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Swedish Lapphund Breed Fact Sheet

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Swedish Lapphund Breed Information

Group 5: Working dogs

Energy Level: Moderate - high

Original Function: Reindeer Herder

Temperament & Characteristics: Lively, alert, kind and affectionate. The Lapphund is very receptive and willing to work. Its abilities as a good guard and herding dog made it very useful in the reindeer trade. It is very versatile, suitable for obedience training, agility, herding, tracking, etc. It is easy to train, full of endurance and toughness.

Recommended for: Active people & families.

Be Aware: Not many in Australia

Lifespan: 9 - 15 years On average around 12-13 years.


Height: Height at withers: Bitches between 40-46 cms (16-18 ins)

Height: Height at withers: Dogs 45-51 cms (18-20 ins),

Weight: around 19 - 21kgs.

Colour: Usually solid black: bronzing is typical. Also brown or liver. White on the chest, feet and tip of the tail is permissible but more white is undesirable.

Coat: Profuse double coat. Hair standing straight out from the body, undercoat dense and very finely curled. Short on head and front of the legs. Longer on the brisket, backside of the legs and on the tail. Bushy, long and dense on the tail. Forming a ruff around the neck.

General Appearance: Typical Spitz dog of slightly less than medium size and with a proud head carriage. Its coat is weather resistant.



The Swedish Lapphund (a Nordic Spitz used in the past for reindeer herding by the nomadic Laplanders) has been known in the Nordic area for centuries. They are mostly used today as a companion dog although in some, the herding instinct is very strong. The breed is not common outside its home country of Sweden.
In general they are a friendly, outgoing and devoted dog. They are protective of their homes; no intruder will ever go unheard. They make good family pets and like to be included in all family activities. However if they are left to there own devices they can be very vocal, and if their minds are not exercised (similar to border collie) then they can be destructive and are known to enjoy digging.

They are very tolerant of children, but as with all pets, children should NEVER be left alone, however trustworthy your friend may be. They can be a very independent but loyal companion and lover of the family.

However if you do get a Lapp, they can be a very independent but loyal companion and lover of the family.

Grooming- A daily brush is essential to maintain a shiny coat. This breed has a double coat and the undercoat is shed twice a year. The coat appears semi waterproof and as such dirt will brush off when the coat is dry. The Swedish Lapphund has a lovely shiny coat and when groomed regularly is something to be proud of.

Exercise- A reasonable amount of exercise, but not necessarily through hours of walking. They enjoy mind games and will have just as much fun playing with a favourite toy. This is not a dog recommended to be let off the lead unless you have trained your dog well and have total control. Their natural herding instinct may lead to your dog chasing after a cat, or worse still a car, and at this point they go totally deaf!

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