|Group:||Working Dogs (Group 5)|
|Club:||Finnish Lapphund Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Dr Terri MacDonald|
|Phone:||0411 480 373|
Background This medium-sized spitz type breed was originally developed to herd reindeer with the Saame people in northern Finland.
Average Lifespan 12-15 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Finnish Lapphund are very alert and trainable dogs. Many still have fairly strong hunting/herding instincts and may not be trusted with small livestock unless trained otherwise. The breed is vert friendly towards people and children. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. They are not vociferous barkers but will bark if not discouraged from early age. Finnish Lapphund have an outgoing temperament. Ideally suited for doggy disciplines like agility, obedience and herding trials.
Compatibility with other pets Mix well with other breeds of dogs and okay with cats.
Care Requirements The breed requires about half an hour of grooming each week. Careful feeding - a very hungry breed who is inclined to eat too much for its own good. It is an active breed requiring about a one hour walk per day – and it will take a lot more!
Ideal Owner/s Active family group as the breed needs a reasonable amount of exercise and would not be suited to a sedentary lifestyle. Owners need to realise the intelligence of the breed and ensure suitable training to keep mind active as much as body.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Finnish Lapphund and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.