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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.


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.


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.

Dog Food for Your Lapponian Herder

Large Breed Puppy 30 Pound Bag

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large breed adult dog food

Large Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of large breed dogs.

Reduced fat formula dog food

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.

Picky No More large breed dog food

Picky No More™ Large Breed

Created to please even the pickiest of large breed dogs.

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