Lapponian Herder (Lapinporokoira) FCI Standard
The Lapponian Herder was used for herding, guarding and driving reindeers and could work in the harshest climates being also a great companion. It was considered the same breed with Finnish Lapphund.
Only in the 1950s, when the breed was almost destroyed, the Finnish Kennel Club decided to start a program to save the Lapponian Herder and later recognised it as a separate breed. Sámi herdsmen and the Association for Reindeer Husbandry took very active part in this program helping to preserve the breed by crossing indigenous working dogs like the Finnish Lapphund, Australian Kelpie and some others.
Finally, the Reindeer Dog became an official breed when in December 1966 the Finnish Kennel Club released the standard for Lapinporokoira – The Lapponian Herder. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) approved the breed standard in 1967.
Today the Lapponian Herder still remains rare outside Finland and Sweden where is serves as a great herding, working, guuarding dog as well as a family companion.
The Lapponian Herder is alert and will be a good watchdog, though it barks too much. But it will make a poor guard dog as this breed is too friendly and tends to greet all guest with excitement baking, jumping and «hugging» which can sometimes lead to unwanted accidents as this is not a toy breed. Remember this when you start training your dog.
A properly socialized and trained Lapponian Herder will get on well with other dogs and animals. However, it is a herder by nature and is extremely quick so keep your dog on a leash as it can pose a threat to the small canine and non-canine animals.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• von Willebrand’s disease;
• chronic ear infections;
• eye problems;
• ingrown nails;
• skin allergies;
• gastric torsion.
The Lapponian Herder will need a guidance from its owner who also must be patient, firm, confident and attentive leader. Your dog must trust you and respect you. Training must be consistent and combine repetitive tasks with positive reinforcement.
You have to remember some Lapponian Herder might be very independent. But in general, the properly trained and socialized dog will be very docile.
This athletic breed can successfully participate in almost any dog sport and loves games like fetch. The Lapponian Herder can adapt to the city life, but is not suited for a hole-day indoor living and needs plenty of time outdoors. However, this breed is also not suited for a full-time outdoor living as it craved for human company.