Finnish Lapphund Breed History
The Finnish Kennel Club set the breed standard for this dog in 1945. At that time, it was called the Lappish Herder. Research suggests that the dogs were the result of crossing the Karelian Bear dog and the reindeer dog. It was the Finnish Kennel Association that set the standard for what they called the Lapponian herder. It was in 1960 that the two kennel associations merged, and the breeds were assessed once again. The Lapponian herder was defined as having the shorter coat, while the Finnish Lapphund had a longer coat.
Finnish Lapphund Breed Appearance
A medium-sized dog of strong build, the Finnish Lapphund is slightly longer that it is tall. The ears of this dog are almost always pricked and alert. The profuse coat is the memorable feature of this breed. It consists of the short but fluffy under coat and a long, coarse top coat. This double coat is weather-resistant and practically waterproof. The coat comes in a variety of colors including black, brown, red, sable, and white. One color that is found most often is black with tan. This face of this breed is also often found with markings like "spectacles" around the eyes. The tail is long and carried over the back in a curve, and it is covered with long hair.
Finnish Lapphund Breed Maintenance
The heavy coat of this breed doesn't tend to mat, so grooming is easier than one might think. Weekly brushing is really all that is needed to keep the coat looking nice, except during times of heavy shedding. Pay attention to the hair around the ears and on the tail. This breed is considered to be a heavy shedder about once a year, otherwise it is an average shedder. Daily exercise is important to the health and well-being of this breed. It will enjoy playing games and running free in safe areas. It makes a good jogging companion.