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Swedish Lapphund Breed Summary
Intelligent, Trainable, Energetic, Active and Devoted
These doggies have been around for 1,000 years and skeletal remains of similar doggies have been found that date back many centuries. They are also referred to, in their native country of Sweden, as 'Vastgotaspets', which translates to 'small spitz of the West Goths', a region located in the middle of Sweden. It's thought that they were developed to be versatile farm dogs, that could help in herding and bringing in cows, as well as herding them into market. Additionally, it's thought that they were used to herd and guard reindeer for the Nomadic people. They almost completely disappeared in the early 1940's and they only survived thanks to two very dedicated breed enthusiasts. Nowadays, they are fairly well-known across some parts of the world but remain a rare breed within the UK. Anyone wanting to share their home with one of these doggies would have to register their interest with a breeder.
|Other Names||Lapphund, Lapland Spitz, Lapplandska Spets|
Swedish Lapphunds are well-known for their high intelligence which makes them fairly easy to train. However, they are also extremely high-energy doggies which means they need to be in a family who already lead active lives that they can easily slot into. Additionally, they form very strong bonds with their 'human' families, meaning they can't be left alone for too long, as it can result in them developing separation anxiety, leading to depression and destructive behaviours. In order for them to mature into happy and well-rounded doggies, they will need plenty of socialisation as well as mental and physical stimulation as well. But for the right family they make lovely pets with the potential to provide you with years of joy!