Finnish Lapphund is one of the most popular dog breed in Finland.
There are Top 10 interesting facts about Finnish Lapphund!
1) Ancient Breed
The Finnish Lapphund originated with the Sami, a semi-nomadic people in Lapland, which covered parts of Finland, Sweden, and Russia. Remains of Lapponian dogs date back to 7000 B.C.! As the Sami culture evolved into a less nomadic one, the dogs were used to herd reindeer.
2) Herding Reindeer
When you learn that a dog belongs to a herding breed or type, the image of a flock of sheep or possibly cows is usually what comes to mind immediately-but the Lapphund’s working history actually involves herding reindeer, which comes with challenges of its own! Reindeer are of course large and rather flighty, which comes with its own challenges; the Lapphund is agile, adaptive and very fast on their feet, as well as having fast reflexes that are essential to avoid being trampled or kicked when herding.
Although their voluminous coat makes them appear larger, Finnish Lapphunds are really medium-sized dogs, with males averaging 18-21 inches tall and females ranging from 16-19 inches. They have a straight or wavy coat with a soft dense undercoat. They also have a sweet, soft expression that's sure to win hearts.
4) Really Smart Dogs
The Finnish Lapphund is one of the brightest breeds around, which makes them ideal for working roles and canine sport alike, and also makes them a pleasure to train. While many of the very intelligent dog breeds can sometimes be “too smart for their own good” and seek things to do that may well get them into hit water, this is not the case for the Lapphund, who really loves to learn, follow commands and work.
5) Not a Great Guard Dog
The Lappie is not a guard dog. He'll alert you to the presence of strangers, but he's not aggressive. In fact, he's a devoted, sociable and good-natured breed.
6) Woofing Dogs
Within a working herding role, the Finnish Lapphund needs to be fairly vocal in order to keen their herd moving and communicate back and forth with their handler and with other working dogs. This trait remains today, and the Finnish Lapphund is definitely one of the more barky dogs that you will encounter, which can potentially be problematic if they are continually making a noise!
7) Extremely Friendly Dogs
The Lapphund breed as a whole tends to be easy to get on with and understand, as they are very friendly, personable and keen to please. This makes them one of the easiest breeds to train, and they are widely considered as a good pick for the first time dog owner who is not that experienced with dogs.
They get on well with children and are open and easy to read, as well as being playful, loving and entertaining. They can sometimes be a little shy around strangers, but this is highly unlikely to manifest as aggression.
In comparison to other breeds, the Lappie has a paler coat. It also comes in black, pale brown and beige. Sometimes though, a certain shade of grey, which is also known as eumelanin and sininen or blue, can show up depending on color genetics. The rarest color is lilac, which can be found in Lappies that are coated in brown and blue. Pale Yellow and cream are the most common coats for a regular Lappie.
9) Similarity With Other Dog Breeds
Despite similarities in appearance to the Australian Shepherd, Samoyed, and Siberian Husky, he's his own breed. He is calm, friendly, and attached to his human pack, yet with the intelligence, quickness, and courage of a dog used to working in tough Northern conditions. It's no wonder the breed is becoming such a favorite!
10) Interesting DNA
DNA testing of the Finnish Lapphund and back-tracing of their lineage has revealed a lot about the breed as a whole and its role in the modern world today, and this is really interesting in and of itself.
Mitochondrial DNA testing of the breed places them in a subclade known as d1, and this only occurs within dog breeds that originate from Northern Scandinavia. The d1 subclade can be traced back for over 3,000 years, and is shared by other breeds from the region, including the Swedish Lapphund and the Norwegian Elkhound. The d1 subclade itself has been pinpointed to have occurred as the result of a female wolf mating with a domesticated male dog, and this exact match has not been found anywhere else in Eurasia.