5,590

products in
stock now

98%

shipped within 2 working
days.
Read More...

Click Here
Home
Pet
Insurance
Breed
Profiles
Pet
Forum
Pet
Health
UK Pet
Services
Pet
News
Fun
Stuff
Pet
Rescue
Pet
Travel
Pet
Shop
Introduction  |  Dog Breeds  |  Cat Breeds  |  Small Animal Breeds  |  Select A Breed

Online Pet Shop
 
 
 Christmas Pet Gifts
 Pet Meds
 Dog Products
 Puppy Care
 Dog Food
 Dog Treats and Chews
 Dog Collars and Leads
 Anti Bark Collars
 Dog Beds
 Dog Bowls & Feeders
 Dog Cages
 Dog Cage Accessories
 Dog Kennels
 Dog Carriers
 Dog Travel Accessories
 Dog Grooming
 Dog Hygiene Products
 Dog Harnesses
 Dog Clothing
 Dog Toys
 Dog Training Aids
 Dog Health
 Dog Household
 Dog ID Tags
 Dog Innovations
 Dog Safety
 Byofresh / Byotrol
 Luxury Boutique
 Cat Products
 Kitten Care
 Cat Food
 Cat Bowls & Feeders
 Cat Beds
 Cat Litter Trays
 Cat Litter
 Cat Activity Centres
 Cat Carriers & Travel
 Cat Toys
 Cat Collars
 Cat Health
 Cat Innovations
 Cat Flaps
 Cat Gift Ideas
 Cat Grooming
 Cat Hygiene
 Cat Bling
 Catnip and Catnip Toys
 Rabbit Supplies
 Hamster Products
 Guinea Pig Products
 Other Small Furries
 Fish Supplies
 New Pet Products
 Clearance: 50% OFF!
 Free Gifts
 Gardening
 Seasonal Pet Products
 
 Pet Insurance


Dog Breeds
 
Terrier
Affenpinscher
Afghan Hound
Akita
Alaskan Malamute
American Cocker Spaniel
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Shepherd Dog
Australian Silky Terrier
Australian Terrier
Available2
Basenji
Basset Bleu de Gascogne
Basset Fauve de Bretagne
Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)
Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)
Basset Hound
Bavarian Mountain Hound
Beagle
Bearded Collie
Beauceron
Bedlington Terrier
Belgian Shepherd Dog Groenendael
Belgian Shepherd Dog Laekenois
Belgian Shepherd Dog Malinois
Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervueren
Bergamasco
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bichon Frise
Bloodhound
Bolognese
Border Collie
Border Terrier
Borzoi
Boston Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Boxer
Bracco Italiano
Briard
Brittany
Brussels Griffon
Bull Terrier
Bull Terrier Miniature
Bulldog
Bullmastiff
Cairn Terrier
Canaan Dog
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cesky Terrier
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chihuahua (Long Coat)
Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)
Chinese Crested
Chow Chow (Rough)
Chow Chow (Smooth)
Clumber Spaniel
Coton De Tulear
Curly-Coated Retriever
Dachshund (Long Haired)
Dachshund (Long-Haired)
Dachshund (Miniature Long Haired)
Dachshund (Miniature Smooth Haired)
Dachshund (Miniature Wire Haired)
Dachshund (Smooth Haired)
Dachshund (Wire Haired)
Dalmatian
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Deerhound
Dobermann
Dogue de Bordeaux
Elkhound
English Cocker Spaniel
English Setter
English Springer Spaniel
English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)
Eskimo Dog
Estrela Mountain Dog
Field Spaniel
Finnish Lapphund
Finnish Spitz
Flat-Coated Retriever
Fox Terrier Smooth Coat
Fox Terrier Wire Coat
Fox Terrier Wire Coat
Foxhound
French Bulldog
German Shepherd Dog
German Short-Haired Pointer
German Spitz Klein
German Spitz Mittel
German Wire-Haired Pointer
Giant Schnauzer
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Grand Bleu de Gascogne
Great Dane
Greyhound
Hamiltonstovare
Havanese
Hovawart
Hungarian Kuvasz
Hungarian Puli
Hungarian Vizsla
Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla
Ibizan Hound
Irish Red and White Setter
Irish Setter
Irish Soft-Coated Terrier
Irish Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Wolfhound
Italian Greyhound
Italian Spinone
Italian Spinone
Jack Russell Terrier
Japanese Chin
Japanese Shibu Inu
Japanese Spitz
Keeshond
Kerry Blue Terrier
King Charles Spaniel
Komondor
Kooikerhoundje
Labradoodle
Labrador Retriever
Laekenois
Lakeland Terrier
Lancashire Heeler
Leonberger
Lhasa Apso
Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)
Malinois
Maltese
Manchester Terrier
Maremma Sheepdog
Mastiff
Mexican Hairless
Mixed Breed
Munsterlander (Large & Small)
Munsterlander (Large and Small)
Neapolitan Mastiff
Newfoundland
Norfolk Terrier
Norwegian Buhund
Norwegian Lundehund
Norwich Terrier
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Old English Sheepdog
Otterhound
Papillon
Parson Russell Terrier
Pekinese
Pekingese
Pharaoh Hound
Pinscher (German)
Pinscher Miniature
Pointer
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Pomeranian
Poodle Miniature
Poodle Standard
Poodle Toy
Portuguese Water Dog
Pug
Pyrenean Mountain Dog
Pyrenean Sheepdog
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rottweiler
Rough Collie
Saluki
Samoyed
Schipperke
Schnauzer Giant
Schnauzer Miniature
Schnauzer Standard
Scottish Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
Segugio Italiano
Shar Pei
Shetland Sheepdog
Shih Tzu
Siberian Husky
Skye Terrier
Sloughi
Smooth Collie
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Spanish Water Dog
St Bernard
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Sussex Spaniel
Swedish Lapphund
Swedish Vallhund
Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Terrier
Tiibetan Mastiff
Weimaraner
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)
Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Welsh Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Whippet
Yorkshire Terrier
Breed Profiles
Dog Breeds

<Back to Breed Profiles

Select the dog breed you are interested in from the list below.
Alphabetical Search: A - E F - J K - O P - T U - Z or Select A Breed

Swedish Lapphund

You can find the contact details for specific breed societies local to you by going to the Your Territory area.

You may want to post any specific questions that you have about this breed in our Pet Talk area to ask people with first hand experience.

Swedish Lapphund

General
OtherNames Lapphund, Lapland Spitz, Lapplandska Spets
Dog Group Kennel Club Pastoral
Breed Classification The Swedish Lapphund was originally used for herding reindeer; today they are used mainly as companions or for sheepherding in their native country, as well as being seen in the show ring.
Cost of Ownership
Visit our dog food department
Average Food Cost
£4-7.50
Feeding Requirements
These dogs are not big eaters, but the quantity of food will depend on whether you are working the dog on a herding basis or being used as a companion dog.
Other Expenses
The purchase price of a puppy ranges from £400-£550.
Average Puppy Price
£300-500
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
5
General Physical Description
A typical spitz in stature, the Lapphund is rectangular in shape and has a substantial and weatherproof coat. The top coat is thick and wooly, the hairs of which should be erect and the undercoat dense and curly and made up of finer hairs.
Height Min Max
Bitch 40cm 46cm
Dog 45cm 51cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 19kg 21kg
Dog 19kg 21kg
Size Category Medium
Weight Height Range Bitches should measure between 40-46 cms (16-18 ins)at the withers and dogs 45-51 cms (18-20 ins), both weighing around 19 - 21kgs.
Ailments There are so few of these dogs in the country that there are not many documented problems. PRA has surfaced in their native Sweden and hip dysplacia has been reported there too.
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
Pet insurance for dogs resource

Pet health and vet advice

Low
Other
History Swedish Lapphunds are a very old breed. In fact a 7,000 year old skeleton found in Norway closely resemble todays Lapphunds. Originally bred to guard and herd the Sami people's reindeer herds, they are mostly used today as a companion dog although in some, the herding instinct is very strong. The breed is not common outside its home country of Sweden. However if you do get a Lapp, they can be a very independent but loyal companion and lover of the family.
Intelligence As all spitz type dogs, Lapphunds like to please but also like to do things their own way! Gentle training is needed and once the penny has dropped training is easy. As with all puppies it is important to socialise at the right point in their lives to have a well balanced and loving friend. This breed can be very noisy, as when originally trained as reindeer herders they were taught to bark all the time whilst working. This way the reindeer knew that a silent dog like creature was an enemy. Not much fun around town though so this needs to be curtailed through gentle training.
Show Characteristics The head should be wedge-shaped with no hint of snipiness and with a well-defined stop. The eyes should be set well apart, round and dark brown with well pigmented rims. The ears should be set well apart, short, erect and pointed. The jaws should be strong with a perfect scissor bite. The lips and palate should be strongly pigmented. The neck should be powerful and of medium length. The body should be slightly longer than the height at the withers with a straight and muscular back. The forelegs should be straight with close fitting elbows and sloping shoulders. The hindlegs should be strong with a moderate turn of stifle and low set hocks. Dewclaws are highly undesirable. The feet should be strong and oval with black nails and pads. The tail should be high set and reach to the hock when extended, with bushy, long dense hair, and carried curled over the back when moving.
Country Of Origin Sweden
Famous Examples
Records Held
Characteristics
Visit our dog training aids department
Energy High
Overall Exercise > 2 hours
Distress Caused if Left Alone High
Personal Protection Medium
Suitability As Guard Dog Medium
Risk of Sheep Worrying High
Tendency to Bark High
Ease of Transportation Low
Level of Aggression Low
Compatibility With Other Animals High
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament In general the Lapphund is a friendly, outgoing and devoted dog. They are protective of their homes; no intruder will ever go unheard. Lapphunds get on extremely well with children, make good family pets and like to be included in all family activities. However if they are left to there own devices they can be very vocal, and if their minds are not exercised (similar to border collie) then they can be destructive and are known to enjoy digging. Sympathetic training is a must. They are very tolerant of children, but as with all pets, children should NEVER be left alone, however trustworthy your friend may be. Please note that you should not intend to get one of these delightful dogs if there is not someone or another to be a constant companion. THESE DOGS DO NOT LIKE BEING KEPT AWAY FROM THE FAMILY and doing so risks the dog getting so desperate to be with you that it may get destructive.
Grooming
Visit our dog grooming department
Coat Length Short/Medium
Grooming Requirement Once a week
Trimming None
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming Grooming is very similar to a Samoyed as on appearance they look like a black miniature. A daily brush is essential to maintain a shiny coat and to maintain the bond between you and your friend. As with Samoyeds this breed has a double coat and the undercoat is shed twice a year. The coat appears semi waterproof and as such dirt will brush off when the coat is dry. The Lapphund has a lovely shiny coat and when groomed regularly is something to be proud of.
Colour The Swedish Lapphund is either black or bear brown, or a combination of the two. White markings on the chest, feet and tip of tail is acceptable in the show ring but more than this would be objectionable.
Shedding Moderate
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies

Dogs Breeds | Cats Breeds | Small Animal Breeds
Pet Shop | Breed Profiles | Select A Breed | Pet Health | Your Territory | Behaviour | News | Fun | Charities | Travel |
Copyright PetPlanet.co.uk Ltd. 2008

Subscribe to receive special offers

Or Log on here

The UK’s favourite online pet shop

Great customer service, honest product reviews, guaranteed best prices ... no wonder we are the UK's #1 for Pet Supplies!