A “Blonde” Breed

Do blonde’s have more fun? Ask the Finnish Lapphund which includes “blonde” as one of its AKC acceptable colors.  The others are black, brown, cream, tan, wolf sable, blue, brindle and saddle.

The teddy bear adorability of this breed belies its toughness. The thick double coat can withstand harsh temperatures needed in a dog that herded reindeer as a “profession.” The advent of snowmobiles diminished the need for these dogs to herd “Santa’s horses,” but the Lapphunds are still used to herd sheep today.  Thank you, Finland. In 1940, a movement began to preserve this fabulous breed. Several dogs were collected from the Sami tribe to start a breeding program, the Finnish Kennel Club recognized a breed standard in 1945, and the AKC recognized the breed in 2011. Boom.

Finnish Lapphund by Lee Ann Shepherd

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