Swedish Lapphund

Svensk Lapphund

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The Swedish Lapphund was originally bred with the purpose of herding reindeer in its native land of Sweden. The Lapphund is also the oldest breed still in existence in Sweden as well as claiming the title of Sweden's national breed.

The Swedish Lapphund loves all people and usually never meets a stranger (not the best guard dog). They make an ideal family companion, but should be watched when playing with children as they have a high herding instinct and may nip at them in an attempt to herd them.

The Swedish Lapphund is a very social dog and will need to live in the house with his family. The Lapphund should never be left in the backyard alone for long periods of time or they will become very unhappy and can become destructive and/or a nuisance barker.

Common Traits

Eye Color: Brown

Coat Color: Black, Brown

Coat Length: Medium to Long

Coat Density: Dense

Coat Texture: Straight

Average Size

Height: 16-18 in.

Weight: 42 – 46 lbs.


The Swedish Lapphund is a fun-loving dog who is always alert and ready to play a game or even complete a job. They love people, especially children! Since the Lapphund is a typical herding breed, he will be very vocal and can easily annoy neighbors. The Swedish Lapphund is not recommended for apartment living unless he has a stay-at-home parent who can devote a lot of time and energy into keeping him happy and well exercised.

The Swedish Lapphund is an intelligent dog and needs mental stimulation as well as physical activity.  Expect to spend at least an hour a day playing with your pet and exercising. Training should involve a lot of praise and positive reinforcement as well as treats and playfulness or the Lapphund will not cooperate with you. Do not leave them alone in the backyard for long periods of time. They will become very unhappy and could become destructive or a pest to your neighbors with its barking.

Activity Needs

Activity Level: HIGH

Weekly Walk Mileage: 10 (minimum)

Activity Per Day: 60 Minutes (minimum)


Maintenance Tools: Pin brush, de-matter, comb, de-shedder, nail clippers

Brushing Frequency: Weekly