News & updates 2018
|24 Dec 2018
|23 Dec 2018
|Vilnius triple international shows, Lithuania
21/22/23 Dec: Hali, his owner
Merja and handler Katja made their way to Vilnius to
attend the Litexpo Cup/Vilnius Winter/Christmas Cup
shows arranged by the Lithuanian Kennel Club.
On Friday, Marja Talvitie gave Hali an Excellent
grading and a second place in the champion
class. Saturday saw Audronė
Babianskienė judging and Hali won the champion
class and went runner-up to
best dog with a reserve CACIB. Sunday was a repeat of
Saturday in terms of results under Ingrid
Hectors. Well done Hali!
Vuokko was eye
tested recently and I am happy to report that she was given an
all-clear at the age of seven.
|10 Nov 2018
singleton girl born to Rassi and Usva, has moved to her
new home in Kemi. Placed out on breeding terms, I
hope that she will carry on the "Valo" line of my
breeding programme one day. I would like to thank Usva's owner Jenna for a job
well done raising Hilppa!
|21 Oct 2018
|Autumn Specialty of the Lapphund Club of Finland,
Jämsä 7 Oct: this was Ruusu's very
first show and as she had
just turned nine months old earlier that week, she
was shown in the junior class. Still very much a
baby, she was graded Very
Good by Erja Nummi.
and elbow scores are back from the Finnish Kennel
Club: her hip score is B/B and elbow score, as expected,
2/2. Other not-so-pleasant news is that Jekku has been
diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which was found pretty
much out of the blue in a routine post-cancer
check-up. On a brighter note, Otso and Saimi have been
eye tested clear.
Picture gallery updates: Kira, Ruusu, Alma, and Usva's daughter
Hilppa, who is
growing nicely and leaving for her new home next week. Thank you Taru, Matleena and
Jenna for the photos!
|30 Sept 2018
has a new picture on his personal page) has been
tested on a decoy bear to see how he would react if he
actually bumped into a real one (which is not too far-fetched
since sightings of bears are frequently reported
around where he lives). He did a great job especially
considering his young age.
Jekku has had his
patellas scored and heart auscultated with no remarks
from the vet. Kuura, however,
was not quite so lucky with her x-rays: while her hips
looked decent, there were clear signs of elbow
dysplasia. We are now waiting for the Finnish Kennel
Club vet's comments and final scores. Thanks to owners
of both for having your dogs tested!
|22 Sept 2018
tested clear. Thank you Leila!
is now eight months old, has a
new profile picture.
|8 Sept 2018
|Puppy news! Usva gave birth to
one bitch puppy on the 4th of September. There was one
(huge!) dog puppy as well but unfortunately he did not
make it. Usva and the singleton girl are doing very well.
|26 Aug 2018
Bornholm double international shows, Denmark 18/19 Aug: On Saturday, Viima was graded
Good by Tanya Ahlman-Stockmari. Sunday saw
Jørgen Hindse judging and Viima got a third
place in the dog challenge with a reserve CC.
Överkalix all-breed show, Sweden 19 Aug: Svea VG/2 under Boo
Lundström. Photo by Pirjo Kivijärvi.
Kira has been
eye tested clear.
|11 Aug 2018
|Puppies on the way! Usva has been
confirmed in whelp to Fidelis Ravja. Visit Puppies for
Rovaniemi group show 4 Aug: Svea, who has a new
profile picture, graded
Excellent by Kirsi Honkanen.
Raahe group show 5 Aug: Svea graded Excellent again,
this time by Tuula Pratt.
Kuhmo group show 11 Aug: Nuuk runner-up to BD
& Best Veteran under Tuula Pratt.
puppies have got their personal pages. Go to Litters to access them.
|18 July 2018
|Sadly, Vuokko gave
birth to just one tiny male puppy that died the next
day. So no puppies this summer unfortunately.
Piteå International & Lapphund Speciality,
Sweden 14/15 July: Hali was graded
Excellent and Svea Excellent/3 under Maija Lehtonen. Hali was
shown on Sunday as well and was graded Excellent by Nina
Nuuk has been to
an eye test and diagnosed with a non-hereditary
minor cataract. Thank you Pirjo for having the old boy
|13 July 2018
|Vännäs all-breed show, Sweden 16 June: Svea EXC/2 under Susanne Nilsson
Gällivare Nordic dog show, Sweden 30 June: litter
(pictured below by owner Merja) placed third and fourth in the champion class with
a CQ grading each. Nuuk won the veteran
class, went third in
the dog challenge and also got Best Veteran. Svea followed
suit going third in the bitch challenge with a reserve
CC. The four dogs were also
shown as a team, which went Best Team - very grateful
to the owners for doing this even though I was unable
to make it to the show myself! Finnish Lapphunds were judged by Juha
Pärnu group show & double international
shows, Estonia 6/7/8 July: at Friday's group show, Viima
won the champion class with an Excellent grading under
Elisabeth Spillman. On Saturday, Evgenia Tolpina gave
him Best of Breed, which means that Viima got his
Estonian title, and even more importantly, finished
his International title. Extremely chuffed! On Sunday,
Viima went fourth in the dog challenge under Iuza
Beradze. Thank you & congrats Leila!
Seija has been
eye tested clear. Thank you Diane & Piet!
Lovely Peppi had to
be given sleep at the end of June, just one month shy
of her fourteenth birthday. She was such a sweetie and
will be greatly missed by many. My condolences go out
to Peppi's owner Kati.
|24 June 2018
Vyborg double all-breed shows, Russia 23 June: Viima
celebrated Midsummer in the show ring, going BOB under
Alexander Nikitin and runner-up to BD under Marina
Ostrovskaya. He can now add Russian championship to
his growing list of titles. Many congratulations!
|17 June 2018
|A couple of show results:
Kotka Nordic dog show 17 June: Hali Excellent & CQ
under Pekka Teini.
Tromsø International, Norway 17 June: Viima Very Good/4 under breeder
judge Ambjörn Lindqvist.
|10 June 2018
Puppy news! Sylvi
gave birth to three boys and a girl on 26 May. What is
more, there is another litter hopefully on the way
(out of Vuokko).
Siilinjärvi group show 19 May: Saimi Very Good/3 under
Piteå all-breed show, Sweden 26 May: Viima graded
Excellent by Börge Espeland.
Kuura and Viima
underwent conformation examinations organised by the
Breeding Committee of the Lapphund Club of
Finland at Rovaniemi on 20 May. The judge was Marja
Talvitie and both dogs were "Approved for
Senni has been
competing in Rally and finished her Rally Novice title
in three straight trials! What is more, she has
already earned a leg towards her next Rally
degree. Well done Senni!
Hali and Svea have been gene
tested for DM: Hali is a carrier and Svea
clear. Thanks for testing!
Kuura's profile picture and photo gallery updated.
|6 May 2018
|Västerås all-breed show, Sweden 28 Apr:
Hali runner-up to
Best Dog with res CC under Sara Nordin.
Salo group show 28 Apr: Karpo (pictured
left) graded Very
Good and Hilla (pictured
right) Good by
Matti Palojärvi. Photos by Jussi Virtanen.
Posio group show 5 May: Nuuk went Best
Veteran in Breed and took and a fourth place in the
dog challenge under Mari Lackman. What is more, he was shortlisted for
Best Veteran in Show by Esko Nummijärvi.
Haapavesi group show 6 May: Yet another Best Veteran
win for Nuuk, this time under Hannu Talvi. Nuuk also went
Best Dog & Best of Opposite Sex over the
was graded Good.
Karpo and Hilla have new profile pictures, and Hilla's gallery
has been updated with photos from the Salo show - thank you Jussi!
|15 Apr 2018
|On 8 April, Nuttu and I
participated in a reindeer herding aptitude test in Kittilä to see if
Nuttu had any idea what to do with the reindeer. Well,
it turned out she did not, but it was once again a lot
of fun to enjoy the special atmosphere of the reindeer
Usva was eye
and heart tested clear this week, and her patella
score is 0/0.
A couple of new photos added to Ruusu's gallery.
|7 Apr 2018
|Litter siblings Svea
and Nuttu's gene
test results are in: both of them are Pompe disease
Normal/Clear, however, Nuttu was also tested for
degenerative myelopathy and unfortunately her result
turned out to be At risk. This means that she has an
increased risk of developing DM at an older age.
|25 Mar 2018
|Riga International, Latvia 17/18 Mar: Kielo and Vuokko were on the road again with
Pinja Lämsä. Considering both of them are
molting like crazy, the results way exceeded my
expectations - on Saturday, Kielo got a second place
in the bitch challenge while Vuokko was fourth, and on
Sunday it was vice versa. Kielo went Best Veteran both days
and got her Latvian and Baltic veteran champion
titles, whereas it was a near miss for Vuokko, who had
to be content with a reserve CC and reserve CACIB. The
judges were Dan Ericsson (Sat) and Marion ten Cate
(Sun). Thank you Pinja for a job well done! Photo of Kielo by Pinja.
Kemijärvi group show 24 Mar: Kuura was graded
Very Good by Tuula Pratt at her first junior class show.
Spring Specialty of the Lapphund Club of Finland,
Siilinjärvi 24/25 Mar: on Saturday, Nuttu had her remaining
health tests done - her patella score is 0/0 and she is
free from heart murmurs. What is more, her Pompe disease
and DM gene test results will be available soon. Nuttu
also went through a conformation examination done by
Mari Lackman and was "Approved for breeding". On
Sunday she had her open class debut under Unto Timonen
and was graded Excellent.
|7 Mar 2018
|Vilnius International, Lithuania 2/3/4 Mar: Viima pulled off a
hat trick at the three back-to-back international
shows in Vilnius, winning a Lithuanian CC and a CACIB
each day! On Sunday he even took BOB. Viima came home with no less than three
new titles: he finished his Lithuanian and Finnish
championships topped off with the title of Lithuanian
Winner 2018. The judges were Tamara Sarmont (Friday),
Christian Jouanchicot (Saturday), and Renata
Petkevičienė (Sunday). Congrats & thanks Leila!
Juuka group show 3 Mar: Old boy Nuuk added one more
Best Veteran win to his credit under Maarit
Hassinen. He also took a fourth place in the dog
challenge. Way to go Nuuk! Photo by Mari Rantanen.
|1 Mar 2018
|The Sälli and Kira puppies have left for
their new homes. Both of them live nearby, Napu in Oulu and Ruusu, who is
placed out on breeding terms, in Kello. A big thank
you to Kira's owner Mervi for doing such a super job
with the puppies!
|4 Feb 2018
|Parkano group show 3 Feb: Viima won the
champion class with a CQ under Sakari Poti.
|30 Jan 2018
|Raahe group show 27 Jan: Svea graded Very Good
in the intermediate class by Markku Kipinä.
Kaunas International, Lithuania 27/28 Jan: Saturday appeared to be a
day of Very Goods since also Vuokko and Kielo were graded Very Good. Sunday's show, however, went a lot better with
Kielo going BOS & BOB veteran (which makes her a
Lithuanian veteran champion) and Vuokko winning her
all-important fourth CACIB and thereby finishing her
C.I.B title! What is more, she also got her Lithuanian
title. The judges were Rony Doedijns (Saturday) and
Jean-Claude Klein (Sunday). Thank you Pinja
Lämsä for taking the girls with you! Photo
Kuopio Spitz Specialty 28 Jan: Nuuk won the veteran
class among stiff competition and took a creditable third
place in the dog challenge under Juha
Putkonen. He was also BOS veteran. Bitches were judged by Katja Korhonen, who gave Saimi a Very
Good. The Finnish Lapphund entry was once again huge,
this time 132 dogs entered!
|22 Jan 2018
tested for Degenerative Myelopathy and turned out to
|16 Jan 2018
|Kajaani International 14 Jan: Viima got a very
nice second place in the competitive champion class,
while Nuuk was
graded VG and won the veteran class under Annukka
|13 Jan 2018
health results are in: clear eyes, hip score C/C and elbow
scored 0/0. Thank you Anu & Jussi!
|6 Jan 2018
|The Sälli & Kira puppies are here!
Three girls were born on New Year's Day, sadly one of them was stillborn but we
are happy about these two little treasures. Photo by