Breed Information


So you think that you have done your research on Finnish Lapphunds?

Breed Information

* They are a really good looking dog with super temperaments!

* The abundance of colours. There is a colour to suit every taste and carpet!

* Finnish lapphunds are so intelligent and learn things very quickly

* They are a very healthy breed.

* Easy coat care and maintenance. A good brush twice a week is all they need, except when moulting

* Size…they are just a nice size

* Friendly,sociable breed. They live happily with children of all ages, cats and dogs. Some lapphunds are PAT dogs and Blue Cross dogs

* Adaptable. They can be exhibited in the breed ring, trained for obedience, agility etc and be a wonderful companion.

* Easy to feed…they LOVE their food!

* Very loving and affectionate. They do enjoy and need human company.

Breed Information

Breed Information

* They dig ….if you like a nice lawn and garden this may not be the breed for you…think JCB on four legs! They will chew your plants, trees and shrubs and dig in your plant pots. You will need to remove poisonous plants from your garden.

*  They need a securely fenced garden, they will escape through the smallest hole in a hedge, jump the fence or even tunnel out!

*  Some Finnish Lapphunds like to hunt. If you do not like to see small furry animals and birds killed and swallowed in one gulp do not have one of these dogs. This can also make training a recall more difficult.

*  They can bark …and bark….. and bark…….at a pitch that can create ringing in your ears and make your neighbours complain. Early training is required to prevent this problem.

*  Everyone is their friend….expect to be chasing your Finnish Lapphund across the fields, as he/she has to greet everyone. Again training a recall is important.

*  Intelligence….this can be a disadvantage.. …they do evaluate every task given to them and then they make a decision whether to do it or not. They have a very low boredom threshold. They need kind, firm handling; clicker training works well.

* They can pull very hard on a lead. Do not think that because these dogs look small and fluffy that they are not capable of pulling you over…they are little powerhouses!

*  Independent and strong willed. Finnish Lapphunds are quite capable of creating their own ‘entertainment’ and may become destructive and noisy in the home if they are not given enough mental stimulation and exercise…think of the job that they were bred to do. They need human company so are not a suitable breed for those who are away from home for long hours on a regular basis.

*  Time and commitment – do not have a Finnish Lapphund if you do not have the time or patience to devote to their training and socialising. You need a sense of humour and enjoy having fun! They can be hard work for the first two years.

* They LOVE their food……in fact they love to eat anything! They can get fat, food and exercise needs to be monitored. It also may not be a good idea to have a kiss off them….remember they do eat ANYTHING!!

*  They need regular exercise in all weathers.

* Supply and demand for puppies. Expect to wait 6 to 18 months for a puppy.

Breed Information

Breed Information

General Appearance

Strongly built dog, smaller than medium size. Body slightly longer than height at withers. Coat long and profuse.


Tendency to herd.


Intelligent, brave, calm, faithful. Suitable as companion and watch dog.

Head and Skull

Strong featured, comparatively broad, bitches more refined, forehead slightly rounded; stop clearly defined. Muzzle shorter than skull, straight and slightly tapering when viewed from both above and side. Nose and eye rims as dark as compatible with coat colour.


Oval shaped, dark brown or harmonising with coat colour. Expression soft and friendly.


Erect or semi-erect. Medium size, set well apart, broad at base and very mobile.


Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaw. Lips tight.


Medium long, strong, covered with thick hair.


Shoulder and upper arm of approximately equal length. Shoulder moderately laid back and forming a rather open angle with upper arm. Legs well boned, strong, straight and parallel. Elbow placed slightly lower than the lower edge of brisket. Pasterns of medium length, flexible and slightly sloping.


Firm. Back strong, straight and broad. Moderate spring of rib. Brisket deep and long almost reaching the level of the elbow. Depth of body slightly less than half the height at withers. Forechest clearly defined, of moderate width. Loin short and muscular. Slight tuck up. Croup medium length, well defined and slightly sloping. The body, measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock, slightly longer than height at withers.


Strong boned, powerful, straight and parallel when viewed from behind. Moderate angulation. Muscular thighs. Hocks relatively low set.


Well arched, oval, covered with thick hair.


Medium length, high set, covered with profuse, long hair. Carried curved over the back or side when the dog is moving. May hang when the dog is at rest. Tip of tail may have a ‘J’ formed hook.


Effortless, brisk, agile and straight. Medium length of stride, changing easily from trot to gallop.


Profuse. Outer coat long, coarse and straight. Shorter on the head and front of legs. Undercoat soft and dense. Males should have a more abundant mane.


All colours allowed but main colour must dominate. Markings differing from the main colour are permitted on head, neck, chest, legs, tail and underside of body.


Ideal height at withers, dogs 49cm (19.25 ins); bitches 44cm (17½ ins), with an allowance of 3cm (1¼ ins) either way. Type is more important than size.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Last updated by KC January 2010

The Finnish Lapphund ~ The Breed Standard and How to Interpret It

Information and guide from the Finnish Lapphund club of Finland