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Swedish Lapphund

Medium-sized and with the typical spitz characteristics of thick plush coat, curly tail and prick ears, the Swedish Lapphund is an intelligent and attractive dog. Coats come in bear-brown, black, brown or black and brown. Slightly longer than they are tall, the Swedish Lapphund is rectangular in outline.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Key Facts

Lifespan: Roughly 12 years
Weight:  19 – 21kg
Height:  45 – 51cm for males and 40 – 46cm for females
Colours:  Bear-brown, black, brown or black and brown 
Size:  Medium
Kennel Club Groups: Pastoral


Family-friendly: 4/5
Exercise needs: 3/5
Easy to train: 4/5
Tolerates being alone: 2/5
Likes other pets: 4/5
Energy level: 3/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 4/5


History and Origins

Health and Common Concerns

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Swedish Lapphund

Training Swedish Lapphund Dogs

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Did You Know?

The Swedish Lapphund is a very versatile dog, originally bred to hunt reindeer, when the Sami peoples began herding the breed was easily retrained to herd instead of hunt. They were also used to hunt elk, foxes and birds, which all require different skills from the dog!
They are the oldest of Sweden’s nine native breeds, and are the National Dog of Sweden.

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