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Lapponian Herder (Black & White, Face)
Black & White, Face

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Name Lapponian Herder
Other names Lapland Reindeer Dog, Reindeer Herder, Lapinporokoira
Origin Finland
Breed Group Herding
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years







Male: 19–21 inches (48–54 cm)

Female: 17–19 inches (43–49 cm)

Weight 55-65 pounds





Litter Size 3-5 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1000 - $2000 USD


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Hypoallergenic: No


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Lapponian Herder Puppy (Black & White, Face)
Black & White, Face

Lapponian Herder Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Chloe
02 Dexter Bella
03 Bailey Missie
04 Jack Ruby
05 Louie Layla
06 Zeus Riley
07 Gus Luna
08 Oscar Emma
09 Buster Maddie
10 Bruno Piper
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Lapinporokoira is a medium-sized dog, with medium length fur in a double coat. Ears are pricked (standing up; drop ears are a disqualifying fault.) Colour is generally black or dark grey or brown, with a lighter shade on the head and lower parts of the body, often with white markings. Height should be 51 cm (20 in) at the withers for males, 46 cm (18 in) for females. Males and females should look distinctly different. Weight is between 55-65 pounds, males usually heavier than females.

The breed standard states that the dog should be calm, friendly, and docile, but also energetic. Most herding breeds need to be given regular exercise. The temperament of individual dogs may vary.


The Lapinporokoira is recognised under Finnish sponsorship as Fédération Cynologique Internationale breed number 284, in Group 5 Spitz and primitive types Section 3 Nordic Watchdogs and Herders. The stud book for the breed remains open. Exported to North America, it is recognised there by the United Kennel Club in the Herding Group (the United Kennel Club places the Finnish Lapphund in the Northern Breed Group.) It is also recognised by various minor kennel clubs and internet based dog registry businesses, and promoted as a rare breed for those seeking a unique pet.

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