Pello is well-known throughout Finland as a dog-friendly municipality. For example, Pello is home to the Rohkihalli, an important place for dog sports events. Pello is also a reindeer herding area, and reindeer dogs have traditionally played a significant role in reindeer husbandry in Lapland.
It is no wonder that the Finnish Lapphund, alongside the reindeer and the salmon, has become a symbol of Pello tourism. The good-natured Finnish Lapphund is a slightly smaller, long-haired shepherd dog. Alongside the Lapland reindeer dog, it is one of the two Finnish Lapland breeds, traditionally used to shepherd reindeer.
In addition to reindeer farms, you can meet Finnish Lapphunds in Pello with their owners or with fellow travelers, while salmon fishing, snowmobiling, or even accompanying Santa Claus. Some well-known Finnish Lapphunds from Pello include Miisu from the Reindeer Lake Resort Reindeer Farm (Puolukkamaan Pirtit), Tilda from Heidi Mummola (“Heidi’s Farm and Grandma’s Cottage”), and Mosku from the Naamisuvanto Salmon Fishing Resort, which is certainly the most famous salmon-fishing reindeer dog.
Finnish Lapphunds are certainly popular throughout Finland, but outside of the Nordic countries, this fascinating dog breed is rare.
For additional information on the Finnish Lapphund: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_Lapphund
VIDEO: Finnish Lapphund Miisu of Reindeer Lake Resort reindeer farm in Santatelevision