At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 60 - 66 lbs.

Height: 19" - 21"

Life Span: 11 - 12 years

Lapponian Herder

Also know as: Lapinporokoira, Lapland Reindeer Dog

Group: Herding

Origin: Finland (1600s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Herding

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

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

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

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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