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Other Conditions

Any UK dogs diagomnosed with the following conditions are listed in the Health Results search


Epilepsy can be either idiopathic (ie where there is no confirmed cause ie primary epilepsy) or acquired (secondary epilepsy which may occur as a result of head injury or brain tumour.)

For Idiopathic epilepsy it is generally believed that there may be inherited factors, but as with humans, no gene tests are available.

Affected Dogs recorded by Lappalaiskoirat Ry

Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s disease is one of the most common endocrine disorders in dogs.  It develops when the dog’s body produces an excess of cortisol, and is usually seen in middle age/older dogs. The most common cause of hyperadrenocorticism in dogs is a benign pituitary tumor.

Common systems include (but not limited to):

  • increased drinking
  • increased urination
  • increased hunger
  • potbelly appearance
  • overweight

Affected Dogs recorded by Lappalaiskoirat Ry

Other Auto immune conditions

Steroid Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis (SRMA)

SRMA is a auto immune condition where there is infection in the blood vessels and the lining of nervous system

Suspected Polyarthritis

Dogs with polyarthritis are usually found to have stiff, painful and swollen joints in more than one limb, and often have a temperature.

Pure Red cell Aplasia

Appears to be a immune-mediated destruction of the cells that produce red blood cells

Meningoencephalitis of unknown Aetiology (MUA)

MUA is a group of autoimmune conditions where the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system for an unknown reason.

Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS)

Potentially an auto-immune disease that damages the retina at the back of the eyes, causes rapid and irreversible blindness

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus is a complex metabolic disease.  It is seen mainly in older dogs from 8 years of age and is more common in bitches than in malesUk affected dogs:

Physical abnormalities

Patella Luxation

 Affected Dogs recorded by Lappalaiskoirat Ry

Short Tail

The breed naturally has a long tail – so short tails would be considered abnormal

Early mortality

The finnish lapphund is generally a healthy breed living to 12-14 years of age and some even live to 16/17 years.  Where a dog dies young from illness it is very hard on the families, and we are not always advised on the cause, but for transparency the following dogs are known to have died under 10 years of age

Registered Name Age/Cause Sire Dam
Alkantara Miakarhu (B) under 6 months Lapptoppens Herax Honeybears Lumi Pilvi Of Alkantara
Alkantara Emmikarhu (B) 4 years/SRMA Lapptoppens Herax Honeybears Lumi Pilvi Of Alkantara
Bernavia Taika Tovi (B) 9 years/lung cancer Lecibsin Hapmi Bernavia Talvi Lieska
Elbereth Kukka at Cochochr (B) 3 years/pancreatitis Elbereth Matkamies Elbereth Kyky
Elbereth Saaru (B) 2 months/Suspected Polyarthritis Lumiturpa Otso Elbereth Taru at Pavoskas
Glenchess Vilkkuvalo (D) 6 years/heart attack Glenchess Sebastian Terhakan Unnu Leenu At Glenchess
Helsinki Noora Du Domaine D’Arinella Bianca Sambreeze (B) 7 years/Lymphoma Sambreeze Nalle Kannattaa Fandi Fendi Du Domaine D’arinella Bianca
Infindigo Monta Jaska (D) 2 years/epilepsy Elbereth Keskiyo for Infindigo Elbereth Onnekas for Infindigo
Infindigo Monta Rauhan (D) 8 years/cancer Elbereth Keskiyo for Infindigo Elbereth Onnekas for Infindigo
Infindigo Monta Sulo (B) 9 years/liver failure Elbereth Keskiyo for Infindigo Elbereth Onnekas for Infindigo
Infindigo Persikka Marja (B) 8 years /epilepsy Lapinlumon Kuuraturkki Infindigo Keksi
Infindigo Raita Susikoira (D) 4 years/epilepsy Terhakan Jallat Infindigo Juhla Kaija
Infindigo Riemu Mikko (D) 3 years Glenchess Ilolas Infindigo Keksi
Infindigo Tuisku Usko (D) 8 years Lapinlumo Albmi Infindigo Taika
Iolair Aatu (D) 5 years Chelville Tapio Orso-Farm Rosmariini of Iolair
Oberitz Laululintu (B) 6 years Glenchess Revontuli Oberitz Onnetar
Oberitz Kalevala (D) 4 years Glenchess Keikari Oberitz Onnetar
Oberitz Silmanilo (B) 7 years/liver cancer Glenchess Vaeltaja Oberitz Laululintu
Sambreeze Keskiyoll Nalle (B) 6 months Glenchess Ilolas Helsinki-Noora Du Domaine D’arinella Bianca Sambreeze
Sambreeze Pikkuleipa Nalle (B) 3 years Glenchess Ilolas Helsinki-Noora Du Domaine D’arinella Bianca Sambreeze
Sambreeze Piru Pimeassa (B) 3 years/Cushings Millermead Merirosvo Glenchess Shokolar at Sambreeze
Sambreeze Ruskea Nauha (B) 6 years Himmelriks Mahti-Joiku of Glenchess Glenchess Shokolar at Sambreeze
Sambreeze Suklaa Karamelli of Morval (B) 9 years/epilepsy Himmelriks Mahti-Joiku of Glenchess Glenchess Shokolar at Sambreeze
Sambreeze Suklaa Tryffeli (B) 9 years/Addisons Millermead Merirosvo Glenchess Shokolar at Sambreeze
Thistleglen Collier Laddie (D) 5 years/suspected poisoning Samejantans Iwaho of Thistleglen Lapprokets Boidheach

Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)  is a spinal cord disorder which affects older dogs with age on onset varying – but in the breeds studied it appears to have onset varying from 8 to 14 years of age.  The symptoms are usually a gradual degeneration of the spinal reflexes and muscle weakness causing loss of coordination in the hind legs. Sadly the symptoms worsen over time until the dog is unable to support itself, and these symptoms can appear worse in larger heavier breeds.  There are a number of breeds eg GSD, Cardigan corgis, Rhodesian Ridgebacks to name a few where there is a strong correlation between the presence of the SOD1 mutation and symptoms of the condition, however the test can be carried out on any breed – though it is IMPORTANT to stress that there is insufficient evidence to show a direct correlation for Finnish Lapphunds and the condition.   The situation is complicated as there are many other spinal cord illness and of course injuries which can produce similar symptoms, and the only true way to prove the condition is actually present is from histology post mortem.

Therefore in those breeds where a strong correlation exists between the SOD1 mutation and the disease DM, the DM test is effective tool for estimating the relative risk of developing the disease for a given dog but it cannot take into account other unknown genetic factors that influence the trait developing, as it is noted that there have been instances of dogs with two copies of the SOD1 mutation that did not develop the disease, as well as cases when dogs clear of the mutation were diagnosed with DM  (more information at

As yet there is no significant evidence for this condition in Finnish Lapphunds and recent research highlights some issues with understanding the genotyping of the SOD1 allele adding further queries as to whether this is a valid test as yet  –   read the research at  –neither the Finnish Lapphund Club of GB or the Southern Finnish Lapphund Society require this test to be carried out at the present time.

A number of breeders in Finland have already started to routinely test their dogs and the results are available as below

Finnish Club results

Publish UK Tested Dogs

  • Elbereth Matkamies – Normal
  • Glenchess Georgette to Bernavia – Normal
  • Glenchess Laineen Liplatus to Bernavia – Carrier
  • Lecibsin Ukas to Elbereth – Carrier
  • Pavoskas Britti Bandiitti – Normal
  • Pavoskas Charleston – Normal
  • Rycamrhia Deny Danjaruu – Carrier
  • Shacal Reilu Peli – Normal
  • Vis Et Gloria Notte At Lintukoto – Normal

Other Conditions

Paroxysmal Dyskinesias (suspected) reported in one dog

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