Breed origin: Sweden
Original purpose: Originally used for hunting and as a guardian by the Sami people of Lappland and later served as a herding dog of Sami reindeer.
AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service
Height: males 18 to 20 inches;
females 16 to 18 inches
Color: Black or bear brown, sometimes with small amounts of white markings.
General characteristics/temperament: The Swedish Lapphund is intelligent, lively, alert, patient, friendly, kind, and devoted. They make loving family companions, and are very versatile and excel in many canine sports and activitives. They are the national breed of Sweden.
Easy to train? Yes
Energy/Activity Level: High
Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, rally, tracking, hunting, herding, search and rescue.
Grooming requirement: Despite having a profuse double coat, they are very easy to groom. The coat naturally sheds dirt, and only needs regular brushing, especially during shedding season.
Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Wikipedia breed information page
Page Last Updated: February 1, 2018