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Lapponian Herder

Lapponian Herder Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 17-21”
Weight: 60-66 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate – High
The Lapponian Herder is found in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Dark Brown
  • Gray

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 12-14 years
The Lapponian Herder is considered a very healthy breed which does not have many medical conditions that affect it. Proper and responsible breeding will lead to happy and healthy puppies that thrive and live out their life expectancy. When a breeder is not responsible, you will find that the puppy you have is unhealthy and may suffer from a genetic condition or inherited disease.

Some of the conditions that you do need to watch out for in your Lapponian Herder include Von Willebrand’s Disease, bloat, ear infections, arthritis, eye problems, hip dysplasia, and skin allergies.

Von Willebrand’s Disease is an inherited blood disorder that may affect your pup. This disease is represented by a lack of proteins in the platelets. This lack causes the platelets not to be able to clot correctly, which can lead to bleeding problems in your pup.

Bloat is a life-threatening condition that needs to be treated immediately to prevent death. This condition occurs when your pup inhales or swallows too much air, and it becomes trapped within the stomach. It is said that this condition happens when your pup eats or drinks too fast. When bloat occurs, too much pressure is placed on the organs around the stomach and can then lead to trouble with body functions.

Ear infections are common in pups who have floppy ears. If your pup does develop an ear infection, he or she will likely be issued medication from the vet. You should make sure you clean your pup’s ears at least once a week to ensure that an ear infection does not form.

Arthritis is painful and affects the joints in your pup’s body. There is no specific joint and arthritis can affect some or all of the joints.

Eye problems may be present in your Lapponian Herder, and these problems include cataracts, blindness, progressive retinal atrophy, and similar.

Hip dysplasia is a disease that affects the hip joint in your pup and leads to painful arthritis that can be crippling in many cases. Your pup will have trouble when he or she wants to walk, lay down, or stand up.

Skin allergies are also a concern in the Lapponian Herder. You may notice that your pup is more sensitive to some things such as vaccines, weather, or certain products in your home.

The Lapponian Herder has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Lapponian Herder is considered to be a relatively calm dog that is relaxed indoors and respectful of your things. You will find that this breed is friendly and enjoys being around people. Your pup will do okay with your children and is not considered to be aggressive, but should be supervised to ensure proper behavior.

The Lapponian Herder acts as a good watchdog and will alert you to any stranger or intruder that may be near the home. You should properly introduce visitors to your pup to ensure he or she does not remain wary of them.

This breed needs a lot of exercise and is considered to be active. You will find that your pup enjoys going outdoors with you and would make a wonderful pet to go on hikes and adventures with. This breed is good on their feet, so they can take on any terrain.

A home is the best place for this pup, as he or she will not do well in an apartment or condo. You also need to make sure that your pup receives socialization early on. Otherwise, this breed can be dominant of other dogs and slightly aggressive.

If you want to have a performance pup, this breed is ideal for agility courses, obedience training, and herding trials.

Your Lapponian Herder is considered a bit difficult to train, and this is due to the dominance factor. This breed needs an experienced owner who can lead and be consistent.


The Lapponian Herder has moderate grooming needs. You will need to brush the coat of your Lapponian Herder a few times per week, if not every day. This breed does shed a moderate amount, so be prepared to pick up hair from time to time.

You do not need to bathe your pup on any schedule. You should bathe your pup when needed. You must ensure you clean his or her ears though, as this will prevent any ear infections.

Lastly, you need to trim your pup’s nails once per month to help keep them groomed and at a healthy length.


Your Lapponian Herder will consume anywhere between 2.5 cups to 3 cups of dry food per day. It is important that you feed your pup a healthy food that does not contain chemicals or by-products. You want to choose a food with wholesome ingredients.

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A Lapponian Herder puppy will cost you about $1,000. It is not common to find this breed in a shelter and you may be hard-pressed to do so, but it’s worth a shot.

In addition to the cost of your puppy, you will need to factor in the cost of vaccines, preventative medicines, food, supplies, vet care, and any other ownership costs associated with your puppy for the first year and beyond.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Lapponian Herder is a good choice for your home, but it is important that he or she is in the right conditions. This breed needs a yard to run around in and an experienced owner who knows how to train and handle this type of pup. If your Lapponian Herder does not receive the proper socialization, aggression may become a problem from time to time. This breed does well with children. This breed ranks a 3.


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