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Lapland Spitz

Size: Medium

Weight: 43 - 45 lbs.

Height: 16" - 21"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Sweden (Ancient Times / 1800s)

Also Known As: Swedish Lapphund, Lapphund, Lapplandska Spetz

Group: Northern Breed / Spitz

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Lapland Spitz needs daily walks, jogs, romps and play sessions.

Grooming Needs

The Lapland Spitz requires regular grooming to cut down on shedding.

Temperament

Affectionate, courageous and lively. Because it comes from a similar region and breeding program, the Lapland Spitz resembles the Samoyed in disposition. Both breeds originated in the Northern-most parts of Scandinavia and Russia and were developed as working dogs (herding and sledding). The Lapland Spitz, like most Northern breeds, is sociable and prefers a job to do. This dog requires constant companionship, otherwise, it may suffer from separation anxiety and become destructive if confined too long to a lonely space. Can be difficult to obedience train.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.

History

The Lapland Spitz's ancestors may predate the Asian sighthounds, which are thought to be the oldest of dogs. Archaeologists have found 7,000 year-old skeletons of dogs that resemble the current day Lapphund in Norway and Finland. Originally used for reindeer herding and sledding, today the breed is mostly kept as a companion.