If you’ve ever seen a Swedish Lapphund, you know this is one adorable pup. His face is soft and gentle, but his spirit strong and alert. And hey… let’s face it, that’s a great combo for a dog, as you probably know.
Which is probably…
Why a lot of folks like to make Swedish Lapphunds their pet. But as you know, not ever dog breed is right for every family and living situation. Which is why in this article we wanted to take a moment and discuss exactly what it might be like to own one of these unique animals so that if you’re ever given the opportunity to make one of them your own, you’ll know if it’s a good idea or not.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Swedish Lapphund Fast Facts
Country of Origin: Sweden
Original Purpose: Herding and tracking
Height: 15-20 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 40-48 pounds as an adult dog
Dog breed Classification: Not officially recognized by the American kennel Club (AKC)
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Origin of the Swedish Lapphund Dog Breed
This Scandinavian hunting dog originally comes from a place called Sami and even has a place in Sami mythology. This work dog has been a hunter and guard dog for the Sami people. It wasn’t until the 18th century that this dog became a herding dog.
They were mainly used as reindeer herders (yes, they’re real animals!). As you might suspect, reindeer herding is some serious work. If you’ve ever been to northern Scandinavia, you know the land is barren and the terrain rough. As a result, this dog is sturdy and strong with a resilience not all dogs have.
Physical Characteristics of a Swedish Lapphund
This dog is a smaller medium-sized dog that is dark in color. He looks black to most people, but is probably actually a very dark brown. He’s very alert and thus looks like he’s standing tall with confidence! He’s strong for the work he does, and his coat is well-prepared for Swedish & Finnish snow.
Double coat is soft underneath but a bit rougher on top. His fur is rather long and will definitely need to be brushed, but it’s not going to take a lot of work. You will need to brush more during the shedding periods unless you don’t mind dog fur all over your house. Occasionally, you’ll find a Lappi with two colors. Also, please note that great bushy tail!
Temperament of the Swedish Lapphund
This lively dog is a great dog for the family. He’s very friendly with his squad, but may be a little disinterested in strangers. But that’s okay! He’s not going to be the quietest dog on the block, so if you have fussy neighbors, that’s going to be something to consider.
The good news is…
You can teach a Swedish Lapphund puppy to behave a little better and they’ll figure out when it’s the right time to bark. Like with most dogs, puppies are way more trainable than any adult dog. The best way to train is with positive reinforcement techniques.
Now since this…
Dog was originally bred to work, he will definitely need adequate play and exercise time otherwise he’ll get beyond restless. 20-40 minutes every day should be sufficient. Without this, you may find things in your house getting torn up. This isn’t because he’s badly behaved – it’s because you’re not giving him a good way to get his energy out of his system.
Swedish Lapphund Health Concerns
The best way to make sure your Swedish Lapphund is healthy is to get him or her from a renowned breeder. The Swedish Kennel Club or Federation Cynologique Internationale can recommend some recognized breeders for you to choose from. When you go with a reputed breeder, he/she will follow a breed standard. As a result, your dog will come from a better gene line and thus have less health problems.
Just like humans, even the best blood line can still have health problems, either congenial or from an accident or contracted. They are more prone to diabetes and progressive retinal atrophy. And like we said, any accident could happen.
Swedish Lapphund Costs
Getting a Lapphund puppy will cost about $400-800, which is a lot, but it’s nothing compared to what your annual health care costs could be if he or she needs treatments.
If your dog has a health problem, then there are going to be certain costs associated with medical care and vet visits.
Here are some sample medical costs:
Diabetes: $500-1000/year for insulin alone
Progressive Retinal Atrophy: $150-2000 (big jump, we know!)
Many of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.
This is why…
We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.
Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?
No, probably not. But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?
For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.