The Finnish Lapphund resembles the appearance of a spitz-type dog, but still, its distinctive look is not to be mistaken. It is a medium-size breed that stands 41–52 centimetres and weighs 35–53 pounds. The Finnish Lapphund is slightly longer (from chest to rump) than it is tall (from shoulder to floor). Its body is definitely thick, but not compact or stocky, most of which is obscured by its relatively dense coat, hiding a well-muscled form underneath.
The Finnish Lapphund's thick coat comprises a soft, dense, and abundant undercoat, whilst the topcoat is straight, long, and harsh to touch, not to mention it is water-repellent. Its coat can be wavy for young dogs, but must it always be adequately harsh to be acceptable. Colour combinations of the coat consist of a single colour and a secondary colour limited to the head, neck, chest, legs, underbelly, and tail. The accepted colours are black, tan, white, brown, cream, sable, grizzle, red, and even tricolour.
When it comes to its coat, the Finnish Lapphund leans toward the high-maintenance grooming department. As expected in taming a dense and heavy coat, one must do a daily brushing to remove loose and dead hair. Brushing is also necessary to avoid the formation of any mats or tangles. Never neglect other areas of grooming if you don't want your dog ending up with infections. Make sure to pay attention to its mouth, teeth, ears, and nails as well.