Dog Breed Group: Working Dog
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 30-32, Female: 28-31
Height: Male: 19-20, Female: 18-19
Origin of Name: The Lapponian Herder is a breed of dog from Finland, one of three Lapphund breeds
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For hundreds of years, Laps (Sami people) have used the same type of dogs that used to herd herds from Laponian herders. The breed is named the "reindeer herd" due to this original intent. Approval of the breed register was introduced in the 1950s. At the time, modern Finnish Laffhand and Laponian herders were still recognized as the same breed. The Laponian herder was separated into its own breed on October 12, 1966, as it was noted that two different reindeer breeds existed. In many areas, including Finland's own homeland, the breed is still herds and keepers. The Laponian herder was accepted into the Foundation Stock Service program in April 2017.