The Finnish Lapphund resembles the appearance of Spitz-type dogs, but still, its distinctive look is not to be mistaken. It is a medium-sized breed that stands 41 to 52 centimetres and weighs between 35 and 53 pounds. Finnish Lapphunds must be slightly longer (from chest to rump) than they are tall (from shoulder to floor). Their body is definitely thick, but not compact or stocky, most of which is obscured by its relatively dense coat, hiding well-muscled form underneath.
The Finnish Lapphund's thick coat comprises a soft, dense and abundant undercoat, while 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 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. Among the accepted colours are black, tan, white, brown, cream, sable, grizzle, red, and even tricolour.
When it comes to its coat a Finnish Lapphund leans toward the high-maintenance grooming department. As expected in taming dense and heavy coats, one must do a daily brushing to remove loose and dead hair. Brushing is also necessary to avoid the formation of any matts 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.