News & updates 2015
|30 Dec 2015
Excellent health news: Both Kielo and Myy have clear
eyes and are free from patella luxation and heart murmurs.
|28 Dec 2015
A long time in the making, I finally put the
finishing touches on the Summary page,
where I list all health-related issues and other
dogs either owned or bred by me. Nothing has been been
omitted on purpose, so if you see that something
is missing or spot a mistake, please let me know.
page updated with a new photo - thank you Miia!
|14 Dec 2015
|Minsk International, Belarus 28-29 Nov: What a
great weekend for Jippo and Myy, who both
earned their Finnish and Belarus titles and took a
BOB win each, Jippo on Saturday under Lisbeth Mach
of Switzerland and Myy on
Sunday under Olga Kojevnikova of Belarus. Both now have a CACIB to their
credit, which is particularly delightful in
Jippo's case as he only became eligible for CACIBs
in June this year. While Jippo has a full three-generation
pedigree, his maternal great-grandfather is not
registered in an FCI-recognised studbook but
instead in an appendix to the Finnish studbook,
and FCI has now lifted the restriction on confirming CACIBs
for dogs with such pedigrees.
Winner 2015 Puppy Show Helsinki Fair Centre 6 Dec:
14 Finnish Lapphund puppies entered, Karpo
debuted in the minor puppy class under Kirsi
Honkanen and won a very nice second place with a
prize of honour. Photo by Jussi Virtanen.
Amsterdam Winner Show 2015, the Netherlands 12
first time out in the junior class went very well
as she was graded Excellent and went on to take
the res CC under Jos Dekker. Well done Seija!
Papu's hip and
elbow scores came back as A/A and 0/0! What is
more, her Pompe disease status is Normal/Clear.
page updated - thank you Taru!
|23 Nov 2015
|On 19 Nov, our
Pharaoh Hound Kiara,
aged 11 and a half, was poorly and had to be taken to the vet. Little
did we know that she would never walk out of the
clinic again - she had pyometra, was anemic and
her liver values were elevated, so the only right
thing to do was to let her go. Goodbye beautiful
On a brighter note, Papu has been health
tested: she has clear eyes and is free from heart
murmurs and patella luxation. What is more, we are currently
waiting for her hip and elbow scores as well as
Pompe disease status.
|6 Nov 2015
|Halla's hip score is B/C and elbow score 0/0.
|27 Oct 2015
been eye tested clear and is free from patella
luxation and heart murmurs. We are now waiting for her hip and elbow
scores back from the Finnish Kennel Club. Thank you Johanna!
|17 Oct 2015
|Gene test results: Koda is DM
Normal/Clear and Saimi prcd-PRA
Normal/Clear. Thank you Milla and Annikki!
|11 Oct 2015
Zwolle International, the Netherlands 3 Oct: Seija Best Puppy
in Breed under Ms S Walsh from Ireland. Congrats on
a nice debut!
Autumn Specialty of the Lapphund Club of Finland,
Lahti 4 Oct: Saimi had her
show debut this weekend as well. No placement in the
large bitch puppy class
this time under Rune Fagerström. Photo by Taru Vallius.
Haukipudas temperament test 4 Oct: Myy scored 108
points/gun-sure status from Reijo Hynynen and Jari
Laine. Well done Myy & Jonna!
Health news: Ronja's hip score is C/C and elbow
score 0/0, and Varpu
has been eye tested clear. Thank you Johanna and Milla for having your dogs
examined. Unfortunately Minea
has had a second epileptic fit, this time a proper
one. Her first (mild) seizure was witnessed one and
half years ago.
Varpu's profile picture and photo galleries of Myy and Kira updated -
thank you Taru, Elina & Sirpa!
|27 Sept 2015
Kouvola all-breed show 22 Aug: Varpu graded Very
Good & placed third in the open class by breed specialist Ambjörn Lindqvist.
Överkalix all-breed show, Sweden 23 Aug: Siehkku best
bitch, CC & BOS under Johan Juslin out of a
decent entry of 29 Finnish Lapphunds! This win
means that Siehkku will get her Swedish title as
soon as she finishes a championship in any other
Rovaniemi group show 29 Aug: Myy went third best
bitch under Raimo Viljanmaa, and as she was only
beaten by champions, she took her first
CC! Photo below by Johanna Kallioniemi.
Minsk International, Belarus 29-30 Aug: Lazy me who
has hardly been to any dog shows this year decided
to do something about it and attend the Belarus
Winner shows with Nasti and Kielo. It was a fun trip
and the results made it even better: at the first
show both dogs got their Belarus champion and Belarus Winner '15 titles while
Kielo beat Nasti for BOB under Jaroslava
Ovesná of the Czech Republic. She then went
on to Group 4 in a competitive group! On Sunday,
Vjachaslav Viarbitski of Belarus also gave both dogs
CCs and CACIBs, however, this time BOB went to Nasti. Photo
of Kielo in the group ring by Olga Kisliakova.
Siilinjärvi group show 5 Sept: Breed specialist Eija
Lehtimäki judging, Otso was placed second in a
large junior class & got a CQ ribbon. Myy's
result was EXC/3 in the open class. Photo of Otso by Paula Martiskainen.
Siikajoki puppy show 6 Sept: Viima and Kira were the
first of Vuokko's
babies to hit the show rings. There were
17 Finnish Lapphunds entered, which is quite a few
for a puppy show. Vuokko's kids were shown in the
baby puppy class: Viima was placed fifth and Kira
fourth by Marjatta Pylvänäinen-Suorsa.
Rovaniemi obedience trial 5 Sept: Ronja scored a
second prize at her very first trial under Harri Laisi.
Kiiminki sheep herding aptitude test 6 Sept: What a
proud moment it was to witness Usva, who had
never seen a sheep in her life, demonstrate a lot of
promise as a herding dog and pass the test with
compliments from the judge!
pups moved to their new homes late August except for Senni, who is
waiting for her rabies clearance before she can move
to her new home country. Karpo lives in
Helsinki while brother Simba's new home
is next door to his parents Sulo and Sylvi at
Pyhäntä. Lyyti resides in
Hikiä and Pinja in Muhos.
Photos added to Miina's
gallery, and Sylvi's progeny page updated.
|16 Aug 2015
Oulu International 12 July: litter siblings Otso and Usva both graded
Good by Maija Mäkinen.
Kemi International 18 July: Graded Very Good, Kilpi won the
intermediate class under breed specialist Tapio
Kakko. Photo by Elina Korva.
Ylivieska International 19 July: Pirjo Hjelm gave
Usva a VG grading. Photo by Pirjo Kivijärvi.
Svenstavik International, Sweden 1 Aug: Kilpi was shown
under Elisabeth Spillman and got a Very Good.
Raahe group show 1 Aug: Poor Usva blew her undercoat
right before the show so Katja Korhonen thought she
looked more like a Sheltie than a Lappie (Usva is no
taller than an average Sheltie male)! She was graded
Sufficient, which was fair enough.
Kajaani group show 15 Aug: Myy VG/4 in the
open class under Hannu Talvi.
temperament tested in Hamina 2 Aug by Tarja Matsuoi
and Tapio Knuutinen with a total score of 142
Some health testing news: Siehkku's hip
and elbow scores came back from the Finnish Kennel
Club as B/B and 0/1. Jippo and Varpu have been tested Normal/Clear for Degenerative Myelopathy (DM).
There is a new photo on Halla's page.
|7 July 2015
was health tested today and has clear eyes and
patellas (hip and elbow scores subject to Finnish
Kennel Club evaluation). Unfortunately health testing was not
the only reason for the vet's appointment: earlier this
spring Siehkku was diagnosed with a bilateral
inguinal hernia and she was operated on today. I
decided to exclude Siehkku from my breeding
programme because of the hernia, so she is now
solely owned by Pirjo, who I wish to thank for a
|6 July 2015
pups are here! There are two boys and three girls,
all of them black and tan.
Rovaniemi International 21 June: Sporting a summery
won the intermediate class with a VG grading from Marja Talvitie.
Bodø all-breed shows, Norway 27-28 July: Kilpi took part
in back-to-back all breed shows and went BOS with a
so-called minor CC under Eeva Resko at the first one
(14 Finnish Lapphunds entered). At the second show
Frank Christiansen placed her EXC/3 in the
intermediate class out of 18 Lappies. Grattis Kilpi!
|19 June 2015
Normal/Clear for Degenerative Myelopathy (DM).
|15 June 2015
|Puppies on the way! Sylvi is confirmed in whelp
to C.I.B/FI/SE Ch HeJW '10 WW '12
Varkaus International 16 May: Netta
graded Very Good by Matti Tuominen.
Rovaniemi group show 16 May: Katja Korhonen was
won the intermediate class with a VG grading.
Hyrynsalmi group show 23 May: Nuuk went Best Veteran
in Breed & got a fourth place in the dog
Matti Palojärvi. What is more, he made Juta
Haranen's shortlist of six for Best Veteran in
Show. Photo by Annika Lammela.
Keminmaa group show 24 May: Both graded VG, Usva (pictured
below by co-owner Jenna) won the
junior class and Halla got a
second place in the intermediate class under Tuula
Minsk International, Belarus 6-7 June: Johanna, the
co-owner of Nasti and Kukka, took
the mother-son twosome all the way to Minsk to be
shown under Manuel Loureiro Borges of Portugal
(Saturday) and Julija Aidietiene
of Lithuania (Sunday). On Saturday, both were
awarded CACIBs while BOB went to Kukka. On Sunday they had to be content
with an Excellent grading each. Thank you Johanna
for taking the long trip!
Muhos group show 6 June: Pekka Teini was judging an
entry of 47 and Usva took a nice EXC/3 place in a
large junior class while
Myy was also
graded Excellent and placed
fourth in the open class with a CQ ribbon. Photos of
Usva (left) and Myy (right) by Taru Vallius.
Liminka group show 7 June: Although it was raining
cats and dogs, Myy kicked it up a notch and this
time placed second in the open class with a CQ
grading. She also got a fourth place in the bitch
challenge. Golden girl Peppi, out
and about for the first time after a five-and-a-half
year break, went BOS veteran. The judge was Tuula
eye tested and diagnosed with mild distichiasis and
ectopic cilia. Thank you for having Sisu tested!
|16 May 2015
|Toholampi group show 1 May: This was Otso's first
show and, graded Very Good, he won the junior class under Marjatta Pylvänäinen-Suorsa.
Siilinjärvi group show 9 May: Otso VG/3 under Sakari Poti.
tested for Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and he is
a carrier. Thank you Päivi for having Jekku tested!
profile picture and gallery updated. Vuokko's pups now have
their own pages in the Litters section and Kira
has been added to Co-owned dogs.
|27 Apr 2015
reindeer herding aptitude tested at the Saajománnu Reindeer Farm in
Pello on 12 Apr and she passed it with flying
colours, receiving excellent feedback. Thank you owners Johanna & Teemu
for having Ronja tested - well done!
Kiuruvesi group show 26 Apr: This was Iita's first
time out in the junior class and, graded VG, she
got a second place out of five junior bitches
under Markku Mähönen.
Vuokko's puppies are now in their new homes
except for Lumikello (pet name Seija), who is
waiting for her rabies clearance and will be travelling
to her new home country early June. I placed
Luhtavilla (Kira) out on breeding terms and she now lives
in Kajaani with another Lappie. Lapinvuokko
(Saimi) moved to the Staalon kennel in Nilsiä
while Leimukukka (Minni) now resides in Ii. One of the
boys, Liekinloimu (Viima), travelled to Lapland to join
his dad Tuisku in Kittilä while the other,
Lumituisku (Hali) stayed here in Oulu. Personal
pages for each of them will be added soon. Photo below by Taru Vallius.
|9 Apr 2015
|Tervola group show 4 Apr: A very nice BP win
for Usva and VG/2 placing in the intermediate class
for Halla under Hannu Talvi.
|9 Mar 2015
|Yesterday Myy, her
co-owner Jonna and myself ventured out to Lapland
to attend the annual reindeer herding event held
at the Saajománnu Reindeer Farm in
Pello. Handled by Jonna, Myy's reindeer herding
aptitude test went very well - in fact, so well
that the judges chose Myy, a complete novice
living in the town centre of Oulu, as the joint best herder
of the day! Well done Myy & Jonna!
|24 Feb 2015
|Vuokko and Tuisku
puppies are here! Two
boys (B/T) and four girls (two B/T & two domino
coloured) born on 22 Feb. All are spoken for.
Pello group show 21 Feb: Papu graded VG
VG/3 by Perttu Ståhlberg.
Tuusniemi group show 22 Feb: Nuuk's first time
out as a veteran! Hannu Talvi gave him a VG grading
and a second place in the VD class. Nuuk pictured strutting his stuff by owner Pirjo Kivijärvi.
|20 Feb 2015
score is C/C and elbow score 0/0.
|9 Feb 2015
Photo updates: Papu's
gallery and Karo's
page. Thank you Pirjo Kivijärvi, Taru Vallius
& Karo's owner Maria!
|1 Feb 2015
Puppies on the way! Vuokko is confirmed in
whelp to Kontioharjun Kaamos and her due date is
around 22 Feb.
Kuopio Spitz Specialty 25 Jan: This was the first time out for Usva and Iita, and, even
though unplaced in the baby puppy class, I was
happy to see both
behaving very nicely and enjoying their day
out. Puppies were judged by Paula Rekiranta. We
showed two junior girls (Ronja and Papu) as well, both of whom were
graded Excellent by Saija Juutilainen. Papu also
made the cut of five in a class of 22 junior
bitches and gained her
first CQ. Photos of Ronja (left) and Papu (right) below by Taru Vallius.
Raahe group show 31 Jan: Vekku returned to
the show ring after a two-year break. The third
time really is the charm: Vekku was shown under
breeder judge Tapio Kakko twice before and took a
reserve CC both times, however, this time he
kicked it up a notch and finally won his crowning
CC! He won the open class and went runner-up to best
dog. This champion title is extra special in that
all three CCs were won exclusively under breeder judges.
Congratulations to owners Vuokko and Pekka! Photos by Taru Vallius.
New picture added for Remu. Thank you owner Johanna!
|18 Jan 2015
|Kajaani International 11 Jan: Papu was shown under
Marjatta Pylvänäinen-Suorsa by her
breeder Sanna and, graded Excellent, got a third
place in a class of seven junior bitches.
Photo updates: galleries added for Lempi, Hertta, Elvis, and Arttu, and a new
profile picture for Papu.