing is necessary if we want our companion to look its best. Shaving this breed is a big no-no, it will make them lose their ability to keep cool in warm weather and warm in cold weather.

A long walk is often enough to keep the breed happy and healthy. They are not so much playful alone, as a herding dogs, they tend to enjoy exercise that stimulates herding so they can have their best time. They also enjoy other canine sports such as agility, obedience, rally, or tracking. Like other herding breeds they are quick to learn but can be strong-willed so it’s best to start their socialization at a young age.

It’s a surprising fact but they are one of the two dogs in Finland that are allowed to be kept outdoors in the winter legally.  

This breed is almost exclusive to people of the north but if you want to have a unique and extremely friendly companion you should consider them on your list.

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Finnish Lapphund Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Delta

    Feb 14, 2021, 1:23:53 AM:

    Other than being mouthy she is very intelligent and learns fast. Loves to give hugs and kisses.