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Swedish Lapphund Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginSweden
Other Names
What other names does the Swedish Lapphund have? The dog breed also known as...
Svensk lapphund
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Swedish Lapphund recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Swedish 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.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Swedish Lapphund breed?
American Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Swedish 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? Swedish Lapphund price:
$400-$600
If you choose to purchase the Swedish 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 Swedish Lapphund for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Swedish Lapphund gets to a happy place.

History

The Swedish Lapphund is thought to be the oldest native dog breed to Sweden, moreover it is presumed to be one of the ancient breeds in existence in the whole world. In some cultures, and myths, the breed is considered to be a descendant of the ancient, wild arctic wolf. The Swedish Lapphund was an important part of the indigenous Sami people’s tribe of Lapland, in the northern part of Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwest Russia. The breed was initially used as a hunting and guarding dog.

Later on, at some point in the 18th century, the Sami started to rely more on reindeer farming for their livelihoods, and the breed slowly began to show itself to be a capable pastoral breed, helping to guard and to herd the livestock. A unique characteristic of the Swedish Lapphund is the dogs’ usage of their vocal capabilities. It is presumed that the Sami tribes favoured the barking Lappies for two reasons: the reindeer knew the barking, they considered the dogs friends, not foes, and predators were deterred from coming too close or attacking the herds. The breed’s strikingly fox-like appearance, nevertheless its dark colouration, and it has the thick coat and bushy, curled tail common to all the Spitz breeds. Like other Nordic Spitz-types, including the Norwegian Elkhound and Finnish Lapphund, they can be traced back, using genetic studies, to a dog-wolf hybrid that developed in isolation to many of the other domesticated breeds.

The Swedish Lapphund was the first breed in Sweden to get registered with the Swedish Kennel Club, in 1893. Not long after that, in 1903 the Swedish Kennel Club had finally recognized the breed as a distinct one, separating them from the Finnish Lapphund, thus the Lappie finally earned official recognition. Despite of the breed’s early recognition, in the early 20th century, the Lappie’s numbers had decreased significantly, to the extent where the breed was believed to be on the brink of extinction by the 1930s. Then, a well-planned, strictly observed, and detailed breeding program had started with the intention of reviving the Swedish Lapphund. In 1944, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized the breed. They also gained recognition by the UKC (United Kennel Club), in 2006. Unfortunately, this was interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War. Consequently, the breeding process was not in progress until the 1960s. Even though, it was quite successful in regenerating the breed population back in the 20th century, the Swedish Lapphund is currently experiencing another fallback.

Their registration numbers in Scandinavian Kennel Clubs are showing a significant fall-over in the recent decades. Nowadays, the breed is considered to be a part of Sweden’s national patrimony, honouring the dogs as their official national breed. Therefore, the future of the breed is still very uncertain. The Swedish Lapphund is recorded in the AKC’s (American Kennel Club) Foundation Stock Service, which means a step forward in their official registration. Today, the breed remained in extreme rarity, with an estimate of approximately just 1000-1200 specimens worldwide, with the majority of them based in Scandinavia.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Swedish Lapphund size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Swedish Lapphund weigh? Swedish Lapphund weight:
Male: 40-44 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16–18 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Swedish Lapphund? Swedish Lapphund average weight:
Male: 42 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 39.5 pounds (16–18 kg)
Height
How tall is the Swedish Lapphund? Swedish Lapphund height:
Male: 18-20 inches (45-51 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Swedish Lapphund average height:
Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Swedish Lapphund have? What does this canine coat look like?
Fluffy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Swedish Lapphund's coat?
WhiteBrownBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Swedish Lapphund and how often?
Average: The Swedish Lapphund requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful 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 can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Swedish Lapphund, search for a 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 Swedish Lapphund dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Svensk lapphund? Swedish Lapphund shedding level:
Swedish 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 Swedish Lapphund have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateKindTrainableAlertLivelyVersatile
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Swedish Lapphund? Are they intelligent?
Average: Swedish Lapphund's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Swedish Lapphund dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Swedish Lapphunds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Swedish Lapphund is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Swedish Lapphund sensitivity:
Swedish Lapphunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Swedish 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 Svensk lapphund need? Swedish Lapphund social needs:
Swedish Lapphunds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Swedish Lapphund dogs bark a lot? Why does my Svensk lapphund bark?
High: The Swedish 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 Swedish Lapphund good as a watchdog?
Swedish Lapphunds are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Swedish Lapphunds will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Swedish Lapphund dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Swedish Lapphunds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Swedish Lapphund can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Swedish Lapphund will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Swedish Lapphund bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Svensk lapphund? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Swedish Lapphund? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Swedish 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 Swedish Lapphund do?
Swedish 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 Swedish Lapphunds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Swedish Lapphund to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Swedish Lapphund roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Swedish 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 Swedish Lapphund have high prey drive?
Swedish Lapphunds don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Swedish Lapphund good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Swedish 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?
Swedish 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?
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.
Fighting Dog
Where Swedish 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?
Swedish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Swedish Lapphund dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Swedish Lapphund and children:
Swedish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Swedish Lapphund dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Swedish Lapphunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Swedish Lapphund good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Swedish Lapphund dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Swedish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Swedish Lapphund can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Swedish Lapphunds good office dogs? Do Swedish Lapphunds make good office friendly dogs? Can Swedish Lapphunds be office dogs?
No
Swedish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Swedish Lapphund dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Svensk lapphund temperament with senior people? Are Swedish Lapphund dogs good for elderly owners?
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Swedish Lapphund dogs get along with other pets? Are Swedish Lapphund dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Swedish Lapphund breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Swedish Lapphunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Swedish 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). Swedish Lapphund is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Swedish 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. Swedish Lapphund is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Swedish 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. Swedish Lapphund is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Swedish 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 Swedish Lapphund is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Swedish Lapphund be a boat dog?
Not really
Swedish Lapphund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Swedish 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. Swedish Lapphund is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Swedish Lapphund dogs have health problems?
Swedish Lapphunds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Swedish Lapphund breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Swedish Lapphund breed? Health risks of Swedish Lapphund:
AllergiesEar InfectionsEye Infections
Life Expectancy
How long do Swedish Lapphund dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Swedish Lapphund be?
10-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Swedish Lapphund breed hypoallergenic?
No
Swedish 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 Swedish Lapphund have?
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Swedish Lapphund dogs require per day?
Swedish Lapphunds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on 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?
Swedish Lapphunds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Swedish Lapphund need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Swedish Lapphund risk for obesity:
Average. The Swedish Lapphund has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks 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 Swedish Lapphund's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
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.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Swedish 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 Swedish Lapphund drool?
The Swedish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Swedish 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 Swedish 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 Swedish Lapphund pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Swedish Lapphund pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Swedish 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 Swedish 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 Swedish Lapphund have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Swedish Lapphund

Pros
  • Drooling tendency: The Swedish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Swedish Lapphunds are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Swedish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Swedish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Swedish Lapphunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Swedish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Swedish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Swedish Lapphunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Swedish Lapphunds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Hypoallergenic: Swedish Lapphunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Swedish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Shedding Level: Swedish Lapphunds are heavy shedders.
  • Mouthiness: Swedish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Swedish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: 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.
  • Office Friendly: Swedish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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