Swedish Lapland Dog

Other names: Swedish Lapphund, Svensk Lapphund

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The Swedish Lapland Dog, or Swedish Lapphund, is a dog with physical characteristics of the Spitz type, but slightly smaller than average in size. With a solid frame, resistant and enduring, it displays a certain elegance thanks to its haughty head carriage and its light and ample gait.



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Hair type Long
Origin Sweden
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 15 kg to 20 kg From 40 cm to 45 cm
Male From 15 kg to 20 kg From 45 cm to 50 cm
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History of the breed

Today we cannot establish the origins of Swedish Lapland dog with precision, but it seems to be one of the oldest breeds of the Spitz type in Europe . In the past, he accompanied nomadic Lapp (or Sami) reindeer herders who appreciated them as much for their versatility (driving and herding, hunting) as for their resistance to the harsh climatic conditions that characterize Lapland (region today). straddling Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia). The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on January 19, 1955. Its official FCI standard in force was published in November 2011.

Physical features

His coat: abundant, erect, straight, with a dense and slightly curly undercoat. Shorter at the level of the head and the front parts of the legs. More dense at the level of the neck (forming a collar), the sternum, the front of the legs and on the tail. The set provides the dog with very good protection against bad weather and cold.
Its color: solid black, ideally with a bronze tone (shades of brown).
His head: slightly longer than it is wide, with a rounded forehead and a very well marked stop.
His ears: small, triangular in shape, erect and slightly rounded at their end. Strong and set wide apart, very mobile.
His eyes: very expressive, almost horizontally set, wide apart, round in shape, rather large without being prominent and brown to dark brown in color.
Its body: forming part of a rectangle (slightly greater in length than the height at the withers), robust, with a short and wide kidney, a well-muscled and slightly sloping croup, a fairly high and well-developed chest, a slightly raised belly. .
Its tail: rather high set, of sufficient length to reach the point of the hock, carried rolled up on the back when the dog is active.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Swedish Lapland Dog is a dog animated by great vivacity and an almost permanent desire to work . Responsive, attentive and versatile, he is an excellent herding dog (notably reindeer), tracking and many other fields of work that require intelligence, resistance and endurance . Always inclined to please his master, the Swedish Lapland Dog is more suspicious of strangers , but without being a first-rate advocate.

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The Swedish Lapland Dog is not a particularly difficult dog to train . Its education must however be early, firm and consistent, while being associated with good socialization.

Living conditions

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

The Swedish Lapland Dog prefers the great outdoors and the great outdoors to city and apartment life. In town, the ideal for him would be to have a large fenced garden where he can move around freely. Resistant to outdoor climatic conditions, he nevertheless appreciates accompanying his family indoors when he has the opportunity.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Swedish Lapland Dog is an overall hardy and resilient dog. Its double, well-supplied hair effectively protects it against the harsh winter conditions (cold and bad weather). There are no known predispositions to disease in this hardy and old breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 9 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Swedish Lapland dog dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 17 years

The life expectancy of a Swedish Lapland Dog is, on average, between 12 years and 17 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

The naturally beautiful and silky coat of the Swedish Lapland Dog is quite easy to maintain . It sheds very little hair and is hardly ever smelly.

It is recommended to brush the dog weekly to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of his coat. During the moulting period, and even if the hair loss is moderate, brushing should be done 2 to 3 times a week to remove the dead hair

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Swedish Lapland Dog is between € 800 and € 1,200.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Swedish Lapland Dog is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

He needs regular exercise to burn off . He enjoys long walks, but also jogging, hiking and swimming in the company of his master. He is, moreover, quite gifted for agility, obedience and herd tests.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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