|Cantavia is a small select hobby kennel with currently two dogs in the house. The prime mover behind the prefix is a Master
of Arts (majors both in English and Nordic Philology) and long time doggy enthusiast in her thirties. I live in northern
Finland and work as a Communication Manager in the wearable technology industry. I also do some translating on the side and have published a Finnish-English-Finnish
My interest in dogs began when I was about eleven years old. One
of my best friends, Heidi-Maria Puolakka, who I later shared a flat
with, purchased a Finnish Lapphund puppy when we were twelve years old. It was a predominantly black dog with white markings, the cutest thing ever. His name
was Ch Jäkäläkummun Rolle, and he lived a long life, almost reaching the age of seventeen. I got to know Rolle's relatives as well, among
them his dam Ch Belladonna. She became the foundation bitch of
the Jäkäläkummun kennel (owned by Tapio Kakko),
where I eventually acquired my very first dog, NORD/FI/SE/NO Ch Jäkäläkummun Ensi-Lempi (a Bella great-granddaughter). This happened as
late as in 1997, since due to my sister's allergy I was not able to keep any dogs before I left home.
However, the fact that I did not have a dog of my own did not prevent me from taking part in canine activities. Anna Reetta
Lintelä, the owner of some top winning Maltese and Samoyeds at the time, happened to live in the neighbourhood, and I was a
frequent visitor at her house. I started attending dog shows, and later on took up Junior Handling. As I did not have a dog
of my own, I had to borrow one every time, and as a result I tried out many different breeds, such as the Tibetan Spaniel,
Bichon Frisé, Sealyham Terrier, Samoyed, Borzoi, Welsh Corgi, Maltese, etc. However, the most memorable wins I gained with a
Finnish Lapphund, C.I.B/FI/NO Ch Jäkäläkummun Kamomilla, who was still in the puppy class when we qualified for
the Finnish Junior Handling Finals back in 1994. The finals were held in December '94, when Milla had just reached the ripe
old age of 14 months. We were put through our paces by Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen, a Finnish all-rounder, and much to my
surprise and delight, we won. Needless to say, I was over the moon!
As the national title holder, I was invited to take part in the International Junior Handling Finals held at Crufts in 1995.
Of course, my first breed choice was a Lappie. However, dotting the 'i's and crossing the 't's of the Import Register
restrictions ruled that out, and therefore I was given a Norwegian Buhund, Ch Reinark Duffy (who had gone Group-2 at the
very show). I did not make the top ten, but it did not matter at all, I felt so privileged to even be there in the first
place. What a great experience!
I turned 17 that year and consequently was no longer allowed to compete in Junior
Handling. Naturally, I kept visiting dog shows and handled dogs for other people.
Marko Oja, Katariina Lahikainen, Lillian Petersen & Tiina
As mentioned above, I got my precious Lempi in 1997, just before my sixth-form graduation. Later that year I began my
university studies and shared a flat with Heidi-Maria and her dogs Rolle and Ch Jäkäläkummun Karrikippari 'Karri', a
speciality BOB winner. In 1998, I left for Denmark and spent six months there studying at the University of Odense. Of
course, I kept up with doggy activities, thanks to Sarah and Sonia Brandes of the
Lapinlumon kennel. After the
six-month stay in Denmark, I took off again and landed in
England. I spent another six months in Cornwall as a kennel
maid, taking care of Lappies owned by Clive and Dorothy Muzzelle of the Chelville kennel.
A year after I returned home from England I acquired Hertta (FI Ch
Orso-Farm Qumina) to keep Lempi company. Sadly Hertta passed away
unexpectedly in June 2009, not even nine years old. Lempi seemed
lonely as the only dog in the house so in October 2009 I acquired
GR/CY/GE/MD/MK/ME Ch EE VCh JW '10 BYW '15 Shacal Rosmariini), a Hertta granddaughter who is co-owned
together with Tapio Kakko (Jäkäläkummun). After
I lost Lempi in December 2011, I had to find company for Kielo -
enter Vuokko (FI/SE/EE/BY Ch BALT/EE/LV/LT Junior Ch Lapinpeikon Namupala). Vuokko is co-owned with her
breeder Katja Hietanen (Lapinpeikon). In addition to
these four dogs that have lived with me, over the past years I have had the pleasure of owning and showing some wonderful
canines, all of which are pictured and presented in detail in
the My dogs section. I want to take this opportunity
to thank the breeders and co-owners of these dogs and anyone
else involved for making this possible.
The Cantavia prefix was established in 1998, however, the first litter
was not born before in 2001. In 2016 I was granted the
Vuolasvirta award (№ 1046), which is the highest recognition bestowed on
a breeder by the Finnish Kennel Club. On average, I only breed one
litter a year, so I have puppies available on occasion only. I usually keep a bitch puppy from every litter and place it
out on breeding terms - this way I can increase my breeding
stock without having to keep that many dogs in the house.
I am a trained ring steward and have taken the following courses offered by the Finnish Kennel Club:
- Basics of dog breeding
- Advanced dog breeding
- Dog breeding today (2015)
- Canine anatomy and movement
- Fundamentals of dog judging
- Basics of breeding consulting
I have been a member of the Breeding Committee of the Lapphund Club of
Finland for a number of years now and am currently the
chairman. I was also the contact person for our international
members for about 15 years, and a member of the
committee that put together the book Dogs of Lapland - Cheerfully Present. I also
infrequently contribute to the Lapinkoira magazine of the club.