Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Finnish Lapphund demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Herding dog (Spitz type) and is known by its nick name the "Lappie". The origin of the Finnish Lapphund dog breed was in Finland where it was developed in the 1900's.
Finnish Lapphund Breed Group and Dog Type - Herding Dog Group: The Finnish Lapphund is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Herding Dog Group.
Other names for the Finnish Lapphund: The Finnish Lapphund is known by the nickname of the "Lappie". Other names for this breed of dog include the Finse lappenhond and Lapinkoira. The name 'Lapinkoira' is derived from the Finnish words 'Lapin' meaning "from Lapland" and 'Koira' meaning "Dog".
Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Finnish Lapphund" derives from its country of origin in Finland. The word 'Lapphund' means 'Lapland dog'. Lapland is the most northernmost region in Finland, bordering Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic Sea. Lapland is known for its vast sub arctic wilderness and is the homeland of the indigenous Sami people.
Finnish Lapphund History and Origin: The nomadic Sami people, aka Sames meaning Laplanders, inhabit Lapland and adjacent areas of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia.
Reindeer herding, hunting and fishing has been the basis of the Sami economy up to the modern times. The ancient Nordic Spitz type of dogs have been used by the Sami people to help with all of these tasks, and the dogs became particularly adept at reindeer herding.
Cave drawings and Archaeological excavations in Lapland have unearthed remains of similar dogs that date back to the ancient world. The Sami dogs inherited the characteristics of the Spitz types of dogs with a wolf-like appearance, pointed muzzle and ears, a thick, dense coat with a high carried tail that curled up and over the dog's back. The Finnish Lapphund descended from these ancient Sami dogs. The first of these dogs were imported to the United States by Scandinavian immigrants during the period in US history known as the Great Migration during the late 1800's.
Finnish Lapphund Modern History: The modern history of the Finnish Lapphund moved on and the breed was developed and afforded its name in the mid 1900's when it gained recognition by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1944. The Finnish Lapphund was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2011 and enjoyed as a family-friendly pet and companion.
Finnish Lapphund Height: This breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 18-20 inches (46-52 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 16-19 inches (41-47 cm).
Finnish Lapphund Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 33-53 lbs (15-24 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 33-53 lbs (15-24 kg).
Finnish Lapphund Coat Type: The coat type is described as profuse double coat.
Finnish Lapphund Coat Colors: The colors of the Finnish Lapphund dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Black, White, Red, Sable, Brown and Wolf-Sable. N.B. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors. Sable is a dark brown color. The term 'Wolf-Sable' is used to describe a coat (often seen in Huskies and Malamutes) that is light grey with silver or steel gray outer hairs (guard coat) that are tipped in black. .
Finnish Lapphund Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Finnish Lapphund is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate in order to maintain a healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections. The modest grooming needs of the Finnish Lapphund is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.
Finnish Lapphund Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 2-9 puppies.
Finnish Lapphund puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Finnish Lapphund puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Finnish Lapphund Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of the popular Finnish Lapphund dog breed is described as Loyal , Faithful, Courageous, Keen and Eager.
Finnish Lapphund Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Finnish Lapphund requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a strident, an agile, fluid gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.
Finnish Lapphund Diet: A fully grown Finnish Lapphund dog should be fed 2 times per day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Finnish Lapphund Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Finnish Lapphund breed include PRA (progressive retinal atrophy). Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Finnish Lapphund dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Finnish Lapphund Lifespan: The life expectancy of Finnish Lapphund dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Finnish Lapphund breed is 12 to 15 years.
Finnish Lapphund Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Finnish Lapphund breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Finnish Lapphund names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Fidel *** Lucas *** Sebastian *** Kyllian *** Alex *** Miko *** Zack *** Datkos *** Vili *** Misha *** Julius.
Finnish Lapphund Female Dog Names: Female Dog names for the Finnish Lapphund tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Finnish Lapphund names are Anni *** Veera *** Jenni *** Noora *** Kia *** Sanni *** Roosa *** Henna *** Ronja *** Heli *** Belle *** Taru.