Swedish Lapphund (Svensk Lapphund)

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    History & Overview

    The Swedish Lapphund, often referred to as Lapland, is a rare breed of Nordic spitz type. It is thought to be one of Sweden’s oldest dog breeds. For centuries it was used for herding reindeer by the Sami nomadic people of Lappland, the largest and northernmost of the regions of Finland. Today, the Swedish Lapphund still help herd reindeer in northern Sweden.

    Tough, curious, intelligent and lively, the Lapphund is a very versatile dog. In the past, he helped the Sami (or Saami) people to survive by hunting wolves, arctic foxes and bears. Always alert and lively, the Lapphund is easy to train and affectionate to his owners.


    The Swedish Lapphund makes a great companion, especially for those who enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, skiing, and even swimming. Like most herding breeds, he is very loyal to his humans but can be distrustful of other dogs. He might do well with other pets if properly raised with them.


    According to the breed standard, the ideal height for Lapphunds is between 17 and 19 inches at the shoulder. The water-resistant double coat consists of straight hair and a dense woolly undercoat. On the head and front of legs, the hair is short, while on the backside of legs and tail it is much longer. The coat color is solid black; white spots on the chest, feet and tip of tail are permitted. Unlike other similar Nordic breeds, these dogs do not shed very much.

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    Image Credits: American Kennel Club


    1. FCI Standard #135
    2. Margaret H. Bonham – Northern Breeds


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