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LAPPONIAN HERDER


Breed standard - Lapponian Herder 1,7 MB (pdf)

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:

For hundreds of years the Lapps have used dogs of the same type as Lapponian Herder as reindeer herders. Acceptance to the breed register was started in the 1950´s. At that time the modern Finnish Lapphund and the Lapponian Herder were still recognized as the same breed. The Lapponian Herder was separated into its own breed 10.12.1966, as it had been noted that two different reindeer herding breeds existed.

GENERAL APPEARANCE:

A herding spitz, medium sized, clearly longer than the height at the withers. The bones and muscles are strong. The dog is muscular, however must not give the impression of being heavy. The sex should be clearly stamped. The coat has developed suitable for arctic climate.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS:

The length of the body is about 10% longer than the height at the withers. The depth of the body is about a half of the height at the withers.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:

Docile, calm, friendly, energetic and willing to work. Barks readily when working.

HEAD:

CRANIAL REGION:

Skull:

The skull is only slightly convex.

Stop:

Gentle, the frontal furrow is marked and the eye-brows clearly defined.

FACIAL REGION:

Nose:

Black or brown.

Muzzle:

The nasal bridge is straight. Viewed from above and in profile the muzzle tapers evenly towards the nose.

Lips:

Tight.

Jaws/Teeth:

The jaws and teeth are strong. Scissors bite. Normal dentition.

Cheeks:

The zygomatic arches are clearly marked.

Eyes:

Preferably dark in colour, yet harmonizing with the coat colour. Lively and set rather apart. Oval shaped. The expression is intelligent, in bitches also humble.

Ears:

Pricked, medium in length, set rather apart, rather broad at the base. The inside of the ear, especially the lower part is covered with profuse hair. Slightly floppy ears are accepted.

NECK:

Strong and medium in length, set smoothly to the shoulders. Without dewlap.

BODY

Withers:

Marked.

Back:

Strong and muscular.

Loin:

Short and muscular.

Croup:

Rather long and slightly oblique.

Chest:

Deep, long and spacious, not very broad. The ribs are clearly arched.

Underline and belly:

Only gently tucked up.

TAIL:

Medium in length, low set and covered with profuse hair. In repose the tail is hanging; in movement in continuation of the topline or slightly curved, but may not raise over the back. The tail action may also be rotating.

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS:

General appearance:

Powerful, attached to the body with strong muscles, yet free in movement. Muscular and well angulated. Viewed from the front straight and parallel.

Shoulders:

Oblique and muscular.

Elbows:

Turning not inwards nor outwards, close to the body, pointing straight backwards.

Forearm:

Vertical.

Carpus:

Sinewy and flexible.

Pastern:

Seen in profile slightly oblique enabling the flexible movement.

Forefeet:

Rather oval with all sides, also underneath covered with dense hair. The toes are well arched, the pads elastic and thick.

HINDQUARTERS

General appearance:

Well angulated. Viewed from behind straight and parallel.

Upper thight:

Rather long and broad with well developed muscles.

Stifle:

Pointed forward, the angulation is clearly marked.

Hocks:

Rather low, the angulation is clearly marked.

Metatarsus:

Rather short, vertical and parallel.

Hind feet:

As front feet.

MOVEMENT:

Free, flexible, effortless and sound. The trot is tireless. At a fast trot tends to single-track.

SKIN:

Tight overall without wrinkles.

COAT

Hair:

The outer coat is of medium length or long, straight, rather erect and harsh. The undercoat is fine and dense. The hair is often more profuse and longer on the neck, chest and on the backside of the thighs.

Colour:

Black in different shades, even greyish or bark brown with a lighter shade than the basic colour, greyish or brownish colour markings often on head, the lower parts of the body and legs. White markings may appear on neck, chest and legs. The undercoat is black, greyish or brownish.

SIZE:

Height at the withers:

Ideal height for males: 51 cm and females 46 cm with a tolerance of ± 3 cm.

FAULTS:

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 its ability to perform its traditional work.

  • Males not masculine and females not feminine
  • Very light eyes in black dogs
  • Tail curled or curved over the back
  • Soft, wavy or flat coat
  • Lacking undercoat
  • DISQUALIFYING FAULTS:

  • Aggresive or overly shy
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
  • Overshot or undershot mouth
  • Drop ears
  • blue, sable and fawn colour
  • NOTE:

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