Lapponian Herder


The Lapponian Herder is a herding dog. It has an average build and well developed muscles. Its head is large with a definite stop. The facial features are dark. The ears are set moderately wide and are average in size. As with the remainder of the body, the neck is well muscled and extends naturally to the shoulders. Its chest is deep and somewhat broad. The rib cage is sprung high. The breed has a double coat. The bottom layer is smooth and thick. The top layer of the coat varies in length and is typically coarse. The fur is more voluminous at the legs, chest, and neck.


Also referred to as the Reindoor Dog, the Lapponian Herder is a unique breed. It is completely dedicated to pleasing its owner. When trained properly, this breed is pleasant and very submissive. However, some types may have an independent attitude. The Lapponian Herder is a barker. It is not difficult to train this breed. The breed is very intelligent and is capable of learning new things. It doesn’t usually have any socialization issues. The breed is full of energy and enjoys interacting with its family.

Height and Weight

The Lapponian Herder is an average of 17-22 inches and weighs an average of 65 pounds.

Health Problems

There are very few serious health problems associated with the Lapponian Herder. However, the breed may develop some conditions that are common to dogs in general. These conditions include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), retinal dysplasia (RD), and hereditary cataracts (HC).

Ideal Living Conditions

Although the Lapponian Herder has a coat that enables it to stand extreme cold temperatures, it is more suitable for indoor living where it can interact with its family more often. This breed tends to bark a lot and depending on how close the neighbors live, apartment life may not be suitable for the Lapponian Herder.


The Lapponian Herder is a naturally active breed. Vigorous exercise is best for this breed. It needs to be able to expend its energy. Although it will remain active indoors, it is a good idea to make sure the breed has an opportunity for extra exercise every day.

Life Expectancy

The Lapponian Herder typically lives 11-12 years.

Litter Size

The Lapponian Herder has an average of 5-8 puppies.


The Lapponian Herder has a coarse and thick coat that does not require special attention. The coat just needs to be brushed on a regular basis. More brushing may be required during shedding season. A bath is a good idea, but the Lapponian’s coat only needs bathing once or twice a month.


The Lapponian Herder is often confused with the Finnish Lapphund.




The Lapponian Herder is varying shades of brown or brownish-black.