At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 43 - 45 lbs.

Height: 16" - 21"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Lapland Spitz

Also know as: Swedish Lapphund, Lapphund, Lapplandska Spetz

Group: Non-sporting

Origin: Sweden (Ancient Times / 1800s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Lapland Spitz needs daily walks, jogs, romps and play sessions.

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


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