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The Lapp dog is a very robust dog with good nature

A strong dog

The Lapp dogs are quick and intelligent dogs. They like to have things to do as they are very robust and somewhat stubborn. Nowadays they are allround dogs suitable for many purposes.

These dogs are very strong dogs. They may stay outside in the snow and cold for days. When herding, the dog can move 70-80 kilometres a day, sometimes in deep snow.

lapp dogs are strong But because of its good nature it is also a nice family dog. It is easy to train and easy to care. Many people love it also because it is easy to train it to become an obedient dog. But it can be stubborn. And best thing is its sense of loyalty to its owners.

The history of these dogs go centuries back. The former reindeer herders of Lapland domesticated spitz dogs to assist in their work to help them. These dogs were originally crossed with herding breeds from Europe. The result was a dog which is a strong herding dog with good health and good nature. It's also the oldest Nordic race. As yoIt loves deep snow.(Photo: Olav E. Johansen)

As the snowmobiles come, these dogs were not used much in reindeer herding. But maybe as a result of higher machine and fuel costs, the reindeer herders of Lapland have taken a new look at their former herding dog.

There are 3 breeds that have been developed from the original spitz dogs - and later herding dogs - of Lapland.


The Lapp dogs like, and need, challenges. That's why many owners train their dogs in agility and obedience. They also train them to follow blood tracks. And many participate in competitions and dog exhibitions. Truly, these dogs are very lovable and versatile dogs.

1. The Swedish Lapphund
swedish lapp dog
(Photo: Henrik Emanuelsson)

2. The Finnish Lapphund
Finnish lapp dog
(Photo: Mariann Haukedal)

3. The Laponian herder
Lapland herder dog
(Photo: Synnøve Lund)

If you want to travel with your dog in Lapland, you may want to know which hotels that accept your friend into your room. We have prepared an extensive list of hotels that accept dogs in the rooms.

Read a little more about the breeding history of Lapp dogs.

Read also about rules for bringing your dogs or other pets into Lapland

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