Key traits of the Swedish LapphundAccording to the Swedish Kennel Club and American Kennel Club, the Swedish Lapphund has a muscular, and faintly less than medium rectangular-shaped build, with light and springy bearing. The ideal size for males is 48 cm. For females, it’s 43 cm. Their fairly long and lush double coat with a lavish and finely frizzy undercoat is weather and temperature resistant. They have a ruff around the neck, a bushy curled tail carried over the back, and triangular pricked ears. Today, these dogs are solid black in color, with some bronzing (such as sunburned brownish shades) and white on the chest, feet, and tip of their tail. Historically, all white Lapphund existed, as well as several other color combinations.
Herd of Reindeer. Photo by Hans-Jurgen Mager / Source: Unsplash
These dogs are hailed as versatile: lively, kind to children, and affectionate family dogs. They are also very receptive and attentive. Their eager and curious nature gives them a high level of trainability.
They are suitable for a variety of activities, such as agility and obedience trials, herding, tracking, hunting, and sport and rescue.
In some places, the Swedish Lapphund are still used as reindeer herders. However, modern equipment is swiftly replacing the dogs when it comes to herding. The breed is nowadays widely kept as a companion dog.
Guide to care and health
Although the Swedish Lapphund does not require much fur care, brushing it once in a while and an occasional bath are recommended. It is strongly unadvisable to have them shaved. Most importantly, they thrive if they spend time outside and if they are highly active.
Generally, this breed is considered to be of good health, having few health problems, diseases, and defects. They are known to have HD-status/hip dysplasia, as well as eye diseases prcd-PRA and cataracts.
The breed suffered from hereditary juvenile neuronal muscle atrophy in the late 60s and the beginning of the 70s, but the issue has almost disappeared nowadays. Problems with reproduction are rare.
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