Swedish Lapphund Dog Names

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Introduction

The Swedish Lapphund (or “Lappy”, a nickname) is one of the oldest breeds of dog. Lappies were originally and primarily used as herding dogs in their native Sweden.The breed originated in Lappland (now northern Sweden) and was bred by the Sami people, a nomadic tribe that ranged throughout Sweden, Finland and parts of northern Russia. When the Sami people began to transition from a nomadic existence to more permanent villages, Lappies were used as herding animals and guardians of the people’s reindeer herds. The Swedish Lapphund, interestingly enough, is believed to be descended originally from the Arctic Wolf, thousands of years ago. Today most of the world’s approximately 1200 Lappies live in Sweden, where they serve as excellent family companions as well as efficient hunting dogs. A name for this gorgeous breed can be inspired by their looks and loyal personalities.

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Swedish Lapphund Dog Name Considerations

There are a few considerations to think of when choosing your new friend’s perfect name. Swedish Lapphunds are known for being energetic and intelligent animals. These dogs are also known for their loyalty to family and their ease of training.

The Swedish Lapphund as a breed originated in ancient northern Scandinavia among the hunting tribe of people known as the Sami. There is a legend among the Sami people that the Lappy came to them and offered their services as tireless and strong workers. All they wished in return was to be treated well. True or not, it seems to have worked out very well for both the Lappy and their best human friends.

With their compact and muscular body, the Swedish Lapphund bears a resemblance to…well, a black bear. Of course, this leaves open a wide range of possible names. Another interesting thing about the process of naming your dog is the option to consider traditional names. Many contemporary breeders choose Samic names, which are based upon the language of the Sami people who first bred and lived with these dogs. With such a wide array of factors to consider, finding the “just right” name for your new Swedish Lapphund should be an easy, fun and interesting experience.

Male Swedish Lapphund Dog Names

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Amigo
Probably your best friend
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Ashes
Perhaps for the lighter brown coated Lappy
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Baloo
For your “bear” of a dog
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Bear
The resemblance is quite clear here
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Beluga
Famed black caviar
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Billy
Perhaps an ornery dog…”Billy The Pup”
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Boris
Comes from the Russian term for fighting; great for your fierce Lappy
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Caesar
For your royal Lappy who’s ready to rule
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Chanyaka
The Russian word for “blackberry”
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Conan
Either the Barbarian or the talk show host, depending upon temperament
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Charcoal
For the deep black coat
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Danny
Gaelic in origin; great for fans of “The Shining”
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Druid
After the Celtic priests
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Dynamite
An explosive name
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Eclipse
A fairly creative name associated with the darkness of the fur
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Emmett
Derived from the Gaelic term for “strength”
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Fang
Jack London’s heroic dog of fiction
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Firewall
A good name for a protective dog such as the Lappy
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George
A good name for your best buddy
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Hercules
For your dog of infinite strength
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Inky
Fairly obvious one here; for the jet black Lapphund
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Joker
You may ask yourself “Why so serious?”
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Kuro
The Japanese word for “black”
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Licorice
After the classic black candy
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Midnight
Perfect for a dark dog
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Onyx
For the beautiful black gemstone
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Raven
Perhaps Edgar Allan Poe’s Lappy would have had this name
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Sable
Another reference to the coat
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Shadow
Name one this and they’ll follow you everywhere
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Twilight
Especially if you’re a fan of the movies

Female Swedish Lapphund Dog Names

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Andromeda
For your female leader dog; from Greek mythology
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Badger
For her tenacious and feisty attitude
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Belle
A beautiful name for your dark beast
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Bliss
For your delightful new lady
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Brownie
For the lighter-coated Lappy, perhaps
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Buttercup
For a real Princess of a pup
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Chloe
A pretty name for your little Lappy girl
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Cleopatra
For your strong and beautiful new girl
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Delphi
After the ancient Greek village; a pretty unique name
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Dooshka
A very Russian name
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Emily
Traditional, from Latin, meaning charming
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Fleur
French, for your flowery new puppy
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Heidi
After the famous story and film
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Iona
After the famous story and film
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Jezebel
Classic Biblical name for a dark dog
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Juno
After the Roman goddess who protected all females
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Kali
For the classic Hindu goddess
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Leia
For all “Star Wars” fans
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Melia
Interesting name based on the nymph from Greek mythology
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Natasha
Another name of Russian derivation; heroine of Tolstoy’s “War And Peace”
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Ophelia
Greek; perhaps for the Shakespeare fan
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Rubles
A Russian name of value
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Sable
A pretty name for your little dark-furred lady
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Suki
From the Japanese word for “adorable”
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Tattoo
For the Lappy who will be permanently etched upon your heart
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Treacle
Molasses is also known as “black treacle”
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Una
Derived from the Irish name “Oona;” fairly unique
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Xena
For your warrior princess of a pup
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Zoe
Greek for “life”; also called “Eve” by the ancient Hellenized Jewish people

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