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Lapponian Herder

Size: Large

Weight: 60 - 66 lbs.

Height: 19" - 21"

Life Span: 11 - 12 years

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

Origin: Finland (1600s)

Also Known As: Lapinporokoira, Lapland Reindeer Dog

Group: Northern Breed / Spitz

Category: Companion Dog, Herding

Exercise Needs

The Lapponian Herder will need a daily walk or run. Herding or agility training is a plus.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.

Temperament

This breed is good-natured, obedient and easy to train. The Lapponian Herder's high intelligence level requires frequent mental and physical stimulation. If a Lapponian Herder is not used for working purposes, then it will require games and training to occupy its mind.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.

History

The Lapponian Herder descends from the Finnish Lapphund and the German Shepherd. The breed was originally used as a reindeer herder until the advent of snowmobiles. With rising fuel costs, the breed is seeing a revival, as the Finnish are going back to using dogs for herding to save money.

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