Finnish Lapphund Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Finnish Lapphund belongs to the Spitz group of dogs which are believed to have been found in the north of Europe since around 7,000 BC. Historically the Finnish Lapphund would have been used for guarding and hunting though more recently he earned his keep as a herding dog for the Sumi reindeer herds and is still used to work cattle and sheep.
The first Breed Standard was drawn up in Finland in 1945, the dog being known as the Lapponian Shepherd Dog; this led to the most recent Standard drawn up in 1996 and he has been known as the Finnish Lapphund since 1993. The register still permits unregistered dogs to be admitted to the breed if they conform to the Standard.
The first Finnish Lapphund was imported to the UK in 1989 and the Breed Club was formed in 1995. He is an intelligent, loyal dog who loves to please his owners and has the advantage of being less vocal than some members of the Spitz group. His dense coat is allowed in any colour provided the main colour dominates.
Rescue and Rehoming
Mrs Heather Head 01639 871497
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.