The breed is still quite rare in the UK (only about 50-75 puppies are born a year), the breed having been first introduced into the UK in 1989. Breeders are careful to breed for quality and not quantity, and with litter sizes being on average about five pups, the numbers are rising slowly. The Southern Finnish Lapphund Society maintain a puppy list, and they should be able to advise on puppy availability. Or contact us and we will be happy to put you in touch with breeders in your area.
Remember as the slogan say “A puppy is for life not just for Christmas/COVID”, it is better if puppies are not simply available off the shelf to be purchased on a whim, but something to aspire to, hopefully a puppy will be with you for 14 or so years, so your decision should not be taken lightly. Waiting for a puppy gives you time to prepare and learn about the breed and build up a relationship with your breeder.
I am often asked about puppy prices here in UK, I do hear tales of astronomical prices and loan agreements – generally 2020 prices are around £1500 – if breeders are inflating this due to COVID then I’d seriously reconsider the motives of your breeder.
You may think it easier/cheaper to get your puppy from Finland – just remember, the UK import rules mean your puppy will be at least 16 weeks old before can enter UK, plus there are pretty hefty costs to fly a puppy into UK, and import requirements to meet. You should also consider the environment in which a puppy would be living in these early informative weeks.
If you wish to be considered for a puppy from us please read our puppy promise first.