Hardworking, robust, obedient, brave, and faithful. All these words describe a Lapponian herder.
This breed is closely related to both the Finnish Lapphund and the Swedish Lapphund - The main difference is their shorthaired coat.
Popular reindeer herding dog
Common to their relatives is the shepherd's instincts.
Lapponian herder's dogs were bred by the Sami population. The main purpose was to use the dogs for reindeer herding. The breed has a long tradition as shepherds. They are still the Nordic region's most popular breed for reindeer herding.
The breed thrives in extreme Nordic climates.
The voice is an important tool, so expect some sound
As with most Spitz dogs, their voice is an important tool. Historically, they used barking to collect reindeer during herding. If you own a Lapponian herder, you should expect a dog that makes much noise - especially during play, or if something of interest occurs or while they work.
On the other hand, the Lapponian is not a whiny dog. When they bark, they usually have a good reason. For example, when strangers come to visit, then you can be sure they’ll tell you! They also have guarding qualities, but a Lapponian Sheperd is never aggressive. As social animals, they are curious and interested in getting to know new people, not only adults but also children.
The Lapponian herder is versatile
Although their specialty is herding reindeer, they are considered a versatile breed. They can compete in obedience and achieve good results in agility. In addition, it is worth mentioning that they can use our desire to work in other areas as well. For example to carry a hoof, or pull a sled and owner who is skiing.
This breed consists of active dogs that need lots of exercise, both mentally and physically. They have the ability to relax on a sofa but need to be worn out first. The Lapponian Herder is a dog that thrives best outside.