Finnish Lapphunds, with their luscious coat, sweet spitz-like face, and profusely coated tail curving over the back, are instantly recognizable as Nordic dogs.
Built for hard work in frigid temperatures north of the Arctic Circle, Lappies stand about 20 inches at the shoulder and are surprisingly powerful for their size, with well-developed muscles and substantial bone beneath a double coat that comes in many colors and patterns.
Lappies are agile dogs of effortless movement, capable going from a trot to full gallop in a second flat.
They can be a bit aloof around strangers, but they are not known to be shy. They are observant, focused and watchful. Lapphunds tend to be quite vocal and energetic, which is not surprising given their original role as reindeer-herders. This breed gets along well with other dogs and they are good with children.
This dog is perfectly suited for people who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, backpacking and other outdoor activities. The Finnish Lapphund wants and needs lots of exercise and may become restless and destructive if its energy needs are not met.
This breed is relatively easy to train and enjoys using its finely-tuned observational skills to learn what is asked of it.
These are fairly “soft” dogs. They respond best to positive reinforcement and reward-based training, using praise rather than punishment.
Lappy puppies are adorable, but new owners should take care to remember that a small puppy grows up quickly and needs to learn good habits early on. Socialization, puppy classes and basic training will help him learn those habits.
When working, Finnish Lapphunds are agile, active, alert and noisy. When interacting with people, however, the breed usually is calm, friendly and submissive. Lapphunds are barkers. They have used their voice to help drive and control reindeer herds in their native Scandinavia for centuries.