Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Swedish Lapphund

(Svensk 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NECK

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Thigh

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FCI
Muscular.

HIND LEGS

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
  • Untypical.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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