Swedish Lapphund

Country of Origin: Sweden
Breed Group: FCI : Group 5 Spitz and primitive types Section 3 Nordic Watchdogs and Herders #135
Occupation: farm, hunting, herding, and as a pet.
Size: Height: 30 – 40 cm (12 – 16 inches )             Weight: 11 – 15 kg (25 – 35 lbs)
Longevity; 12-14 years
Exercise: Daily walk
Training: Socialize properly
Grooming: Easy
Colors: Liver, Black

Swedish Lapphund is a very old breed, and exists probably as long as greyhounds in Asia which represent the oldest dogs. Archeologists recently unearthed a skeleton on the territory of Norway that proves that the Swedish Lapphund is over 7000 years old.

This dog comes from Lapland and northern parts of Sweden, Norway and Finland. In the past, the Swedish Lapphund dog was in charge of monitoring and keeping herds of deer Narda Sami (Lapps) from predators. With the changing lifestyle of nomadic Lapps, these dogs started to be used as guards.

World War II and the modernization of society led to the fact that Swedish Lapphund dog becomes practically endangered breed. Because of concerns about preserving the custodial ability of these dogs in 1960 the breeding program has been introduced in order to increase its operating characteristics.

It is estimated that only 1400 of the Swedish Lapphund dogs exist in the world today and the majority live in the territory of Sweden, Finland and Norway. Swedish Lapphund dog was recognized by the FCI (International Kennel Club) in 1944 when it was accepted as the official standard of the breed.

Fortunately, this dog is becoming increasingly popular outside homeland, particularly in Scandinavia and the UK. Swedish Sami dog gets along well with other dogs and can be a good friend to children. He is kind to everyone.

Swedish Lapphund is intelligent, brave and calm, willing to learn and very loyal. Swedish Lapphund dog can be a dog for farm, storage and society, particularly in Switzerland, where it is very popular.

The head of the Swedish Lapphund dog has distinct features. His eyes are dark. The ears are separated. Swedish Sami dog has a long and strong body. The tail is of medium length or shorte , covered with long hair and usually keeps it above the loin.

The hair is long and straight and the undercoat is soft and dense. On the head and lower limbs the hair is shorter. Swedish Lapphund dog is a typical sheepdog with a lot of energy, requires long daily walks and running outdoors to stay in good physical condition.

Fur care is difficult and requires weekly brushing and occasional bathing. Swedish Lapphund dog is one of the dogs that shed seasonally and in this period it is necessary to devote more attention and frequently brush it to remove the dead hair.



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