Q1. Your dog’s pet name.


Q2. Your dog’s kennel name.

Lakeslapps Kessa

Q3. Sex.


Q4. Colour.


Q5. Age now or at date of death.

2 years 2 months

Q6. Why did you choose to get a Finnish Lapphund?

Having researched the Internet for dogs that were good for fur allergies, we then went to visit Toni to see if FL’s would be ok for Mark. We spent over 2 hours with Toni and her dogs and Mark did not sneeze once! Meanwhile the whole family had fallen in love with the breed.

Q7. What were the most challenging aspects of training your dog?

Initially Kisa nipped a lot and we found it hard to teach him bite control. Pulling on the lead is still something we are working on, particularly in the street environment as we have a lot of foxes and cats roaming around.

Q8. What could you train them to be really good at?

Sit, down, stay, recall (most of the time- unless there is a more interesting squirrel lurking).

Q9. How readily were they trained?

Kisa loves to concentrate on training particularly if food is a reward.

Q10. What motivates your dog in training?


Q11. What motivates you in training?

Bonding with Kisa, seeing results.

Q12. What type of food does your dog eat daily? Eg wet or dry.


Q13. How many grammes of food would they generally eat everyday?

200grms + supplement of training titbits

Q14. Do they “scoff” or “pick-at” their food?!

Both – depends on time of day.

Q15. Have they had weight problems?


Q16. Have they had any health problems?

No not now, Kisa was very sick as a puppy until we found a food that was suitable for him at around 9 months.

Q17. If your dog is deceased, what was the cause of their death?


Q18. How would you describe their health in general?

Very good

Q19. How do they get on with family, children, friends and strangers?

Kisa welcomes everyone as a potential playmate. With four girls in the house he is very well socialised.

Q20. How do they get on with other dogs in general?

Mainly great, sometimes he now ignores other dogs, or plays with very young dogs. On odd occasions he has growled and tried to intimidate another male but will stop when demanded/distracted by us.

Q21. How do they get on with other Finnish Lapphunds?

Loves all females, not keen on other males at all! In fact positively jealous!

Q22. What challenges do they present on a walk e.g. chasing deer, squirrel hunting, swimming, poor recall, scared to leave your side?!

None really, great with horses, ponies (haven’t tried deer) will chase squirrels but we don’t find it a problem as Kisa has good recall most of the time, good with passing dogs, runners, children, toddlers. Kisa does not like swimming but likes going in water in his depth.

Q23. Describe your dog’s personality using five adjectives.

Happy, clever, keen (to please) mischievous, noisy (at shows).

Q24. Have you owned or been very familiar with other dog breeds? If yes, which ones?

Rescue dogs – mixed breed.

Q25. How would you say the Finnish Lapphund compares to these breeds?

FL easier to teach and very quick to learn – grammar school of dogs.

Kisa as a curious puppy
Kisa adult