KC Breed Standard
The breed standard was last updated here in the UK in September 2016. This contained a change to the colour description to include "except merle" the KC rolled this out into the standard of many breeds to protect against backstreet colour breeders.
In the KC system, the Finnish Lapphund is in the Pastoral Group of breeds.
Finnish Lapphund Breed Standard
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Kennel Club website for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure.
September 2016 - Colours updated
Last updated here September 2016, Copyright The Kennel Club. Reproduced with their kind permission.
The FCI Breed Standard is used internationally, including Finland. In December 2016 the breeds official name changed from Finnish Lapphund to Finnish Lapponian Dog, currently at this time the UK has no plans to update the breed name here. You can download the FCI standard here.
Finnish Lapphunds are classified by the FCI as Group 5: Spitz and Primitive types, Section 3: Nordic Watchdogs and Herders.