Lapponian Herder

USD $600-$800 Price Avg.

Working Dogs



Breed Type



10-12 years


Breed Information

Group Working Dogs
Popularity/Rank 228
Origin Finland
Other Names Lapinporokoira, Lapland Reindeer Dog, Reindeer Herder
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $600-$800
How much does a Lapponian Herder cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $600 to $800 on your Lapponian Herder 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 Lapponian Herder from a shelter.
Size Medium
Weight Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg),
Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Height Male: 19–21 inches (48–54 cm),
Female: 17–19 inches (43–49 cm)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Recognized by FCI
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Purpose Herding
Date of Origin 1950s
Ancestry Spitz-type

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Double, Fluffy, Straight
Coat Colors Black, Brown, Gray
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown, Hazel
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Gray
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Nail Clipper, Scissors, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Calm, Docile, Energetic, Friendly, Vocal
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 average to cold weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.8 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Lapponian Herder have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 3-5 puppies (Once a year.)


The Lapponian Herder 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 guard dog. The Lapponian Herder is an intelligent, loyal, and devoted companion that makes an excellent family pet.

Appearance: The Lapponian Herder has a thick double coat with long hair on the head, neck, chest, and legs. The coat can be any color from black to white or even gray or brown. They have erect ears and almond-shaped eyes that are usually dark brown in color. Their tail is usually curled over their back when they are alert or excited.

Lifespan: The average lifespan of the Lapponian Herder is between 12 to 15 years when properly cared for.

Size & Weight: The average size of the Lapponian Herder ranges from 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 40 to 50 pounds when fully grown.

Colors: The most common colors for this breed are black, white, gray, brown, red or tan with white markings on their face and chest area.

Personality: This breed is known for its intelligence and loyalty towards its owners as well as its strong herding instinct which makes it an excellent guard dog as well as a great family pet. They are also very active dogs who need plenty of exercise in order to stay healthy both mentally and physically so they do best in homes where there’s plenty of room for them to run around in safely supervised areas such as large yards or parks nearby where they can get their daily dose of exercise without getting into trouble!

Friendliness with Other Dogs & Animals: This breed tends to be friendly towards other dogs but may be wary around strange animals due to their strong herding instinct so it’s important that you socialize them early on if you plan on having other pets in your home such as cats or small animals like rabbits etc… They also tend to get along well with children if raised properly but should always be supervised when playing together just like any other dog breed!

Temperament: This breed has a calm yet alert temperament which makes them great watchdogs but also loving companions who enjoy spending time with their families whether it’s going out for walks together or just cuddling up on the couch after dinner! They do require regular exercise though so make sure you provide them with plenty of opportunities throughout the day otherwise they may become bored easily which could lead to destructive behaviors such as chewing furniture etc…

Health: Generally speaking this breed is quite healthy however there are some health issues that can affect them such as hip dysplasia (a condition where the hip joint doesn’t form correctly) so it’s important that you keep up with regular vet checkups just like any other pet!

Adaptability Level & Benefits As Pets: This breed does best in homes where there’s plenty of space available for them to run around in safely supervised areas since they need lots of exercise throughout the day otherwise they may become bored easily which could lead to destructive behaviors such as chewing furniture etc… However if given enough attention by their owners then these dogs make wonderful companions who will love being part of your family no matter what life throws at you!


The Lapponian Herder is a Finnish breed of dog. It was originally bred to be a working dog on the farms of the Sami people, who live in the northern parts of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia. The breed almost became extinct in the early 1900s, but was saved by a few dedicated breeders. Today, the Lapponian Herder is a popular breed in Finland and other parts of Europe.

The Lapponian Herder is thought to be descended from the German Shepherd Dog and the Finnish Spitz. The first recorded mention of the breed was in a book published in 1845. The book described a type of dog that was used by the Sami people for herding reindeer. These dogs were also used for hunting and guarding property.

In the early 1900s, there were only a few hundred Lapponian Herders left in Finland. The breed was saved from extinction by two men: Heikki Pohjanpalo and Toivo Jorma. They started a breeding program with the goal of preserving the breed. Today, there are over 3,000 Lapponian Herders in Finland.

The Lapponian Herder is recognized as a separate breed by several kennel clubs, including the Finnish Kennel Club and the Kennel Club (UK). The breed is also recognized by the American Kennel Club and other kennel clubs around the world.