Country of OriginFinland
Nicknames and Other NamesLapland Reindeer Dog
Lapsk Vallhund
Reindeer Herder
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupHerding Group
Bred ForHerding Reindeer
Recognized ByAKC, FCI, UKC
Life Span10-14 years
Ideal Weight70 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height18-20 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeMedium-length, double coat
Common ColorsGray
MarkingsWhite markings
AvailabilityRarely available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToFinnish Lapphund

Lapponian Herder is a medium-sized working dog of Finland. Their body is muscular with a medium and dense coat. The undercoat is soft and the outer coat is straight and harsh which keeps them warm in winter. They need weekly grooming to avoid shedding and to remove dead hair.

Lapponian Herder is slightly longer than tall. The head is elongated with a slightly tapering muzzle. Their eyes are oval, set apart usually with brown or black in colors. Their ears are pointed upwards giving them an alert looks. Their neck is thick and the chest is strong and muscular. The legs are muscular and straight allowing them to move efficiently.

History and Origin

The country of origin of the Lapponian Herder is in Finland in the 19th century. They had been used by Sami of the Lapland for hundred of years to herd Reindeer, their original purpose. In 1966, many reindeer breeds were separated and made Lapponian Herder an independent breed. In his native Finland and other regions, this breed still herds reindeer.

The United Kennel Club has recognized Lapponian Herder under a broader herding category. The American Kennel Club has accepted Lapponian Herder in the Foundation Stock Service since April 2017. It is yet to be recognized by AKC officially.

Is Lapponian Herder Child-Friendly?

Lapponian Herder is very loving towards children. They make a great companion for kids at home. However, they are a herding breed and they have the tendency to herd. So, supervision is necessary to avoid nipping, biting in the leg and barking.

Lapponian Herder is child friendly
Lapponian Herder hugging a baby girl.
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Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of Lapponian Herder is docile, calm, and friendly which makes them a good family pet. They are active and likes to be part of the household activity. They are patient and do well with other pets but can be little aggressive towards male dogs.

Behavior: Lapponian Herder is reserved around strangers and can be suspicious of them. However, a proper introduction can make them welcoming of the guest. They love the company of their family and if they are left alone for a long time, they might show destructive behavior and may face separation anxiety.

Personality: The personality of the Lapponian Herder is energetic and calm. They are easily adopted in any situation and place. However the need exercise and needs to be taken out regularly for a walk.


Lapponian Herder is an independent dog who like to do things on their own. Firm leadership should be developed and make them see you as a leader. The training should be consistent and positive methods should be used in training. Praise them after they complete a task and reward them with treats. This will encourage them and they will be focused on the training.


  • In the native land of Lapponian Herder, it is named as Lapinporokoira.
  • The nickname if Lapponian Herder is “the reindeer herder”.
  • The average life span of Lapponian Herder is between 12-14 years.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesBloat, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia,
Ear Infections, Skin Allergy, Obesity, Cataracts
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Kennel Cough
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergy
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 27%
Fat: 12%
Fiber: 4%

Lapponian Herder is generally a healthy breed who rarely suffer from any kind of serious health problem. However, if they face any health condition, it might be the following canine health issues:

  • Hip Dysplasia: The dislocation of the joints of the hip due to undeveloped banes is called hip dysplasia. It causes a lot of pain to your dog on the back making it hard for them to go from one place to another.
  • Gastric: Gastric is an abnormally ballooning of the abdomen. It is usually caused by an improper diet.
  • Ear Infection
  • Skin Allergies


Lapponian Herder comes in the following colors and marking:

  • Black
  • Gray
  • Liver
  • White marking


Cost: The average cost of the Lapponian Herder is around $800 and it can go high up to $1500-$2000 depending on the quality of the breeders.

Height and Size: The average height of the male Lapponian Herder is 19-21 inches and female is 17-19 inches. The average weight of the Lapponian Herder is 27-30 kgs.

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