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Finnish Lapphund : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Finnish Lapphund Ratings: - Ease of Training: 6 /10 - Intelligence: 7 /10 - Shedding: 8 /10 - Watchdog: 9 /10 - Guard Dog: 2 /10 - Popularity: 5 /10 - Size: 5 /10 - Agility: 8 /10 - Good with Kids: 10 /10 Finnish Lapphund Attributes: Life Expectancy: 12-15 ... Finnish Lapphund


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Finnish Lapphund

Finnish Lapphund

Finnish Lapphund

Finnish Lapphund Ratings:

- Ease of Training: 6/10
- Intelligence: 7/10
- Shedding: 8/10
- Watchdog: 9/10
- Guard Dog: 2/10
- Popularity: 5/10
- Size: 5/10
- Agility: 8/10
- Good with Kids: 10/10

Finnish Lapphund Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Litter Size: 3-7 puppies
Group: Herding Dogs
Recognized By: UKC, AKC , DRA, ANKC, NAPR
Color: Black, Sable, Tan, White, Brown, Golden; Markings of Cream, Gray, Black, White, Tan
Hair Length: Medium, Long
Size: Medium
Shedding: Heavy Shed
Male Height: 16-20 inches (40.5-51 cm)
Male Weight: 33-52 pounds (15-23.5 kg)
Female Height: 16-20 inches (40.5-51 cm)
Female Weight: 33-52 pounds (15-23.5 kg)
Living Area:
Though the Finnish Lapphund can adapt to living in an environment with limited space, they still need to be exercised regularly. Finnish Lapphunds should have at least 60 to 80 minutes of activity, preferably running, per day.The cold weather is recommended.
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Complete information about Finnish Lapphund Breed:


Overview :

The breed is recognized in Great Britain, Europe, America and Australia. This dog grows a profuse double coat. The undercoat is short, dense and downy and the topcoat is longer and rough to the touch. This coat is waterproof and makes the dog resistant to extremely cold weather. Winter in Finland can be very harsh as temperature can drop to below 86 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter months the Finnish Lapphund is one of the two dog breeds (Lapponian Herder is the other) legally permitted to be kenneled outside. Finnish Lapphund was originally used in droving reindeer herds. Nowadays, Lappis excel in agility and obedience trials. These dogs became ideal home companions in fact the dog was recognized as the 6th most popular home companion in Finland. Although valued for being an excellent home companion, these dogs still retain their hunting abilities. Their heightened senses make them excellent search and rescue dogs. Because of the strong nose, they pick up scent very quickly. The Finnish Lapphund is a highly intelligent dog that has a friendly disposition. The dog is known to be very keen to learn and would adapt to training easily. Because of this intelligence the dog may be able to fool the owner that it is still hungry. Lappis are known to have a healthy appetite. They are voracious eaters and tend to get overweight. A Finnish Lapphund's average height is 16 to 20 inches measured at the withers and the average weight should range from 33 to 52 pounds. These are cunning dogs and most owners are enticed to increase the ration. These dogs may snatch food from the table when your back is turned. Measures must be taken so that the dog will not gain access to foodstuffs they are not supposed to eat if you do not want to have a fat and unhealthy dog. Life expectancy of the dog is pegged at 12 to 15 years but some dogs have exceeded 17 years.

Finnish Lapphund History :

The Finnish Lapphund, the Sweddish Lapphund and the Lapponian Herder are the three Lapphund breeds that were believed to have descended from the spitz type dog native to the Karelian region of Russia and to the Northern Scandinavian area. Finnish Lapphund is an old breed whose existence dates back to 7000 BC. Paintings and writings depicting an Arctic spitz type of dog were found by archeologists in caves. It was believed that these dogs have come to live with the Sami people. During those times, it was a big concern for the Sami people to tend to their semi-domesticated reindeer as often times these reindeers would merge with the big herd of wild reindeers. The wild arctic spitz type dogs that would hang around the camps of the Sami people scavenging for scraps of food formed a relationship with the people. Soon enough the dogs were domesticated and the Laplanders found out that the dogs can easily tend and keep the reindeer herd together. Aside from guarding the reindeer herd, the dogs also guard the properties. The dog became the companions of the Sami as now they have other roles to perform, as sled dogs and hunting dogs. For centuries, the dogs became the constant companions of the nomadic Sami as well as the native people. When Finland and Sweden separated and formed boundaries both countries have chosen the same breed as their herding dogs. Both countries claimed the breed as their own. This is why there is a Finnish Lapphund and a Swedish Lapphund. In 1960s the breed was reassessed on the basis of their coat. The short coated dog became the Lapponian Herder and that long coated ones became the Finnish Lapphund. The Standard for the breed was revised in 1993. Also during this year the name Lapinkoira was changed to Soumenlapinkoira.

Finnish Lapphund Temperament and Character :

Centuries ago, the breed was most valued for its herding abilities. Nowadays, a Finnish Lapphund is loved for its loyalty and devotion to the family. The dog that was once seen roaming the Lapland and helping the Saami people in herding reindeers can now be found in homes, guarding the family as well as the properties. However, because of their herding nature, the dog would often think of the family as a reindeer herd, one that needs to be protected. Finnish Lapphunds are known for their intelligence. These dogs would think before they act. This intelligence coupled with the innate characteristic to please make the dog adapt easily to obedience training. This trainability make the dog excel in dog sports. Needless to say, housebreaking a Finnish Lapphund puppy would be easy. However it must be remembered that the dog is a working dog and as such repetitive inane exercises will be scorned by the dog. What the dog would need (and appreciate) is an exercise that would stimulate its mind. Once properly trained Finnish Lapphund, will be a very productive dog. Some have been used to aid and support elderly and disabled owners. It would really be quite amusing to see but these dogs are trained to do simple chores like fetching things and closing doors. This breed is a barker though the barking trait is not much of a problem as it can be tempered with training. The barking makes the Finnish Lapphund an ideal watchdog. This dog is always alert and would bark at anything unfamiliar to warn the family. The dog is naturally gentle and tolerant with children. They would also tolerate other smaller pets especially if they were socialized properly while still young. Male dogs however, are proven to be dominant over other male dogs. Finnish Lapphunds are active dogs and basically would need from 60 to 80 minutes exercise daily. This means that the dog is not one for a couch potato owner. The dog is for an owner who has an active outdoor lifestyle as the dog would appreciate to be taken jogging, biking as well as taken on hiking trips. Because the dog is highly energetic an apartment would not be a suitable living arrangement. A home with a modest yard would be most suitable. Since the dog is fully insulated against cold weather by the copious coat, the dog can be allowed (and happy) to stay outdoors even during the winter months. The owner though has to be vigilant as the dog has the tendency to dig. The dog may be able to escape the fenced area and because of its hunting nature may "hunt" other people's pets.

Finnish Lapphund Health Care :

The Finnish Lapphund is a naturally healthy breed. Known medical issues include Generalised progressive retinal atrophy (GPRA), hereditary cataracts. - # GPRA is a progressive eye disease that can cause permanent blindness in dogs. In the Finnish Lapphund, this tends to be late onset, but can typically appear between the ages of 1 and 8 years. GPRA is a genetic illness, and is transmitted via an autosomal recessive gene. A reliable genetic test for the prcd-form of GRPA has been developed by OptiGen,[5] and breeders are increasingly testing breeding animals before deciding on suitable mating pairs. The Finnish Lapphund club of Great Britain adopted an ethical policy in 2006 that matings will only be allowed if the progeny can not be affected by GPRA. In 2001, 2.5% dogs of Finnish dogs were affected by PRA. - # Some Lapphunds are affected by cataracts, with 3.4% of Finnish dogs affected. Cataracts can be caused by a number of factors, and the mode of inheritance is not yet well understood. Since the incidence in Finland is relatively high, the disease is considered to be hereditary. In the UK and USA the number of affected dogs is very small. - # The ethical standard in most countries require the stud dogs to be hip-scored, but the incidence of hip dysplasia is low.

Finnish Lapphund Grooming :

Like all spitz breeds, the Lapphund has a thick, profuse coat that sheds seasonally and requires regular brushing to keep flying fur under control. Brush his double coat weekly to keep it clean and remove dead hair. During spring and fall shedding seasons, daily brushing will help to keep excess hair under control. The rest is basic care. Trim the nails as needed, usually every week or two. Keep the ears clean and dry to prevent infections. Check them weekly for redness or a bad odor that might indicate infection. If the ears look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball moistened with a mild pH-balanced cleanser recommended by your veterinarian. Brush the teeth frequently for good overall health and fresh breath. It is important to begin grooming the Lappie when he is very young. An early introduction teaches him that grooming is a normal part of his life and to patiently accept the handling and fuss of the grooming process.

Finnish Lapphund Training :

The owner though has to be vigilant as the dog has the tendency to dig. The dog may be able to escape the fenced area and because of its hunting nature may “hunt” other people’s pets. The Finnish Lapphund must have early socialization and obedience training. Sessions that are short and varied are best as Finnish Lapphund's have a tendency to become bored easily. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency.

Finnish Lapphund Activity and Exercise :

Finnish Lapphunds are active dogs and basically would need from 60 to 80 minutes exercise daily. This means that the dog is not one for a couch potato owner. The dog is for an owner who has an active outdoor lifestyle as the dog would appreciate to be taken jogging, biking as well as taken on hiking trips. Because the dog is highly energetic an apartment would not be a suitable living arrangement. A home with a modest yard would be most suitable. Since the dog is fully insulated against cold weather by the copious coat, the dog can be allowed (and happy) to stay outdoors even during the winter months.

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