The Finnish Lapphund was developed north of the Arctic Circle by the semi-nomadic Sami people of Lapland. The breed’s profuse double coat enabled it to live and work and outdoors in a region of extremely cold and harsh weather. Over hundreds of years the Sami culture evolved into a more sedentary one focused on their reindeer herds. Their dogs likewise made the shift from hunters to herders who helped control and protect the precious herds. The adoption of the snowmobile in modern times to control the reindeer led to a decrease in the Lapphunds’ value in their original regard but they retain their strong herding instincts and are very popular family pets in Scandinavia. When working, they are driven, noisy, and agile. When interacting with people they are calm, affectionate, and submissive and their sweet personalities are reflected in their expressive, teddy-bear like faces. Their thick, double coats come in a variety of shades and colors and needs regular brushing.