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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.

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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OriginFinland
Other Names
What other names does the Finnish Lapphund have? The dog breed also known as...
Lapinkoira, Suomenlapinkoira
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
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.
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? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Finnish Lapphund price:
$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.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Finnish Lapphund size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Finnish Lapphund weigh? Finnish Lapphund weight:
37-42 pounds (17-19 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Finnish Lapphund? Finnish Lapphund average weight:
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)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Finnish Lapphund average height:
Female: 16–19 inches (41–47 cm), Male: 18–20 inches (46–52 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Finnish Lapphund have? What does this canine coat 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 Lapinkoira? Finnish Lapphund shedding level:
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.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Finnish Lapphund have? What characteristics does the breed have?
CalmFaithfulKeenCourageousFriendly
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Finnish Lapphund? Are they intelligent?
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 for 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.
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?
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 considered as a 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 Lapinkoira 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? Why does my Suomenlapinkoira bark?
High: The Finnish Lapphund is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Finnish Lapphund good as a watchdog?
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.
Territorial
Do Finnish Lapphund dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
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 his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Finnish Lapphund bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Lapinkoira? 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.)
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?
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?
Finnish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
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
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Finnish Lapphund dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Finnish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Finnish Lapphund dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Finnish Lapphund and 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?
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? What is this canine temperament 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.
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 Lapinkoira temperament with senior people? Are Finnish Lapphund dogs good for elderly owners?
Finnish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Finnish Lapphund breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Finnish Lapphunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Finnish Lapphund be a service dog?
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?
Not really
This breed 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 to 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
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
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. The Finnish Lapphund is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Finnish Lapphund dogs have health problems?
Finnish Lapphunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Finnish Lapphund dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Finnish Lapphund be?
12-15 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?
Finnish Lapphunds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog 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 this fido 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.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Finnish Lapphund need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
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 & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Finnish Lapphund can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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 for 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 minimal 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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Finnish Lapphund pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Finnish Lapphund pregnancy time period:
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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Finnish Lapphund have a litter? 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-9 puppies

Pros & Cons of Finnish Lapphund

Pros
  • Trainability: Finnish Lapphunds are easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Finnish Lapphund is a perfect example for 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.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Finnish Lapphunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Finnish Lapphunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Finnish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Shedding Level: Finnish Lapphunds are heavy shedders.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: Finnish Lapphunds 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.
  • Office Friendly: Finnish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Finnish Lapphunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • 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.