Finnish Lapphund

The Finnish Lapphund is a Spitz type dog originally bred to herd reindeer in its native Lapland. This hardy thick coated dog belongs to the pastoral group.

Finnish Lapphund breed group


Size of the Finnish Lapphund


Colour varieties of the Finnish Lapphund

The breed comes in a variety of colours and markings:

  • Black
  • Black & Tan
  • Black & White
  • Black Tan & White
  • Brown
  • Brown & Tan
  • Brown & White
  • Brown Grizzle
  • Brown Grizzle & White
  • Brown Tan & White
  • Brown Wolf Sable
  • Brown Wolf Sable & White
  • Cream
  • Cream & White
  • Grizzle
  • Grizzle & White
  • Red
  • Red & White
  • Sable
  • Sable & White
  • Tricolour
  • White
  • Wolf Sable
  • Wolf Sable & White

Country of origin


Finnish Lapphund Breed introduction and overview

The Finnish Lapphund is a rarely seen dog breed outside its native country of Finland. It’s a medium sized spitz type dog with a thick double coat. The undercoat is soft and downy, and the outer coat is longer, as well as being waterproof, provides protection against the harsh elements. The Finnish Lapphund was bred to herd reindeer, along with cattle and sheep too.

Size and weight of the Finnish Lapphund

Height bitch 41-47cms

Height dog 46-52cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 15-24kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 15-24kgs

Exercise requirements of the Finnish Lapphund

The Finnish Lapphund requires at least an hour of exercise every day. Care should be taken in the warm summer months as the Lapphund does feel the heat.

Finnish Lapphund temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Finnish Lapphund is a friendly, active and intelligent breed. It is normally very good with children, and enjoys family life. It is generally sociable with other dogs, but care should be taken with cats, and contact with other smaller pets avoided.

The breed makes a good watch dog around the home, but also has a reputation for being vocal and aloof with strangers.

Is the Finnish Lapphund a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, the Finnish Lapphund is easy to train and obedient. This breed is extremely lively, so is best suited to an active family home with plenty of outside space for exercise.

Finnish Lapphund coat length


Grooming requirements of the Finnish Lapphund

Medium. The thick double coat is waterproof and mud and dirt does tend to ‘slide’ off the coat. A daily brush with a soft slicker brush will remove knots and tangles. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.


No. The Finnish Lapphund sheds throughout the year making it an unsuitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Finnish Lapphund

The Finnish Laphund is a healthy and hardy dog with few known health issues, but owners should consult their breeder about the following problems that have been found in the breed:

  • Cataracts
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Finnish Lapphund

A healthy Finnish Lapphund should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-14 years.

Approximate Finnish Lapphund pedigree puppy price

No current price is available due to litters being few and far between.

Estimating how much a Finnish Lapphund would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 20kgs will require around 283gms of complete dry food daily. A bitch or dog weighing 20kgs will cost around £6.90 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment