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Swedish Lapphund – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 33 to 53 pounds
Height: 16 to 20 inches
Longevity: 13
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt a Swedish Lapphund, Dog Breed Guide


Swedish Lapphund or locally called Svensk lapphund, is one of three Spitz type dog breeds used by the indigenous Sami people for hunting and herding their reindeer livestock. This Northern dog is one of Sweden’s oldest breed and its beauty is forever marked to this Scandinavian country with the Nordic expression “The Black Beauty of Norrland”.

Official Name

Swedish Lapphund
The Swedish Lapphund’s official name in its native country of Sweden is Svensk Lapphund.

Other Name: Swedish Lapphund,Svensk Lapphund


Date – Ancient Times
Country – Sweden
Family / Group – Northern, Spitz

Recognized By:
Australian National Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Kennel Club


This is considered to be one of the ancient spitz dog breed, with records of their existence as far back as 9,000 BCE. Sami people and their mythologies include their best of burden, with folklore and legends. But they are more prized for their practical uses, the Swedish Lapphund are excellent hunting and guarding dogs that can withstand the rugged terrain and unforgiving weather conditions of the Arctic region.


Swedish Lapphunds are known to be dogs that possess high intelligence making them trainable and friendly. They can be stubborn and are known for vocalizing. They enjoy the outdoors and a cool climate.

Bred For

Hunting and herding reindeer in the rugged climate conditions of the Arctic regions.


These are neither city dwellers nor suburban types of home pets. They were bred to withstand the freezing temperatures of the Arctic region and are natural Spitz who are eager to hunt, herd and guard.


Swedish Lapphunds requires basic care when it comes to their thick double coat. Attention will be needed during the shedding seasons; it happens during spring and fall, this is when they shed heavily.


Swedish Lapphunds will respond well to positive reinforcement techniques when training. Keep in mind that these dogs are independent and have the tendency to get bored during long repetitive sessions. Keep training sessions brief, fun and positive.


Swedish Lapphunds are considered as generally healthy dogs, but some do suffer from diabetes mellitus and progressive retinal atrophy.


They are true Northern dogs who are active and intelligent. These Nordic dogs require daily exercise is highly recommended.