Finnish Lapphunds are smart, hardworking dogs that originate from Lapland, in Finland’s north. They were once used to herd livestock and typically weigh between 33 to 53 pounds. True to their strong herding instinct, they enjoy agility, obedience, and excel in therapy work. Lapphunds can be characterized by their pricked, highly mobile ears, distinctive markings, and elegant nose. They are very intelligent and active. They love being outdoors and have a coldproof and waterproof coat.
Common Health Conditions
- Some Lapphunds are affected by cataracts, with 3.4% of Finnish dogs affected.
- Hip dysplasia, an inherited disease in many breeds that causes the hip joints to form improperly and can lead to arthritis.
- Lapphund’s are prone to IBD, a chronic disease of the intestinal tract. Most dogs with IBD have a history of recurrent vomiting and diarrhea.