Were here to give you the 101 on the Finnish Lapphund with basic information about the temperament, activity level and intelligence of the breed. These beautiful Spitz-type dogs are more than just an adorable face-- they are hardworking and intelligent. Originally bred for herding reindeer in freezing climates, they are very hardy and healthy dogs. Members of this breed have thick, weather resistant double coats with the outer layer being long, harsh, and of virtually any color! They are always alert and active, especially outdoors, but are submissive and calm inside. Lappies require moderate maintenance in all areas: their heavily shedding coats require weekly attention, they need daily outdoor exercise, and training requires patience and consistency.
Intelligence- This is an intelligent breed that is also thoughtful, submissive and fairly eager to please. Sounds like a breeze to train right? Maybe not-- they require patient owners that can break up training into multiple short sessions to keep their interest. A bored or lonely Lappie can get themselves into a lot of trouble-- chewing, destroying and excessive barking are a few such behaviors.
Kids, Strangers, Other Pets- Members of this breed are excellent family companions and great with other dogs. They should be socialized early around other, non canine pets but usually do well with cats. Lappies have a tendency to chase small, furry critters. They are alert watchdogs that don't warm up to strangers quickly, although they won't be aggressive either.
Exercise- Finnish Lapphunds are active and outdoorsy. They love accompanying you with any type of outdoor activity and are also said to be very good at agility training and flyball. The average owner should be prepared to give them a few long walks each day. A fenced yard is recommended.