Finnish Lapland Shepherd

Other name: Lapinporokoira

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The Finnish Lapland Shepherd is a medium-sized, spitz-type shepherd dog with well-developed bone and musculature, but without the impression of heaviness. Its silhouette is writable in a rectangle, its length being 10% greater than its height at the withers.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Finland
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 27 kg From 43 cm to 49 cm
Male From 25 kg to 27 kg From 49 cm to 54 cm
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History of the breed

The Finnish Lapland Shepherd was traditionally employed by the Lapp shepherds to guard their reindeer herds , a job for which he quickly showed excellent skills. To achieve the breed as we know it today, contributions from German Shepherds and Collies have been added.

Registered in the studbook from the 1950s, the Finnish Lapland Shepherd was nevertheless only one and the same breed with the Finnish Lapland Dog. The separate recognition of the 2 breeds was not formalized until December 1992. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognized it definitively on November 13, 1970.

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Physical features

His hair: straight, stiff, erect, of medium to long length. More abundant and longer on the neck, on the chest and on the back of the thighs. Lined with a fine and dense undercoat.
Its color: all shades of black, even grayish or dark brown. Presence of clearer marks on the head, lower body and limbs.
His head: rather long. The muzzle is a bit shorter than the skull, which is only slightly convex.
Its ears: of medium length, broad at their base, set apart, erect and with the inside well covered with hair.
His eyes: wide apart, oval in shape, dark in color (in accordance with that of the dress), displaying an expression that is both lively, alert and humble, especially in bitches.
His body: much longer than he is tall. The withers are well extended, the back strong and muscular, the kidney short, the croup long and slightly oblique and the chest well let down without being broad.
Its tail: moderately long, generously furnished with hair, set low, hanging down at rest, curved when the dog is active.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Finnish Lapland Shepherd is an energetic and lively dog, especially at work where he is a natural barker . At the same time, he is calm, friendly and docile towards his masters. His specialty is to keep herds of reindeer. In family, he gets along rather well with the children and acts as an excellent guard dog .

The education of the Finnish Lapland Shepherd is not particularly complicated. This is an obedient dog who is eager to please his master, which makes him willing to learn. A small dose of firmness combined with gentleness and patience therefore makes it possible to make a balanced and happy companion.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Finnish Lapland Shepherd is a dog made for activity and large expanses . It cannot be confined to a small space in an apartment, for example. If he has to live in the city, his owner must be able to offer him long daily walks . A house with a large fenced garden would suit him perfectly.


Ease of gaining weight

The Finnish Lapland Shepherd is a robust dog, enjoying an iron health . Its double and dense coat gives it good resistance to cold and bad weather. As long as her dress is well taken care of, there is nothing to worry about when it comes to health. The breed does not exhibit any predisposition to any disease either.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Finnish Lapland Shepherd is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Finnish Lapland Shepherd is subject to 2 moults per year . In males, it occurs during the changing seasons, while in females, it occurs systematically one month before the heat. The maintenance of the dog remains simple , but it must be regular to ensure the cleanliness of the coat, its appearance (to avoid knots) and the protection of the skin.

The Finnish Lapland Shepherd needs a lot of exercise and activity to get high. Used to moving freely on large plots of land, it must be able to benefit from long daily outings .

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week , starting with detangling in the direction of the hair, then working against the hair with a wire brush. The ears, the fringes of the front members and the panties are to be combed through the metal. We will eventually have to cut the hairs growing between the pads. The Finnish Lapland Shepherd can be washed once or twice a year with a suitable shampoo.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Finnish Lapland Shepherd is between 1000 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Finnish Lapland Shepherd is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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