BBS Breed Spotlight - The New AKC Breeds Pt 6 of 6 - Finnish Lapphund
Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight finishes off our new AKC breeds this week with the Finnish Lapphund. This dog has a very interesting ancestry and unique features, which makes it clear why it is one of the newest breeds recognized by the AKC. Read to find out more!
History & Background: The Finnish Lapphund is historically known as the helper dog of the Sami tribe, a semi-nomadic tribe in what used to be Lapland (now the northern region of Finland, Sweden and part of Russia). After the Sami people settled down, they kept reindeer herds which the Lapphund helped herd and maintain. With the invention of the snowmobile, the popularity of this dog lessened. However, in Finland and Scandinavia, they are still extremely popular pets.
Height: 18-21 inches (male), 16-19 inches (female)
Weight: 33-53 pounds (depending on size)
Coat: The Finnish Lapphund has a very thick double coat. The outer layer is straight, long and water-repellent. The Lapphund's under coat is soft, dense and fluffy. Males have a very thick mane of fur around the neck. This very thick and abundant coat makes this dog resistant to extreme cold. Because of this, the Lapphund is only one of two dogs legally allowed to be kenneled outdoors during winter in Finland.
Color: This breed has many different color variations, but there is usually one predominant color. Black, white, brown red, sable and wolf-sable are often seen. One of the most common combinations is black and tan (mostly black with tan legs and face.) Facial markings are often seen on Lapphunds, one of the most unusual being "spectacles." These are a light rings that appear around this dog's eyes and gives the impression of wearing spectacles. Read more