A hardy and substantial reindeer herder from north of the Arctic Circle is the weatherproof Finnish Lapphund. Once he is certain that you are not a thief of reindeer, this type of dog is among the nicest of all. Finnish Lapphunds are easily distinguished from other Nordic dogs because of their luxurious coat, endearing spitz-like face, and thickly covered tail that curves over the back. Lappies are remarkably large and strong for their size, standing around 20 inches tall at the shoulder. They are swift and dexterous, moving with ease and being able to transition quickly from trotting to full galloping. Lappies are affectionate and obedient companions, albeit a little leery of strangers.
They yearn for friendship and suffer when abandoned. A strong “startle reflex” that developed over millennia of dodging rogue reindeer antlers is a distinguishing attribute of the breed. Lappies are well-liked pets in their native country despite their tendency for shedding and barking.