Swedish Lapphund

Description Swedish Lapphund

Focused, Lively, Affectionate
The Swedish Lapphund is a beautiful and loyal companion for all weather conditions. The former herding dog is rightly becoming more and more popular as a family dog. As a spirited bundle of fur with big eyes, he has what it takes to melt every heart in no time. It is particularly suitable for active people and families.FCI Group: Spitz – Primitive type dogs

  • Size: medium
  • Weight: 19-21kg
  • Life expectancy: 9-15 years
  • Coat type: long hair
  • Colours: black

Character Swedish Lapphund

The Swedish Lapphund already gives away its origin in its name. He is the traditional reindeer herding dog of the Lapps and Sami of northern Sweden. It is closely related to the Finnish Lapphund. Both descend from the same ancestors.
The breed is recognized by the FCI and belongs to group 5 of “Spitz and dogs of the primitive type”.

The relationship with the Spitz can easily be seen in the appearance of the Swedish Lapphund. The distinctive head and triangular ears frame large, alert eyes. With a height of between 40 and 51 centimetres, it is one of the medium-sized dog breeds.
Its fur is always black. There are only a few small white markings on the paws or chest.

Like all Spitz, it has a double coat with a very dense undercoat and a long top coat. This coat makes him very insensitive to almost all weather conditions.
The character of the Swedish Lapphund is very attentive, lively and friendly. He is well suited as a family dog. It is also often used for dog sports, hunting or as a guard dog.

Unfortunately, its original task as a herding dog is hardly needed nowadays.
As an intelligent and persistent dog, it is important that he is always exercised physically and mentally. Due to their independent character, consistent training is necessary. In experienced hands, the Swedish Lapphund is a loyal and hardy companion.
The Swedish Lapphund has a tendency to bark, which benefits it in its use as a guard dog.

If you start training early, barking can also be contained well. He is generally friendly towards other animals.

Diet Swedish Lapphund

The Swedish Lapphund has no particular restrictions when it comes to feeding. He can be well fed with any good quality feed. Care should be taken to ensure a good nutrient composition. Sugar, on the other hand, has no place in the feed.
Treats are not absolutely necessary for the motivation and training of the Swedish Lapphund.

But he is particularly happy about natural chewing sticks, such as cowhide or pig ears. Dental care should always be taken care of.


Although the coat of the Swedish Lapphund is as lush as it is imposing, grooming is not extensive. The fur is very dense and offers perfect protection against the weather. The solid structure of the top coat is dirt-repellent. It is therefore sufficient if the Swedish Lapphund is brushed from time to time to remove coarse dirt or sticks.
Daily brushing is only necessary during the change of coat.

Dog shampoo should be used very sparingly on this dog. It should therefore only be bathed in exceptional cases. A haircut is usually not necessary. As with any other dog, its nails need to be checked regularly and trimmed if necessary. The ears should also be cleaned from time to time to avoid infections.


The Swedish Lapphund shares ancestry with the Finnish Lapphund. They descend from dogs specially bred by the Lapps and Sami people to herd their large herds of reindeer. In this way, they served as indispensable working dogs for centuries.
Breeding became more and more specialized in weather resistance and independence. The dogs had to do a lot of physical work.

Persistent and willing to work, they formed the perfect partners for the owners of the herds. This secured these people their livelihood.
It was not until the 20th century that three independent dog breeds were formed and recognized from these dogs. In addition to the Swedish and Finnish Lapphunds, there is also the Lappland Reindeer Dog today. It has a shorter, stock-haired coat.

As technology progressed, the Swedish Lapphunds were gradually replaced by snowmobiles. Due to its loyal and pleasant character, the breed was nevertheless preserved. Today, they are highly valued as family and companion dogs. But they are also suitable for hunting, as guard dogs, and even as search and rescue dogs.

Swedish Lapphund Accessories

The Swedish Lapphund does not require any special equipment that is not required for other dog breeds as well. A good and stable fur brush belongs in the shopping basket as well as claw scissors and tick tweezers.
When it comes to the Swedish Lapphund, special attention should be paid to accessories for training and employment. The active working dog needs good training and is responsive to all types of activity. Clicker training is a good option here.

But agility, intelligence games or obedience training are also fantastic options.

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