What Are Finnish Lapphund Breeders?


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Finnish lapphund breeders are people who develop and propagate the Finnish lapphund breed of dog. The first Finnish lapphund breeders were Finland's native Sami people, who bred the dogs to herd domestic reindeer.

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Finnish lapphunds were also used as general working dogs, hunting and guarding livestock alongside their semi-nomadic human owners. They are a very old breed and predate recorded history in the area. In the 1930s, the breed was standardized by Swedish and Norwegian breeders. After World War II, the breed was almost entirely wiped out by an outbreak of distemper. Today, the dog is bred throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. In the United States, the Finnish Lapphund Club of America is recognized by the American Kennel Club and is a large grouping of Finnish lapphund breeders.

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