Finnish Lapphund

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 5in - 1ft 8in
Weight: 33-53lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount4/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance5/5
  • Heat Tolerance2/5
  • Apartment-Friendly2/5

Finnish Lapphund Information

Finnish LapphundThe Finnish Lapphund is built for hard work in cold temperatures. Originally, the breed helped members of the Sami tribe in Finland, Sweden and part of Russia. Around 1940, a concentrated effort was made to expand the reach of the breed, and it has been slowly gaining traction.

As a pet, the Finnish Lapphund is agile and alert. At home he’s friendly and calm (most of the time); around strangers, however, he can be a bit reserved. When you take one look at his sweet, Nordic-looking face and fluffy fur coat, you’ll be smitten!

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Breed FAQs

Can Finnish Lapphunds be apartment dogs?

The Finnish Lapphund needs room to run and play. This makes them difficult to keep in small spaces like an apartment.

Can Finnish Lapphunds be left alone?

While Finnish Lapphunds prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Finnish Lapphunds good with kids?

Finnish Lapphunds can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Finnish Lapphunds friendly with strangers?

Although Finnish Lapphunds can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Finnish Lapphunds get along with other dogs?

Although Finnish Lapphunds will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Finnish Lapphunds bark a lot?

Most Finnish Lapphunds bark fairly often, which can be a nuisance. Some steps can be taken to limit this, but is part of their nature.

Do Finnish Lapphunds shed a lot?

Finnish Lapphunds shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Finnish Lapphunds need a lot of grooming?

Finnish Lapphunds don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Finnish Lapphunds need a lot of exercise?

A Finnish Lapphund will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Finnish Lapphunds easy to train?

Typically, Finnish Lapphunds are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Finnish Lapphunds handle cold weather?

If you live in a cold climate, Finnish Lapphunds will do extremely well and may even enjoy being outside in the chilly weather.

Can Finnish Lapphunds handle hot weather?

Be careful with Finnish Lapphunds in the heat. They don't do well in hot climates for long periods.

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