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Finnish Lapphund Dog Breed

A very popular pet in Finland, the original Finnish Lapphunds were herding dogs of the Sami, a semi-nomadic tribe of people in Lapland. There are two breed lines: the original herding line and the exhibition line which has become more popular. It is a strongly-built medium-sized spitz-type dog weighing about 33 to 42 pounds and has a height of 16 to 20 inches. It has a broad and long skull with the top slightly domed. The stop is well-defined and the muzzle is strong, broad and straight. It has a distinguishable furrow on its foreface. Its ears are triangular in shape, set rather far apart and may either be erect or semi-erect. The eyes are oval in shape and dark-colored. It has black pigmentation on the eye rims, lips and nose. Brown-colored dogs will have dark brown pigmentation however. It has a thick and profuse double layer of coat, shorter on the head and fronts of the legs. The undercoat is soft, dense and abundant while the outer coat is straight and long, harsh and waterproof. A wide variety of colours can be found and permitted for the breed but a single one should predominate. The typical ones are white, black, red, brown and sable.

Originally used to herd reindeer, the Finnish Lapphund is a very intelligent and active breed. It is very intelligent and can perform tasks such as obedience trials, agility, herding and therapy. As a family pet, it is friendly and alert and makes a good watch dog as well as an ideal outdoor companion. Their gentle nature makes them excellent with children, people with disabilities and the elderly.

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