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Swedish Lapphund

(Svensk Lapphund)

Swedish Lapphund

Swedish Lapphund


ORIGIN

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FCI
Sweden.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
10.11.2011.
KC
February 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Reindeer herding dog, nowadays mainly kept as an all-round companion dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 5Spitz and primitive types
Section 3Nordic Watchdogs and Herders
Without working trial

KC
Pastoral
UKC
Northern Breed

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Renée Sporre-Willes / Original version (En).

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Swedish Lapphund has been known in the Nordic area for centuries. It is a Nordic Spitz used in the past for reindeer herding, hunting and as a watchdog by the nomadic Laplanders. Nowadays it is mainly kept as a versatile companion dog.
UKC
The Swedish Lapphund is a Nordic spitz breed that was originally used by the nomadic Laplanders for herding reindeer. It has been known in the Nordic regions for centuries. Today it is mainly used as a companion. The Swedish Lapphund was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Typical Spitz dog of slightly less than medium size and with proud head carriage
KC
Typical Spitz dog. Of medium size and rectangular shape.
UKC
A typical spitz type dog of slightly less than medium size, with proud head carriage, and a weather resistant coat.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Rectangular body shape.
KC
Intelligent, quick to learn and patient.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Lively, alert, kind and affectionate. The Lapphund is very receptive, attentive and willing to work. Its abilities as a good herding dog made it very useful in the reindeer trade. It is very versatile, suitable for obedience training, agility, herding, tracking, etc. It is easy to train, full of endurance and toughness.
KC
Kind, friendly, devoted, lively and alert.
UKC
The breed is very receptive and willing to work, and its abilities as a guard and herder made it very useful in the reindeer trade. They are lively, alert, kind and affectionate, easy to train and suitable for many different endeavors such as obedience, agility, herding and tracking.

HEAD

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KC
Wedge shaped, slightly longer than broad, fairly prominent occiput. Stop well defined, muzzle a little more than one third length of head. Foreface strong with no suggestion of snipiness. Nose dark, preferably black, bridge straight.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Slightly longer than broad; forehead rounded and occiput not clearly defined.
UKC
The skull is slightly longer than it is wide. It is rounded at the forehead, and the occiput is not prominent. The stop is very well marked.

Stop

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FCI
Very well marked.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Preferably charcoal black, very dark or in harmony with coat colour.
UKC
The nose is preferably dark.

Muzzle

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FCI
A little more than one third of the length of the head. Foreface strong, evenly tapering evenly towards tip of nose. Nose bridge straight.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Close fitting lips. Lips and palate strongly pigmented.
UKC
The muzzle is a little more than a third of the total length of the head. It is strong, and tapers evenly towards the tip. The nasal bridge is straight. The lips are close fitting and strongly pigmented.

Lips

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FCI
Close fitting. Palate and lips strongly pigmented.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Scissor bite with evenly set and well developed teeth.
UKC
The Swedish Lapphund has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Set well apart, almost horizontal, round, fairly big, but not protruding. Brown, preferably dark brown and full of expression. Rims strongly pigmented.
KC
Set well apart, round, dark brown and full of expression. Rims well pigmented.
UKC
Round, fairly large, but not protruding, and set well apart, the eyes are preferably dark brown. They are full of expression, and have darkly pigmented rims.

Ears

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FCI
Triangular, broad at base, small, pricked, tips slightly rounded. Set well apart and very mobile. Tipped ears are undesirable but not a disqualifying fault.
KC
Set well apart, short, erect, pointed and very mobile. Broad and slightly rounded at base. Tipped or dropped ears highly undesirable.
UKC
The ears are small, triangular in shape, broad at the base, and rounded at the tips. They are set well apart and very mobile. Prick ears are desired but tipped ears are not an eliminating fault.

NECK

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FCI
Medium length, clean-cut and powerful.
KC
Powerful, medium length without dewlap.
UKC
Medium length, clean cut, and powerful.

BODY

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FCI
Well put together, slightly longer than height at withers.
KC
Slightly longer than height at withers. Chest rather deep reaching to elbow, forechest well developed. Back straight and muscular. Loins short and broad. Croup long and broad, well muscled and slightly sloping. Ribcage long and oval.
UKC
The body is compact and slightly longer than tall. The chest is deep to the elbow, and there is prominent forechest. The ribcage is long and oval, with well developed last ribs. The back is level, strong, muscular and springy. The loin is short and broad. The croup is proportionally long, broad and slightly sloping. The belly is slightly tucked up.

Back

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FCI
Level, strong, muscular and springy.

Loin

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FCI
Short and broad.

Croup

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FCI
Proportionally long and broad, slightly sloping and well muscled.

Chest

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FCI
Rather deep reaching to elbow. Ribcage proportionally long and oval and with well-developed last ribs. Forechest well developed; well defined breastbone.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Belly slightly tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Rather high set, reaching to hock joint when extended. Carried curled over back when the dog is moving.
KC
Strong, oval and compact with firm pads. Nails and pads black.
UKC
Set rather high, the tail reaches to the hock when extended. It is carried curled over the back when the dog is moving.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forequarters should be sufficiently angulated at shoulders and elbows to provide good reach.
KC
Forelegs straight, elbows fitting close to chest, shoulders sloping and well laid back.
UKC
The shoulder blades are well laid back. There should be sufficient angulation at the shoulder joint and the elbow to provide good reach.

Shoulder

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FCI
Shoulder blade well laid back.

Elbow

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FCI
Fitting close to chest.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The legs are straight, strong and parallel both standing and moving. The elbows are close to the chest. The pasterns slant enough to provide cushion.

Forearm

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FCI
Straight, strong and parallel, standing and moving.

Pastern

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FCI
Sufficiently slanting.

FEET

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KC
Strong, oval and compact with firm pads. Nails and pads black.
UKC
The feet are oval, with tightly knit toes and hardy, elastic pads. They are well covered with fur, and the pads and nails are strongly pigmented.

Forefeet

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FCI
Strong, oval, with tightly knit toes, hardy and elastic padding; well covered with fur also between pads. Nails and pads strongly pigmented.

Hind feet

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FCI
As forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Well angulated, but not exaggerated, in stifle and hock joint.
KC
Strong, good width, moderate turn of stifle and hocks which are low set.
UKC
The hindquarters are well angulated, but not exaggerated, at the hip, stifle and hock joints.

Thigh

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FCI
Muscular.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper thighs are muscular. The hocks are low set. Dewclaws are undesirable.

Hock joint

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FCI
Low-set to give power of propulsion.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Dewclaws permissible.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Light and springy, covering ground, parallel with drive.
KC
Light and springy covering ground with drive.
UKC
Light, springy and ground covering.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Profuse double coat. Hair standing straight out from body, undercoat dense and finely frizzy. Short hair on head and on front of legs. Longer hair on brisket, backside of legs and on tail. Bushy, long and dense on tail. Forming a ruff round neck. The coat is weather resistant.
KC
Weather resistant. Hair standing straight out from body. Short on head and front of legs. Longer on brisket, thighs and tail. Forming a ruff round neck. Undercoat dense and finely curled.
UKC
There is a profuse double coat, with the outer coat standing straight off the body, and a dense, finely curled undercoat. The coat is longer on the brisket, back of legs and tail and forms a ruff around the neck.

COLOUR

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FCI
Usually solid black; bronzing is typical as more or less ”bear-brown” shades. White on chest, on feet and tip of tail is permissible.
KC
Weather resistant. Hair standing straight out from body. Short on head and front of legs. Longer on brisket, thighs and tail. Forming a ruff round neck. Undercoat dense and finely curled.
UKC
The color is usually solid black. Some bronzing of the coat is typical. Liver was seen in the breed long ago. White on the chest, feet and tip of the tail is acceptable, but more white is undesirable.

SIZE

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KC
Height: dogs: 45-51 cms (18-20 ins), ideal height 48 cms (19 ins); bitches: 40-46 cms (16-18 ins), ideal 43 cms (17 ins).

Height at withers

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FCI

Ideal size for males 48 cms.
Ideal size for females 43 cms.
Allowance for +/- 3 cm.
UKC
Height for males is 18-20 inches, with the ideal being 19. Height for females is 16-18 inches, with the ideal being 17.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC
Coat: No trace of undercoat.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
  • Untypical.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.