Lapponian Herder

Of all of the world’s herding breeds, the Lapponian Herder is in the most northerly location. It is a direct descendant of the ancient Nordic spitzes, which accounts for looks that have hardly changed over the centuries. Originally bred by the indigenous people of Fenno-Scandinavia to herd reindeer and to hunt, this breed takes well to obedience training and is always eager to please.

Physical Characteristics

The medium length, thick, coarse coat of a Lapponian Herder covers a muscular frame that’s length exceeds its height, which is generally 20 inches at the withers. Weight can range between 35 and 50 pounds, with females being lighter. The chest is deep and the back is muscular without being heavy-boned. The longish head has a muzzle that is slightly shorter than the skull, and dark , oval-shaped eyes that are bright and alert. To match the bright eyes there is a bushy, medium length tail that is attached low. The breed is built to withstand the Arctic climate.


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