Swedish Lapphund


A medium sized Swedish Lapphund
Swedish Lapphund Quick Summary
Also Known AsSvensk Lapphund
Height (at withers)16-20in (40-51cm)
Weight40-46lbs (19-21kg)
Hair Colour(s)Black, brown
Lifespan9-15 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size4-6
Barking TendencyHigh
Exercise requirements
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsHigh
Animal compatabilityHigh
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftHigh

The Swedish Lapphund is a medium-sized, spitz-like dog. The body is rectangularly built with a straight and muscular back, straight forelegs and a high-set tail. The head is wedge-shaped with erect, pointed ears and round, dark-brown eyes. The double coat is weatherproof, with a dense undercoat and a wolly outercoat. The colouring tends to be black, brown or combinations of the two perhaps with white chest markings.


Swedish Lapphunds are friendly and outgoing dogs that make devoted and protective pets. They are playful and love being around their families and do not like being left alone at all, otherwise this can result in destructive behaviour. These intrepid dogs can be very noisy because when originally trained to herd reindeer, they were taught to bark continuously whilst working. They can also be prone to digging, and early socialisation is required to address these issues. These are intelligent animals but they can also be quite idependant and headstrong. However, with persistence they are quite trainable and are suited to novice and the more experienced dog owners alike. Swedish Lapphunds get along well with older, more considerate children but are not suitable for smaller kids. They will tolerate other pets with proper socialisation, and as they are protective by nature, they will be wary around strangers. As a result they make good watch dogs and will bark to raise the alarm if something seems amiss.

History & Skills

Swedish Lapphunds originate from Sweden, as expected from their name, and are an ancient breed of dog with origins among the ancient hunting tribes of northern Scandinavia. They have generally been used as for hunting, herding and as guard dogs, but there are indications they were kept as pets during the Stone Age. Working the rough landscape of northern Scandinavia created a very resilient breed with great endurance, agility and a weatherproof coat. These days they make good family pets and are also used as working dogs, by search and rescue, by the army and are popular as competitive show dogs. They are fairly rare outside their home country.

Breed Specific Ailments

Swedish Lapphunds tend to live between 9-15 years and are generally a healthy breed. Some of the health concerns that have been noted include epilepsy, hip dysplasia and PRA.


Swedish Lapphunds are medium shedders that also shed more heavily twice a year, and so may not be suitable for allergy sufferers. Their short coat is self-cleaning and requires little maintenance, and will simply need brushing once a week or so, with little to no trimming.

Exercise & Environment

Swedish Lapphunds tend to live indoors and can even adapt to small homes when adequately exercised. Their background as herding dogs in Sweden mean they prefer cooler climates and need a fair amount of exercise, at least a couple of hours a day. This can be met with a long daily walk and access to a secure yard or garden area.


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