Finnish Lapphund

USD $600-$800 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 173
Origin Finland
Other Names Lapinkoira, Suomenlapinkoira
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $600-$800
How much does a Finnish Lapphund cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $600 to $800 on your Finnish Lapphund if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Finnish Lapphund from a shelter.
Size Medium
Weight 37-42 pounds (17-19 kg)
Height Female: 16–19 inches (41–47 cm), Male: 18–20 inches (46–52 cm)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 2011 as a Herding breed. And FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Purpose herding
Date of Origin 1900s
Ancestry Spitz, Wolf

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Fluffy
Coat Colors Black, Blonde, Brown, Cream, Sable, Tan, Wolf
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Red, Sable, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Brave, Calm, Courageous, Daring, Faithful, Friendly, Keen
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 45 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.7 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Finnish Lapphund have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 2-9 puppies (Once a year.)


The Finnish Lapphund is a medium-sized, spitz-type breed of dog originating from Finland. It is a hardy and versatile breed that has been used for centuries as a herding and hunting dog. The Finnish Lapphund has a thick double coat that comes in various colors, including black, brown, white, gray, and tan. Its ears are triangular in shape and stand erect on its head. Its eyes are almond-shaped and dark in color.

The Finnish Lapphund has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years and can reach up to 20 inches tall at the shoulder with an average weight of 40 to 50 pounds. The breed comes in several colors including black, brown, white, gray, tan or any combination thereof.

The Finnish Lapphund is an intelligent breed with a friendly personality that loves being around people. They are loyal companions who enjoy spending time with their owners and playing games such as fetch or tug-of-war. They are also very active dogs who need plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy.

Finnish Lapphunds get along well with other dogs as well as cats if they have been properly socialized from an early age. They can also be good with children if they have been raised around them since puppyhood; however they may be too energetic for small children so supervision is recommended when interacting with them together.

The temperament of the Finnish Lapphund is generally calm but alert; they make excellent watchdogs due to their alertness but will not bark excessively unless there is something worth barking about! They are also very independent thinkers which makes them great problem solvers but can sometimes lead to stubbornness when it comes to training sessions!

Finnish Lapphunds tend to be relatively healthy dogs; however some health issues may arise such as hip dysplasia or eye problems so regular checkups should be done by your veterinarian just in case!

The adaptability level of the Finnish Lapphund is quite high; they do well living both indoors or outdoors depending on their owner’s preference although it’s important that they get plenty of exercise either way! The benefits of having a Finnish Lapphund as a pet include its intelligence which makes it easy to train; its loyalty which makes it great for families; its energy level which makes it perfect for active owners; its independence which allows it some freedom while still being obedient; and finally its overall friendliness towards people making it great for those looking for companionship!


The Finnish Lapphund is a native dog breed of Finland that almost became extinct. The breed was used for centuries by the Sami people of Lapland for herding reindeer. In the early 1900s, only a few hundred Finnish Lapphunds remained, and by the 1950s, the breed was on the brink of extinction. However, a dedicated group of breeders worked to save the Finnish Lapphund, and by the 1970s, the breed had become popular in Finland. Today, the Finnish Lapphund is recognized as a breed by most major kennel clubs.

The Finnish Lapphund is thought to be descended from ancient Scandinavian herding dogs. The Sami people of Lapland have used Finnish Lapphunds for centuries to herd their reindeer. In the early 1900s, only a few hundred Finnish Lapphunds remained. By the 1950s, the breed was on the brink of extinction due to World War II and cross-breeding with other dog breeds. However, a dedicated group of breeders worked to save the Finnish Lapphund, and by 1970, the breed had become popular in Finland once again.

The Finnish Lapphund is a medium-sized Spitz-type dog with a thick double coat that can be any color or combination of colors. The most common colors are black and tan, brown and tan, or white with black or brown markings. The Finnish Lapphund has a plumed tail that is carried over its back and erect ears. The breed is known for being friendly, intelligent, and easy to train.

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