Finnish Lapp Hund Dog

Finnish Lapp Hund

Energetic, Curious, Intelligent 

Finnish Lapp Hund a very popular breed in Nordic countries is a sociable, intelligent and energetic dog with an extremely thick and fluffy coat. Due to its many enticing qualities, it is gaining popularity.

Finnish Lapp Hund Dog

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 18 -21 inches

Weight

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  • 33 – 53 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 12 – 14 years

Health Risk

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Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)

What is it?

It’s a hereditary disease that affects a dog’s ability to see. There are two different forms of PRA that progress toward blindness. It predominantly affects the rods and cones of the retina, which detect light, movement, and color. The pigmented epithelial layer that aids in protecting the rods and cones may also deteriorate. Blindness eventually results from the deterioration of these ocular surfaces.

% Of dogs affected

5%-8%

Clinical signs

  • Night blindness
  • Day blindness
  • Bumping into objects
  • Difficulty seeing in bright light
  • Unable to follow hand signals/commands

Treatment

Treatments may include surgery and prescription medication. 

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Hip Dysplasia

What is it?

Dogs who have hip dysplasia are more likely to experience instability and poor hip joint performance. It is brought on by aberrant joint growth and development, which can occur for a variety of reasons, but is primarily inherited.

% Of dogs affected

>20%

Clinical signs

Early symptoms typically include pain and weakness in the dog’s hind legs, which manifests in the dog’s unwillingness to stand up from a sitting or sleeping posture, climb stairs, or jump up onto a couch or other height. additional indicators, including muscle loss and an inability to exercise

Treatment

The treatment measures may include

  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Supplements for joints
  • Anti-inflammatory medications 

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Energetic

This breed is highly energetic and needs a good amount of exercise and mental stimulation. They require a daily walk and make great jogging companion

Curious and Alert

With this characteristic, they make perfect dog watch and quickly bark at anything unfamiliar

Intelligent

They are relatively easy to train and eager to learn.

Lifetime Care

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Coat

They have a double coat which consists of coarse, long topcoats and fluffy, short undercoats

Colors

This breed comes in various colors ranging from Black, brown, cream, tan, wolf sable, or blonde with a variety of markings. However, they have one dominant color in their coats

Hypoallergenic

 No

Grooming

To remove loose fur and prevent tangles it’s advisable to brush them weekly. During Fall and Spring higher shedding is seen and daily brush-up is required to remove loose fur and bathing once or twice a month depending on how dirty the dog gets. Finnish Lapphunds should never be shaved! Despite the thickness of their fur, they do not overheat. not even in high temperatures. Their fur keeps them warm in cold weather.

Training

It’s ideal to train them from the very beginning it helps them with basic command and manners. Expose your puppy to other dogs and people, and various locations to help them boost their confidence and comfort. This breed prefers to be with their humans and doesn’t like being left alone it makes them anxious, extra training is required to make them comfortable while left alone for a longer period.

The Finnish Lapp Hund proved to be particularly adept in the role of a reindeer herder. They are friendly to strangers who show affection towards them and a good belly rub. 

It’s also known for being highly affectionate and devoted to its family. They are also referred to as Finnish Lapponian dogs. 

Use rewards and praise together with other positive reinforcement training techniques at all times. As long as training sessions are constructive and enjoyable, these dogs are typically intelligent and pick things up fast.

Finnish Lapp Hund: Introduction to the Breed

Its happy facial expression reveals its personality and intelligence. There are obvious distinctions between the male Lapphunds having a much more masculine and unrefined appearance than females.

  • Small to medium size breed
  • Double coat – soft and dense undercoat, with long and harsh outer coat
  • Triangular ears
  • Broad and strong back

 Finnish Lapp Hund is best suited for:

They are ideal for people and families who wish to include their dog in their daily activities and who are committed to giving them regular, consistent training and weekly, thorough grooming. They are a versatile breed that is suitable for anyone who wants to participate in different dog sports.

Things to watch out for before deciding to own a Finnish Lapp Hund

  • They get along well with other dogs, but because of their hunt drive, they should be monitored around cats and other small animals.
  • If they are not given the necessary training during their first two years of life, they may develop aggressive behavior against other dogs when on a leash, especially in urban areas 
  • They might be too vocal of a breed for apartment living.
  • They are very barky if not trained at an early stage
  • This breed requires attention and care, they would easily get anxious if left alone for long hours.

What should a Finnish Lapp Hund eat?

They need high-quality food and the right nutrients required in their daily meal. Treats are a great way to train them but make sure it’s free of sugar and grains, shouldn’t be excess or it can lead to obesity.

Water bowl to be refilled and fresh, clean water is a must. Puppies, adults, and older dogs have different dietary needs. Two meals per day containing a High-quality canine diet with balanced nutrition should be offered.

Conclusion

Overall, this breed is intelligent, affectionate, and agile to be best described. They need a great amount of affection from their owners otherwise they can easily feel neglected. Finnish Lapphunds are ideal for people and families who wish to include their dogs in their daily activities and who are committed to giving them regular, consistent training and weekly, thorough grooming. They are a versatile breed that is suitable for anyone who wants to participate in different dog sports.

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