The name of this dog breed is the Swedish Lapphund, which is fitting because its country of origin is Sweden. The Swedish Lapphund is the national breed of Sweden and was the first dog registered by the Swedish Kennel Club. In 1903, it was officially acknowledged as a breed of its own. The Swedish Lapphund has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since April 2007 and has been assigned the Herding Group designation .
Alternative names for the Swedish Lapphund include : Lapland Spitz, Lapphund, Lapplandska Spets, Lapinkoira, Suomenlapinkoira, and Svensk Lapphund.
History: Swedish Lapphunds are a very old breed. Some historians have speculated that the Swedish Lapphund is even 9000 years old. The Swedish Lapphund is the oldest of the native Swedish breeds with a history dating back thousands of years. Believed to be descended from the ancient Nordic spitz, it is one of the oldest known breeds in existence today. Originally used for herding the Sami people’s reindeer, they are mostly used today as a companion dog or for shepherding in their native country. The breed is not common outside its home country of Sweden.
General Physical Description: A typical spitz in stature, the Lapphund is a muscular dog with a rectangular shape and has a substantial and weatherproof coat. The Swedish Lapphund has a double coat. The under coat is straight and long. The outer coat is dense and curly. The average height of the Swedish Lapphund is between 16 – 20 inches. The average weight of this breed is between 43 – 45 pounds. The main colors of the Swedish Lapphund are brown or black.
Personality: The Swedish Lapphund is a friendly and intelligent breed. Most people find them very appealing. The Swedish Lapphund can accurately be described as faithful, affectionate, kind and alert. They will do well with children and are actually quite fond of them. If they are introduced in the correct manner, they also get along with other pets. The Swedish Lapphund is a devoted and lively companion that requires active and constant involvement with his human pack. It is a bright and eager breed well suited to herding, agility, obedience and other canine sports.
There are approximately 1200 Swedish Lapphunds in the world – the majority in Sweden. Swedish Lappies are also found in Finland, Norway, England, Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Russia, Australia and the United States.
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