Lapponian Herder

The Lapponian Herder traces its roots to Finland approximately 200 years ago. Although it has not been proven, people who love this breed believe it to be the oldest from the region. Throughout its history, this breed has been used for guarding, driving and herding reindeer from predators. Lapponian Herders have exceptional abilities when it comes to working in harsh climates and on rough terrain. Close to extinction after World War II, enthusiasts from Finland and Sweden worked tirelessly to bring the breed back from the brink. The breed is now stable in number, but it has yet to gain popularity outside of Sweden and Finland.

The Lapponian herder is longer than it is high with a long body, a strong back and the groin is tucked. The chest of the dog is deep but not broad. There is a thick, double coat of fur covering the dog’s body. Acceptable coat colors for the breed are gray, black or dark brown. White markings on the legs, chest and neck are permissible. The inner coat is gray, brown or black. Personality: In general, the Lapponian Herder is a gentle, friendly dog. As with any breed, individual temperaments vary. The dog is a high-energy breed, requiring a job to do or a sport to play. Daily exercise is an absolute must for this herding dog. These dogs are typically accepting of any animal in the home, but herding instincts must be curbed. Lapponians are friendly towards children but, again, herding instincts must be curbed, especially when there are young children or toddlers in the home. This breed is known for being excitable during play and while greeting humans. Excessive jumping, barking and body wiggles can be curbed by early socialization and training. This type of exuberance is acceptable in a puppy but not in a large adult.

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Life Span
11 - 12 years
Other Names
Lapinporokoira, Lapp Reindeer dog, Lapsk Vallhund, Reindeer Herder, Lapponian Herder

Lapponian Herder Build Information

Size
Medium

The Lapponian herder is longer than it is high with a long body, a strong back and the groin is tucked. The chest of the dog is deep but not broad. There is a thick, double coat of fur covering the dog’s body.

Acceptable coat colors for the breed are gray, black or dark brown.

White markings on the legs, chest and neck are permissible. The inner coat is gray, brown or black.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level

In general, the Lapponian Herder is a gentle, friendly dog. As with any breed, individual temperaments vary. The dog is a high-energy breed, requiring a job to do or a sport to play. Daily exercise is an absolute must for this herding dog. These dogs are typically accepting of any animal in the home, but herding instincts must be curbed.

Lapponians are friendly towards children but, again, herding instincts must be curbed, especially when there are young children or toddlers in the home.

This breed is known for being excitable during play and while greeting humans. Excessive jumping, barking and body wiggles can be curbed by early socialization and training. This type of exuberance is acceptable in a puppy but not in a large adult.

Appearance

Shedding
Heavy
Grooming
Moderate

These dogs are not hypoallergenic as they shed quite regularly. Daily brushings remove loose hairs from the coat and keep the dog looking its best. The dog can be bathed as little or as often as the owner desires. Ears and toenails should be given monthly attention, and a daily tooth brushing is a must for a healthy mouth.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy to train
  • The breed is highly trainable and eager to please
  • Lapponians that do not get the proper amount of exercise can become destructive
  • It is suggested that these dogs are leashed or secured when outside because they love to run and give chase
  • The average life span of this breed is 11 to 12 years
  • This breed is also known as the Lapland reindeer dog and the reindeer herder

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Common Health Conditions in Lapponian Herders

The breed is a generally healthy one. Health issues common to the breed include arthritis, hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s Disease, ear infections, glaucoma, ingrown toenails, bloat, and skin allergies. While most of these issues are not serious, a few can be debilitating. A once-yearly veterinary exam helps to alert owners to any potential health issues with their specific dog.

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