So you think you found a Lappy, or know where
there is one in need. Now what? Thank you for
helping a dog in need, Lappy or otherwise. Stray
dogs, dogs in bad situations and dogs in shelters need our
help and support, and no matter what the dog turns out to
be, you have done a good thing.
About that dog. The very first thing anyone
should do when they find any dog is to take it to
the vet and have it scanned for a microchip.
No microchip? Not surprising. Finnish
Lapphunds in the United States
are still very limited in number. That translates
to extremely few rescue dogs. Our breeders are
very careful with their puppies and each dog is
microchipped. The likelihood that the dog that is
being advertised by a shelter or found on the
street actually *is* a Lappy (or even a Lappy mix)
is very, very small. How small? To date, in the
US, we have had only six (6) confirmed Lappies
come into rescue. Five came from someone with a
history in Lappies, and the sixth was imported.
That being said, we prefer to check out
every questionable dog just in case so feel free
to send us an e-mail at the link above.
the rise in breed recognition that Lappies have
experienced in the last few years, there are a lot of
shelters and rescues who are going to mistakenly (and some
knowing) label a dog as a Lappy.
shelters and rescues are just trying to get a good dog
into a good home.
Photos of the
breed are all over the internet and it's easy to mistake a
fluffy, black and tan dog for a Lappy, but fluffy, black
and tan does not necessarily make it a Lappy.
everyone to adopt from a reputable shelter or
organization, but do so with the understanding that the
dog you adopt actually is unverifiable as a breed,
regardless of any labels assigned to it, and to adopt one
that will fit your family and lifestyle. Shelter workers
and rescuers have no special or secret powers of
identifying a breed, and listed breeds are *often* wrong
on even common dog breeds. The only way to know you have a
Lappy is to get one from a reputable breeder.
If you *must* know for certain what
breed dog you get, buy one from a reputable breeder,
otherwise, please just enjoy your all American
contact the FLCA if you wish to find a breeder near you.