Posted : 5/21/2010 8:12:22 AM
I have a Finnish Lapphund. Quite possibly the sweetest dog on the planet. He's pretty special. I've met about a dozen Lappies, now. It is a great breed. They are just so cuddly and gentle and laid back, but still plays tug and that kind of thing. I really like the combination of herding and spitz temperaments. Kivi Tarro is generally easy to train and easy to get along with and does what he's told, but he has his spitz moments where he's like "Eh, I don't wanna." I adore him and I think I will have another Lappie, which is saying a lot for me. It's the only breed I currently feel that way about.
Kivi is very friendly, but calm. He's the kind of dog everyone thinks they want. He makes friends wherever he goes and the more people and dogs he's with the happier he is. He is confident, but submissive, and seems to get along with everyone. He's also drop dead gorgeous. He doesn't need much exercise for a herding breed and his coat is easier to look after than it looks.
We also have a Swedish Vallhund, which is more herder than spitz, but he's pretty fun as well. I'm into the Nordic herders. They tend to be very companionable and adaptable.
This is Kivi Tarro: