finnish lapphund breed information

common health issues

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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