Swedish Lapphund - Svensk Lapphund - Canis Lapponicus Suecus
National breed of Sweden - also suitable as a companion dog.
European Winner EUW-07 Zagreb, Croatia
German Winner Dog Show 2006 (BSZ-06) & German Century Winner Show 2006 (JHS-06)
German VDH-CAC on Hannover INT 27/10 2007 and thus German Champion.
INTUCH, NORDUCH, SUCH, NUCH, FINUCH, DKUCH, LUCH, HRCH, DECH
Male. Born in Stockholm on May 3d, 2001
Sire: Swedish and Norwegian and Nordic champion Cahpp�s Illu
Dam: Swedish champion Kristallens Girma
6 CACs from 5 judges at 8 official dog shows, at an age of only 3 years and 3 months
- all champ CACs in the 4 Scandinavian countries and in Luxembourg and in Germany received at the first try from well-known judges: Liz-Beth Liljeqvist-Carlsson, Ove Germundsson, Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen, Hannu Talvi, Seamus Oates, Palmiro Cottafavi, Rudi Hardtmann &, Angelika Kammerscheid-Lammers, Milivoje Urosevic, G. Sch�fer.
The 9 CACIBs from Hannu Talvi, Seamus Oates, Kari Granaas-Hansen, Carin �kesson, Palmiro Cottafavi, Rudi Hardtmann &, Angelika Kammerscheid-Lammers, Milivoje Urosevic, G. Sch�fer.
7 BOB, 2 BOS, 1 Swedish CACIB, 1 Danish CACIB, 2 Finnish
CACIBs, 1 Luxembourg CACIB, 3 German CACIBs, 1 Zagreb CACIB, 3 Swedish
Res.CACIB, 1 Norwegian Res.CACIB
Kristallens Lihkku is the dog's registered name and Lihkku is his call name.
In the Sami language "Lihkku " means "Luck".
"Lihkku dutnje!"="Good Luck!"
Traditionally, Lapp dogs are often given their register names from the Sami language.
Lappland (the Sami country) is yellow-marked on the above map.
The Sami, "the reindeer people", call themselves "Same" (pronounced "Saa:m-eah") from the word "Sapme" in Sami - their native language.
Swedish Lapphund ( Svensk Lapphund )
It is said that back in old times the Sami - seminomadic people of Lapland ( pastoral nomads ), usuallly misnamed Lapps - got rid of specimens having white spots. Black dogs are easier to locate on white snow or green grass. Others say that this is just a myth. Under all circumstances, nowadays a tiny white spot on the chest and white paws are acceptable for the breed according to the breed standard.
Note. According to Hellqvist's ethymological dictionary, the word " Lapp " means " someone who lives in the northern wilderness "
A dog full of endurance and toughness
Height at withers: ideal size males: 48 cm (19 ins), allowance of +/- 3 cm (18-20 ins); ideal size females: 43 cm (17 ins), allowance of +/- 3 cm (16-18 ins).
Nowadays the breed is kept foremost as a companion dog. It is very versatile, uitable for obedience training, agility, herding, tracking injured wild animals etc and easy to train.
A cuddly bear cub?
But in most cases the adversary had to give in, since the Swedish Lapphund is as fast as a lightning, rushing around and stressing its adversary, quickly rolling sideways like a Black Ninja fighter.
Very easy to train
Nowadays, it is appreciated as a good companion especially in families with children, since it is very fond of children, available, most willing to learn and extremely easy to train.
A barking dog
The Swedish Lapphund is a show dog, companion and guardian, and is useful in herding, search and rescue, agility, obedience competition and hunting. It is described as being affectionate, well disciplined and faithful.
Needs mental and physical acitivity
Our Lihkku is unafraid of things going on around it and is not at all scared by noisy city traffic with big buses and fire brigades and crowdy side-walks. The Lapphund has normally a very good non-aggressive "dog's speech" in meetings with other dogs.
Also does well in a city environment
The Swedish Lapphund is interested in all sorts of activities and large cities can provide a number of interesting diversions for them. Lapphunds should not be left alone in an apartment all day long, however. They should be walked for at least three hours a day.
A hardworking dog
But in modern times, the Sami have made use of motorcycles and even helicopters, to manage their reindeer herds. They no longer rely exclusively on the Swedish Lapphund. Consequently, they have been somewhat neglected as a herding dog - their traditional role.
A rather rare breed
It is registered as breed N:o 1 in the Swedish Kennel Club ( Svenska Kennelklubben, SKK ).
On an average only about 130 specimens of Swedish Lapphund ( Svensk Lapphund ) are born and registered every year.
According to our information, today there should probably be about 1200 specimens of Swedish Lapphund registered with the Swedish Kennel Club ( Svenska Kennelklubben, SKK ) in the whole of Sweden.
Today Swedish Lapphund also has made a come-back to his original masters - the Sami people - because of its fitness for reindeer herding.
The saving of an almost extinct breed
Three recognized breeds of Lappland's herding dogs
Similar dogs occur in adjoining regions of Russia. Most of Lappland is North of the Arctic Circle, and for centuries the Sami who live there have relied on the reindeer for food and clothing, first hunting them and later herding them. At first the Lapphund helped in hunting, later on in herding. The Lapplandish breeds are typical Nordic "spitzes", with dense double coat, ears pointed and erected, tails curled over the back.
After the war, representatives of the kennel clubs of both Finland and Sweden were sent to the Sami region to select a foundation stock, but differences in opinions soon arose, since breeders in the two countries preferred slightly different types. In 1944 the standard for the Swedish Lapphund was approved by FCI (F�d�ration Cynologique Internationale) and eventually the Finnish Lapphund was recognized as a separate breed.
Svensk Lapphund - FCI Standard No. 135 ( Chien suedois de Laponie, Schwedischer Lapphund / auch Lappenspitz /, Swedish Lapphund, Perro Sueco de Laponia ).
Many Swedish Lapphunds were taken to southern Sweden as pets and the breed then became concentrated in that part of the country. Breeders there focused more on consistency, while the Swedish Lapphund in the North often mixed with other breeds.
Swedish Lapphund in other countries than Sweden
Note. Correct spelling of
the Samian name with initial C with a "caron" as a diacritic sign and
written "Cahppes" without diacritic signs and pronounced Chappes with
the stress on the first syllable. The semantic meaning of the word
"Čahpp�s" in the Sami language is "black" when referring to an
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