Finnish Lapponian Dog

Other names : Finnish Lapphund, Lapinkoira, Suomenlapinkoira

Photo: adult dog of Finnish Lapponian Dog breed
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Life expectancy

The Finnish Lapponian Dog has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 16 and 19 in
Male Between 18 and 20 in

Adult weight

Female Between 40 and 44 lb
Male Between 42 and 46 lb
Coat colour
Black White Brown Blue Red Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Finnish Lapponian Dog costs between £600 and £900

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More details about the Finnish Lapponian Dog

Finnish Lapponian Dog: Origins and history

This breed was first developed by the Sami people of Northern Scandinavia. The Sami people lived in smaller tribes which sustained themselves through hunting, trading and herding wild stock. They used the Finnish Lapphund to help round up large herds of reindeers. But as such traditional ways of life were replaced by the spread of industrialisation, the Finnish Lapphund became more of a companion dog; today it's the 6th most popular companion dog in its native Finland. It's still relatively unknown outside of Northern Europe. The first American litter wasn't born until 1988. 

FCI classification of the Finnish Lapponian Dog

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 3 : Nordic Watchdogs and Herders

Training a Finnish Lapponian Dog

Responds really well to reward-based training methods. Naturally intelligent. Strong work ethic. Loves to please its owner.

Finnish Lapponian Dog: Purchase price

The initial cost of buying a Finnish Lapphund puppy will be between £600 to £900. The average cost to keep and care for a Finnish Lapphund will be between £60 to £90 monthly.

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