COLOUR IN THE FINNISH LAPPHUND

Black and Tan

Prior to World War II, and even as late as the 1970's, black and tan Finnish Lapphunds were present but not overly common in Lapland. Currently, the most common colour of the Finnish Lapphund is black and tan, black and light tan, or tri-colour. It is one dominant colour/pattern found in the breed.  Puppies who are black and tan are typically born with some markings on their face and or feet at birth, and often have some pink in their noses at birth. The colour further develops as puppies mature in most lines. The Saami call eye brows on black and tan dogs, "pennies."

 

 

Black with Spectacles

 

Black with spectacles in a very classical pattern of the Finnish Lapphund. Spectacles are sometimes present at birth, but often develop later. Dogs with this pattern can have markings in other areas including their legs, rears, tails, or chest. They are not solid coloured dogs, and are likely due to a combination of genes. Seal undercoat is not uncommon for dogs with spectacles.

 

 

Black with White Marks and Black

 

Black ("musta" in Finnish) Lappies may be solid in colour, or may have white colour on their chest, the bottom of their paws, or noses. This is a very classical, traditional colour. In fact, it was the first documented colour in the breed, and at one time, much more common than it is today. Is black recessive in this breed? Is it dominant? We actually believe that more than one genetic combination can cause solid black.

 

Wolf Sable

Wolf sable with black base coat is a dominant colour, which is the second most common colour of the breed. Wolf sable dogs display a coat pattern in which the individual bands of hairs are striped in different colours. The most common pattern is a black wolf sable, although there are less common variations with brown or grey coat as well.  Wolf sable is a very traditional colour.

 

Brown Variations

Brown Finnish Lapphunds, called "parkki" in Finnish, are darker brown (or bark brown) Finnish Lapphunds. Like black Finnish Lapphunds, they can be found in brown and tan, brown and tan/tri-colour, brown with spectacles, and less commonly, solid brown. There are genetic factors which cause this colour to "turn on" and "off" in cases where both parents are able to produce the pattern. Although recessive, brown in  a traditional colour. Dilute brown, or lilac, is very rare in the breed. Parkki brown is not dilute.

 

Sable, Red, and Cream

It is believed that the same genetics which causes parkki brown is also involved in soopeli (sable), parkkisoopeli (brown sable), or cream.  These are more recessive than the parkki brown variations in colour. At one point, red was more common than it is today. It is a traditional colour.

 

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