finnish lapphund breed information
common health issues
The Finnish Lapphund is a newer addition to the family of registered American Kennel Club breeds, having just gained acceptance in 2011. He originated as a helper dog of the semi-nomadic Sami tribe of Lapland, an area that encompasses northern Finland, Sweden and parts of Russia. The Sami first used Lapphunds as hunters, but when the people began moving away from their nomadic ways and began to keep reindeer, the Finnish Lapphund’s role changed from hunter and protector to herder.
A medium-sized dog, the Finnish Lapphund has a thick fur coat made to withstand cold temperatures. While working, he is noisy and tireless, but at home he is much more subdued, enjoying quiet evenings with his owners. The breed as a whole retains a strong herding instinct and tends to excel at sheep herding events to this day.
If you think a Finnish Lapphund may be right for your family, just remember: you’ll need to be able to provide plenty of daily exercise to keep his mind and body busy. His thick coat sheds seasonally, but frequent brushing will help keep furry tumbleweeds at bay!
Despite their thick coats, Finnish Lapphunds are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family’s vacation fund. Some of the conditions and illnesses Finnish Lapphunds are prone to include eye issues such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy; joint conditions such as hip dysplasia; and genetic problems such as MDR1 Resistance Gene.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your herding hound inherits his dad’s bad hips or his mom’s bad eyes, you’re covered.