News & updates 2014
|6 Dec 2014
Helsinki Winner 2014, Helsinki Fair Centre 6 Dec: Netta graded
Excellent in the champion class under Anneli Pukkila.
|22 Nov 2014
Vuokko's Pompe disease
status is Normal/Clear.
|9 Nov 2014
Vuokko had her health
tests done this week and the results are top notch:
her eyes are clear and she is free from patella luxation
and heart murmurs. What is more, her hip and elbow scores came
back from the Finnish Kennel Club as A/A &
0/0. Very happy! Vuokko's Pompe disease status will
be available soon.
updated with a new photo -
thank you Sari Ojala!
|11 Oct 2014
Autumn Specialty of the Lapphund Club of Finland,
Oulu 5 Oct: I was chairing the show committee of this
huge event (271 dogs entered out of which 177 were
Finnish Lapphunds) so was busy as a bee throughout the weekend,
however, the Cantavia team was represented by a couple of
dogs and their owners: Halla got a very
nice third place in the junior bitch class of 19 while Papu was graded VG.
Myy got an
Excellent grade in the intermediate class. Finnish
Lapphund bitches were judged by Sakari Poti.
Harstad International, Norway 5 Oct: Shown by Pinja
took a third place and a CQ grading in the champion
class under Børge Espeland. Thank you Pinja
for taking Vuokko with you!
|28 Sept 2014
puppies moved to their new homes early
stayed next door to his mum at Pyhäntä while
Iita now resides
at the Hallanoron kennels at Vuokatti. Usva became the
newest member of my team and lives in Oulu with
Lappie enthusiast Jenna Sergejeff. Thank you
Matleena and Heikki for taking such super care of
Helsinki all-breed show 7 Sept: I would not normally
bother travelling all the way to Helsinki just for
a regular all-breed show, however, with so few Finnish
Lapphund breeder judges in the world, I try to show
my dogs under them every chance I get. As Kielo is bred by one and
co-owned by another, getting her evaluated by a breeder judge is a particularly rare
treat. Toni Jackson (Elbereth) of the UK had an entry
of 37 to sort out and Kielo, well liked by all
breeder judges so far, was also to Ms Jackson's
liking and went all the way to Best of Breed! Photo
below by Harri Kivimäki (also shown is the
newly crowned champion Lumiturpa Leisku).
Varpu's hip and
elbow scores are here: her hips are B/B and elbows
0/0. Thank you for having Varpu x-rayed!
Minea's photo page updated.
|31 Aug 2014
Fuglebjerg Spitz Specialty, Denmark 2/3 Aug: Kilpi was shown
on Danish soil under Ashleigh
and Terri Griffin from Ireland. On Saturday, she won the junior
class with a CQ grading and was awarded a junior
CC, while on Sunday she was graded VG. Well done Kilpi!
Valkeakoski all-breed show 16 Aug: Vuokko travelled to
Valkeakoski with the talented junior handler Pinja
Lämsä, who did a splendid job with Vuokko and returned
her to me with a stack of rosettes - from an entry
of 14 exhibits, Erja Nummi gave
Vuokko best bitch and the CC, which made her a
Finnish and Swedish champion (she had a Swedish CC
won at a specialty as a junior stashed away)! The below photo by Harri Kivimäki
shows Vuokko and BOB winner C.I.B/UK/LU Ch Elbereth Matkamies, who
also gained his Finnish title on the day - congrats
Matka & his crew!
Ii group show 16 Aug: A rather naked Papu (photographed left) attended her
first junior class show and got a Very Good grade
and a second place in the class of four from
Katja Korhonen. Myy (photographed
right) was graded Good
in the intermediate class. The Finnish Lapphund entry consisted of 12
Kemijärvi group show 16 Aug: Aila Lehmussaari
judging an entry of seven Finnish Lapphunds, Halla won the
junior class with an Excellent grade, whereas her sister Ronja was third
with a Very Good grade.
temperament tested at Hamina on 17 Aug by Tarja
Matsuoi and Leena Turunen. His final score was +125
points and he was gun sensitive. Thank you for
having Koda tested!
Photo galleries of Myy and Papu updated.
|12 Aug 2014
World Dog Show 2014, Helsinki 9 Aug: Unquestionably the
top event this year, WDS 2014 attracted a staggering
entry of 526 Finnish Lapphunds. Even though about
one third of the entry was absent, as many as 343 actually made it
to the ring and it was truly an
exciting and emotional moment to witness the Jeppe
grandson/Nuuk son Petäjämaan Viksu go
all the way to the top spot under breed specialist
Saara Sampakoski! Congrats one more time Pirjo and
Viksu! As for my team members, Papu did very well
taking the second place and a prize of honour in the bitch puppy
class under Kirsi Honkanen. Elina Haapaniemi
adjudicating in the open dog class ring, Koda got a
Very Good grading. Junior bitches were judged by
Mari Lackman and what a pleasure it was to
see Siehkku take a fourth place in the enormous
junior bitch class (76 entered out of which 42 were shown, if
I counted correctly), especially considering she is
moulting like anything! Varpu was graded
Very Good by Tuula Savolainen while Kielo got an Excellent
grading from Mari Lackman. I only brought one dog
with me but ended up showing quite a few, so it
turned out to be quite a hectic day and I did not have a
chance to chat with everyone - my apologies!
Nevertheless I had a really good time in and by the
ring, and when the judging was over there was one more
highlight in store for Kielo and I as we were asked
to be one of the Finnish Lapphund representatives in the
parade of the five native breeds right before the group judging
commenced in the main ring. What a lovely
experience! Kielo pictured in the breed ring by Taru
|23 July 2014
Kemi International 20 July: Papu's first time out
could not have gone any better as she went Best Puppy in Breed
under Saija Juutilainen. Halla did really
well, too, winning the JB class with a CQ
grading. Congrats to both! Photo of Halla courtesy
of Johanna Pylvänäinen.
x-ray results are now available: he has no
lumbosacral transitional vertebrae (LTV0) and is free of spondylosis (SP0) and vertebral
A new photo added to Remu's
page. Thank you owner Tuula Mursu!
|17 July 2014
|Sylvi's puppies are here! One boy and two girls
(all black & tan) born on 16 July.
Swedish Lapphund Club Specialty Piteå, Sweden
4 July: Siehkku graded
VG by Gunilla Sandberg.
Piteå International, Sweden 5 July: Siehkku
VG/4 and Kilpi (pictured
right) VG under
Leni Finne. Photos © Jenna Sergejeff.
Sisu's hip and
elbow scores are back from the Finnish Kennel Club:
his elbows are 0/0, however, unfortunately the hip score is
D/D. Thank you Pia and Anne for having
|2 July 2014
Gällivare International, Sweden 29 June: Marko
Lepasaar of Estonia graded Kilpi
Excellent and placed her second in the junior
class. Well done!
picture and gallery
updated. What is more, Raiku, Netta, and Minea's photo galleries are now in place.
|25 June 2014
Exciting puppy news! Sylvi is confirmed in whelp
to Kuurakuonon Caskikettu.
Suomussalmi group show 7 June: Jetta Tschokkinen
judged an entry of 17 Finnish Lapphunds. Excellent
gradings were few and far between (only three awarded), however, Siehkku was
one of the lucky few. Not content with that,
she went all the way to Best of Breed gaining her
second CC (not even ten months old)! Congrats one
more time Siehkku & Pirjo!
Tromsø International, Norway 15 June: We
had a lovely trip to northern Norway, enjoying the
magnificent landscapes to the fullest. 35 Lappies
entered under Elisabeth Spillman, the competition
was extremely stiff and I was happy to see Siehkku
win her class and get a CQ ribbon. Vuokko got an Excellent
grading in the very competitive champion
class. Thank you for the fun trip Matleena, Titta
& Pinja! Vuokko is pictured below admiring the view
Vännäs all-breed show, Sweden 15 June: Kilpi graded
Very Good and placed second in the junior class by
Rovaniemi International 21 June: Halla Very Good
and a second place in the junior class, whereas Ronja got
graded Good under
Galleries added for Kukka, Miina, and Mette.
|1 June 2014
Kittilä group show 17 May: Three Cantavia dogs shown
under one of our breed specialists Tapio Kakko and
all did very well: Nuuk got a
second place in the champion class with a CQ,
while Kielo's kids took a double victory at their
first show in the junior class with Siehkku
winning and Ronja coming
in second. In fact, Siehkku was the only bitch that
was awarded a CQ ribbon, so she took her first CC
and went BOS! Photos by Pirjo Kivijärvi: Nuuk
(left), Ronja (right), and Siehkku BOS to
Kontioharjun Kaamos (bottom).
Piteå all-breed show, Sweden 17 May: Kilpi's first
show as a junior went very well, too: Erja Nummi
of Finland gave her a VG grading and placed her
second in the class. Photo by Elisabet Laestander.
Oulu International 18 May: Another show for Siehkku and Ronja
over the weekend and both were placed in a large junior class of ten
bitches under Tapio Eerola: Siehkku was second
with a CQ and Ronja was fourth. Photos by yours
truly (Siehkku left, Ronja right).
Siilinjärvi group show 24 May: Siehkku graded
VG and placed second in the class by Jari Fors.
Muurola group show 24 May: Halla made her
junior class debut, too, and took a second place
while her sister
Ronja was fourth, both with a VG grading from Anneli
Pukkila. Photos by Jenna Sergejeff (Halla left,
prcd-PRA and Pompe disease Normal/Clear. Thank you
for this brilliant news Riitta, Milla & Titta!
Galleries added: Rauha, Ronja, Peppi, and Doris.
|16 May 2014
Rekku has a hip
score of C/C and clear eyes - thank you Sirpa
New galleries: Myy, Siehkku, and Papu.
|10 May 2014
Posio group show 3 May: Siehkku
competed in her last puppy class and did it with
style going Best Puppy in Breed under Jaana
Hartus. Photo by Mari Limnell.
Kalajoki group show 3 May: Halla earned a
BP rosette as well (judge Maija
Mäkinen). Photo by Jenna Sergejeff.
Burträsk, Sweden 3 May: Not to be outdone by her litter sisters, Kilpi was
also awarded Best Puppy in Breed. Well done all
three and keep up the good work in junior classes!
Maalahti group show 4 May: Vuokko went runner-up
to best bitch with a reserve CC under Leni Finne -
thank you Minna Suihkonen for taking Vuokko with
you and showing her!
Some excellent health results for Nasti:
he has clear eyes and is free from heart
murmurs. We also had his patellas re-examined due
to his dam's knee problems, and the vet described
them as "perfect", so his patella score remained
New photo galleries: Kiara, Aarni, Nasti, and Sylvi.
|29 Apr 2014
|Photo galleries added for Kielo and Vuokko.
|21 Apr 2014
|Ylistaro group show 19 Apr: Sylvi
attended her third show ever and pulled off a
hattrick - she is now a champion! 19 Finnish
Lapphunds entered, she was Sakari
Poti's choice for Best Bitch and Best Opposite
Sex. We are over the moon! Photo by Riikka Koskela.
|18 Apr 2014
|Kielo and Vuokko took part in a
reindeer herding aptitude test in Pello on 6
Apr. Kielo did a splendid job and passed the test,
whereas Vuokko was perhaps a tad too immature and got a bit overexcited on one or two
occasions, so her evaluation was "retesting
recommended". She did have many good qualities
though, so we will definitely have another go
later. Photo of Kielo in the reindeer paddock by Krista Haataja.
has had an epileptic seizure. While this was
no surprise considering her sire and litter sister
are epileptic, it was still sad and disappointing
news. Let's hope the seizures stay at bay as much
as possible. There is some better health news,
too: both Koda and Varpu have clear
eyes and are free of heart murmurs, and Varpu's
patella score is 0/0. Many thanks Riitta & Milla!
|1 Apr 2014
|Four of Kielo's daughters were shown in puppy classes over the weekend
and they collected five prizes of honour in
total. Congratulations to all of them from a proud breeder!
Kemijärvi group show 29 Mar: Ronja BOS
puppy under Tuula Pratt. Photo © Teemu Pyhäjärvi.
Stöcksjö, Sweden 29 Mar: Kilpi BOB
Spring Specialty of the Lapphund Club of Finland, Nurmes 30 Mar: Siehkku (top left) BOS puppy, Halla (top
right) third in
the bitch puppy class with a prize of honour, Vuokko (bottom left) graded Very Good
and Kielo (bottom right) graded Excellent under Jaana
Hartus. Photos by me (top row) and Taru Vallius
Jekku's eyes were examined and
they are clear - thank you Päivi!
|29 Mar 2014
|Kajaani group show 29 Mar: Siehkku Best
Puppy in Breed under
Mari Lackman. Well done Siehkku and Pirjo! Photo by
tested clear - thank you Pirjo for this excellent news.
Papu has her personal
page now (finally!).
|6 Mar 2014
|Good news from Laboklin: Sylvi
is prcd-PRA and Pompe disease Normal/Clear.
|10 Feb 2014
|Now this was fast! Sylvi
was x-rayed late Friday afternoon on the 7th of February, and her hip and
elbow scores became available early afternoon today
- kudos to the Finnish Kennel Club! Sylvi's hip
score is B/B and elbow score 0/0.
|9 Feb 2014
|Kuopio Spitz Specialty 25/26 Jan: The last weekend
of January hosts a major annual get-together of spitz
folk (hunting and herding spitz breeds). Saturday's
lectures, workshops and other activities combined with
Sunday's huge specialty show attracted an entry of 140 Finnish Lapphunds. Thorough conformation
examinations organised by the Breeding Committee of
the Lapphund Club of Finland are a permanent fixture
of the event, and this year's breeder jugde panelist was
Tapio Kakko whereas I was representing the Breeding Committee. I excused myself from the role for a moment to have my Vuokko examined, and she was "Approved for
breeding". On Sunday, Siehkku,
the first of Kielo's kids to hit
the show rings, won the baby puppy class and went
runner-up to best bitch puppy out of twenty puppies.
Judge Reino Korpela wrote in his critique: "A star
in the making"! Adult bitches were judged by Pekka Teini and Vuokko got a very nice third place with a CQ
ribbon out of twelve open class bitches. Photos by
Heli Leskinen (left) and Paula Martiskainen (right).
Health news: Jippo's long-awaited hip
and elbow scores are here: his elbows are clear
(0/0), however, the hips are C/D. Sylvi has
clear eyes and is free from patella luxation and
heart murmurs (hip and elbow scores subject to
Finnish Kennel Club evaluation).
|19 Jan 2014
|Meet the newest team member: this is the lovely
Papu, co-owned in partnership with Tapio Kakko. Papu
lives in her home kennel with her breeder
Sanna Vettenranta. Watch this space for more
information! Photos by Sanna Vettenranta (left)
& yours truly (right).
disease test result is here: he is Normal/Clear. Thank you Pia and Anne!
A new photo on Kilpi's page -