Lapponian Herder

Other names : Lapland Reindeer Dog, Reindeer Herder, Lapinporokoira, Lapsk vallhund

Photo: adult dog of Lapponian Herder breed
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Life expectancy

The Lapponian Herder has a life expectancy of between 11 and 13 years




Adult size

Female Between 17 and 19 in
Male Between 19 and 21 in

Adult weight

Female Between 55 and 60 lb
Male Between 55 and 60 lb
Coat colour
Type of coat
Long Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Lapponian Herder costs between £735 and £1

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More details about the Lapponian Herder

Lapponian Herder: Origins and history

The ancient Sami tribes of Scandinavia have bred Spitz-type dogs for herding and flock protection for centuries. Most reindeer dogs were lost to the villainy of the Nazi occupation. Following the war local breeders attempted to recreate the original Sami reindeer dog. The breed enjoyed a resurgence of numbers in the 1950s and 60s and its popularity continues to this day.

FCI classification of the Lapponian Herder

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 3 : Nordic Watchdogs and Herders

Training a Lapponian Herder

Firmness, patience and confidence are needed of a trainer for this dog. The Lapponian will respond well to training that is consistent and forthright. Draconian measures will cause this dog to become withdrawn and aggressive.

Lapponian Herder: Purchase price

Expect to pay anywhere between £735 and £1,400 for a purebred puppy. It will cost between £80 to £110 per month to care for this breed.

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