Finnish Lapphunds are generally 35-50 lbs (lighter weights for females), and are a smallish, medium sized dog with a double-coat, which means that they have an undercoat and longer guard hairs for an outer coat. The undercoat sheds twice a year usually, and comes out in large amounts requiring frequent grooming during these times, otherwise, a thorough brushing weekly and nail trims will suffice for grooming. They are kind and friendly dogs, and are in the "herding" group... which means that they were originally bred to herd... in their case... Reindeer!!! (We call them "Santa's Helpers!") Being a herding breed means that these guys can be barky, and can nip at heels and such unless taught that this is inappropriate behavior. Lappies are never aggressive, and are submissive to humans, making terrific family pets. They are very heat intolerant - this means that activity should be kept to a minimum at temperatures over 70, and extreme caution used.