News & updates
|14 Dec 2017
|Delighted to announce that Kira is confirmed in
whelp to Orso-Farm Kisälli! The babies are due
around New Year's Eve. Go to Puppies for more information.
Helsinki Winner/Nordic Winner/Finnish Winner 2017
shows, Helsinki Fair Centre 8-10 Dec: Hali debuted in the
champion class and was graded Excellent each day under
Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen, Sakari Poti and Kurt Nilsson.
|2 Dec 2017
first health test results are in: her hip score is A/A
(Finnish Kennel Club vet's remark: slightly shallow acetabulums), elbow score 0/0, and her
eyes are clear. Super happy!
|24 Nov 2017
Usva have been
tested for Degenerative Myelopathy: both are
|11 Nov 2017
|Tartu International, Estonia 4-5 Nov: Mixed
feelings - while I
hate to think that Kielo is actually old enough to
be shown in veteran classes, it is my favourite
class to show in and I look forward to some fun
outings with Kielo. As for her veteran debut
though it was Pinja Lämsä who did the
honours and took Kielo to Estonia in the hope of
making her an Estonian veteran champion. Kielo did
it in style going Best Veteran in Breed both days,
and, what is more, she took best bitch and BOS on
Sunday. Way to go Kielo! Thank you Pinja for these
fantastic results. Kielo is pictured below with
BOB winner Täplätassu Joonatan (photo by
Tanja Kaurila). The judges were Perttu
Ståhlberg (Saturday, 9 Finnish Lapphunds)
and Jean-Claude Klein (Sunday, 8 Finnish Lapphunds).
Iita has been eye tested clear and her patella score is 0/0. Thank you Maarit!
|15 Oct 2017
|Harstad International, Norway 8 Oct: Svea was graded
Excellent and won the intermediate class under Mats Jonsson.
Health news: litter siblings Jekku and Viivi have had
tumours (Jekku one, Viivi two) on their abdomens
removed recently. Both of them turned out to have
grade I mast cell tumours. Speedy recovery to both! Ruska, who
has suffered from exercise-induced coughing and
gagging for some time, has now been diagnosed with a
pollen allergy. Finally, Mosku,
who turned one year old this week, turned
out to be monorchid.
|16 Sept 2017
was temperament tested at Haukipudas on 10 Sept by
Leena Berg and Tapio Knuutinen. She scored 95 points and was
Nasti and Varpu's puppies have settled in nicely
in their new homes and have got their personal
pages under Litters. Hilla was
placed out on breeding terms and can now be found
under Co-owned dogs.
Thank you Varpu's owner Milla for going through
the puppy project!
Photo updates: Nasti's progeny page and Hali. Thank you
Reija and Merja!
|26 Aug 2017
|Tallinn International, Estonia 19-20 Aug: Viima, his
owner Leila, Vuokko and I visited
our southern neighbour, lured by the possibility
of competing at two international shows over one
weekend (12 Finnish Lapphunds entered
both days). Saturday saw Greece's Michael
Papadatos judging and Viima was placed as
runner-up to BD with a reserve CACIB. Vuokko (who
in all honesty was looking rather shabby with odd tufts of undercoat sticking out here and there) was
graded Excellent and got a second place in the
champion class. Sunday's judge Iren Naarits of Estonia
also thought highly of Viima, placing him third in
the dog challenge. Vuokko, however, hit the
jackpot and went Best of Breed winning her third
CACIB towards her international title and, of
course, the CC, which gave her her Estonian
champion title! What is more, she also qualified
for Crufts 2018. Thank you Leila for taking this
trip with me! Photo by Leila Hämäläinen.
On a sadder note, lovely Jeppe
is no longer with us. He had a tumour in his mouth
and had to be given sleep. My condolences go out
to Jeppe's owner Minna.
|16 Aug 2017
|Great news from Sweden: Svea's hip score
is A/A, elbow score 0/0 and her eyes are clear. Thank
you Elisabet and Sandra for having Svea examined!
|15 Aug 2017
|Överkalix, Sweden 12 Aug: brothers Viima and Hali met in the
open class for the last time and got the following
results under Norway's Per-Harald Nymark: Viima
EXC/3 and Hali (pictured) EXC/2 CQ followed by a
fourth place in the dog challenge. Photo by Merja Koivuluoma.
Senni eye tested clear - thank
|6 Aug 2017
|Mustasaari group show 5 Aug: Vuokko's boys are
on fire! This time it was Viima's turn to
shine as he went BOB and Group-3 under Tapani
Pukkila out of an entry of
15 Finnish Lapphunds. Congratulations Leila and Viima! Photo by Pirjo Kivijärvi.
Kokkola group show 6 Aug: Now just one CC shy of his Finnish
title, Viima came very close to finishing it by
taking a reserve CC under Reino Korpela. He placed
fourth in the dog challenge out of 26 Lappies
entered. What a great weekend for Viima!
|29 July 2017
|Saarijärvi all-breed show 23 July: Hali attending
the Saarijärvi all-breed show was well and
truly kept under wraps from me - I only found out
when a picture of
a Best of Breed rosette (won under Paavo Mattila) appeared on my phone! After
receiving the good news I went online to watch the
live stream from the group competitions and, much to
my delight, not only witnessed Hali go fourth in
the Finnish native breeds' BIS competition (Paavo Mattila) but also
win the spitz group (Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen)! Big
congrats on a fantastic day! Photo by Merja Koivuluoma.
|19 July 2017
|Hyvinkää all-breed show 15 July: Hali, who was never
considered a show prospect as a puppy, is now a
Finnish champion! When acquiring him, the owners
specifically said they had no interest in dog shows
whatsoever, however, they caught the show bug later
on and the rest is proverbial history. Hali was
given his crowning CC by Juha Putkonen, who also
placed him as BD & BOS. My heartfelt
congratulations and thanks to owners Merja &
Mika as well as handler Katja! Photos by Merja Koivuluoma.
|4 July 2017
|Nasti and Varpu's babies (two boys and a girl)
are here! Photo by Milla Pöntinen.
Vännäs International, Sweden 18 June: Svea VG/4 in the
junior class under Gunilla Skallman.
Rovaniemi International 25 June: Kuura third in the bitch puppy class and Nuuk VG/1 in the
veteran class under Katja Korhonen.
Gällivare International, Sweden 30 June: Hali won the
open class and placed fourth in the dog
challenge with a reserve CC. Svea was graded VG
while Vuokko's result was
EXC/2 in the champion class. Finnish Lapphunds
were judged by Perttu Ståhlberg. Photos of Hali
(left) and Vuokko (right) by Merja Koivuluoma,
Svea's photo by me.
Viima was MH temperament profiled (a type of
temperament test available in Finland and Sweden)
at Saariselkä on 1 July by Jorma Kerkkä and Anne
Kuivinen. Viima behaved pretty much as expected and
no real surprises came up. Thank you Leila!
In June we had to say goodbye to two well-loved
chaps, namely Quinto and
sympathies go out to the owners.
score is C/C and elbow score 0/0. Thank you Rebecka!
|17 June 2017
|Piteå all-breed show, Sweden 20 May: Svea VG/2 in the
junior class under Susanne Nilsson.
Bodø all-breed shows, Norway 3-4 June: Svea
attended two back-to-back shows and her results
were VG/3 under Liz-Beth Liljeqvist (Saturday) and
EXC/3 under Calin Margineanu (Sunday).
Kauhajoki group show 4 June: Hali was Reino
Korpela's choice for runner-up to BD. More
importantly, he won his second CC! A big
congratulations to Hali & owners. Photo by
Venray all-breed show (Pinkstershow), the Netherlands 4 June: Seija's first
time in the open class went very well as she took a
second place in her class followed by a third
place in the bitch challenge under Ineke Zwaartman-Pinster. Photo by Nanda Thoer-Zweegers.
Kuusamo group show 11 June: Finnish Lapphunds
were judged by Tuula Pratt and Viima's
result was EXC/2 while Nuuk went
fourth in the dog challenge and took BOS
veteran. Photo of Viima by Pirjo Kivijärvi.
|29 May 2017
|Puppies on the way! I am excited to announce
that the first batch of fourth-generation Cantavia
puppies is in the making and expected to arrive
late June. The parents-to-be are BY Ch BYW '15 Cantavia Filttihattu (Nasti) and
Cantavia Ähäkutti (Varpu). Photo of the lovebirds by Milla Pöntinen.
Sastamala group show 1 May: Both Jippo (pictured left) and Jekku (pictured
Excellent by breed specialist Jukka Kuusisto, and
both of them placed third in their classes. Jippo
also got a CQ. Photos by Sami R.
Oulainen group show 5 May: Vikke (who has a new profile picture
courtesy of Merja Koivuluoma) did great
at his first show winning the junior class with a
CQ and placing third in the dog challenge. He was
also awarded the reserve CC. Hali got a
second place & a CQ in the open class. The
judge for Finnish
Lapphunds was Paula Rekiranta. Photo of Vikke
(left) by Merja Koivuluoma and Hali (right) by
Koski group show 13 May: Karpo was graded
Very Good by Matti Palojärvi and won the
Muurola group show 20 May: Esko Nummijärvi
took a liking to Viima and
placed him as Best of Opposite Sex with a CC! Nuttu did
well, too, getting an Excellent grading and placing
third in the junior class.
Sodankylä group show 27 May: Viima (left) graded VG and
Nuttu VG/3 (right) under Leila Kärkäs. Photos by Anni Holappa.
page and picture
gallery updated. Thank you Riikka & Jocke
for the photos!
|29 Apr 2017
|Tervola group show 15 Apr: Hali fourth in
the dog challenge under Matti
Palojärvi. Photo by Elina Korva.
Hirvensalmi group show 15 Apr: Varpu VG/2 in the
open class under Paavo Mattila.
Pello group show 22 Apr: 47 Finnish Lapphunds
entered under breed specialist Saara
(pictured left) was
graded EXC and Ronja graded
VG, while Papu (pictured
right) managed a
really nice third place in the bitch challenge and
got the reserve CC. Photos by Venla Oinas.
Jekku and Jippo were tested
on a decoy bear to see their reaction on wildlife
animals. The boys did a decent job, however, let
us hope they will never have to bump into a real bear!
Otso is DM
Normal/Clear. Thank you Linnea for this good news.
|31 Mar 2017
|Unfortunately Usva is not in
whelp, so no puppies this spring.
Spring Specialty of the Lapphund Club of Finland,
Seinäjoki 11/12 Mar: On Saturday, Varpu underwent a
conformation examination organised by the Breeding
Committee of the Lapphund Club of Finland and was
"Approved for breeding". The actual show took
place on Sunday and we showed quite a few dogs
under breed specialist Eija Lehtimäki (dogs)
and Anneli Pukkila (bitches): Kuura, aged
five months and two days, was shown in the huge
minor puppy class. No placement but she did have a
blast in the ring even though she is still very
much a kid. We had four dogs in the open class and
they were graded as follows: Koda G, Kira VG, Iita VG, and
Varpu G. Finally we showed two champion girls out
of which Kielo was
graded EXC and Vuokko (pictured below)
placed fourth with a CQ. Thank you Kati
Keränen for handling Vuokko to perfection!
Seinäjoki group show 18 Mar: Nuuk fourth in
the dog challenge & Best
Veteran in Breed, and Svea VG/2 in the
junior class under Marjatta
Korpilahti group show 19 Mar: Nuttu won the
junior class with a CQ and took a fourth place in
the bitch challenge under Perttu Ståhlberg. Photo by Viivi Saarikko.
has had an epileptic fit. Thank you Pirjo for
sharing this news, however disappointing. On a more positive note,
Vuokko, Koda and Varpu were eye tested at the
Seinäjoki specialty, all three of them
clear. Vuokko also
had her heart auscultated, and Koda
and Varpu had their patellas examined (0/0). There
are some great gene test results to report as well: Myy and Iita are DM
Normal/Clear, and Iita is also prcd-PRA and Pompe disease
Normal/Clear. Thank you everyone for having your
Nuttu and Seija have new profile pictures,
and Papu's progeny page as well as Nuttu's gallery updated.
|15 Feb 2017
|Puppy news! We hope to have a litter in the
making by Metsäruusun Arska ex PAIM-T
Cantavia Valopilkku (aka Usva).
Turku International 21 Jan: Kukka's
first outing in the veteran class, she was graded
Excellent and placed fourth by Samuel Carlid.
Kuopio Spitz Specialty 28/29 Jan: Hali and Usva
underwent conformation examinations organised by
the Breeding Committee of the Lapphund Club of
Finland. The judging panel consisted of Mari Lackman,
Marja Talvitie and Tapio Kakko, and both dogs were
"Approved for breeding". The judges at the
specialty show on Sunday were
Markku Kipinä (dogs) and Tuula Pratt
(bitches), and our results were the following: Hali
EXC/4 in the intermediate class, Nuttu EXC/2 CQ
in the huge junior class of 17 bitches, Usva VG and Papu EXC in the open
class. Photos of Hali and Usva by Jenna Sergejeff.
Health news: Koda has had
a few epileptic fits. So far they have not been
very frequent and Koda is not on medication. Thank
you Riitta and Milla for sharing this information.
Jippo's hips were
recently re-xrayed to see if there were any
changes - luckily the situation seemed stable and
there were no signs of arthritis. The KC score
remained the same as before (C/D). Ronja has been
eye tested clear (apart from some harmless minor
changes around the nucleuses of the lenses) and
her patella score is 0/0. She also had a heart
auscultation and turned out to have a grade 1
heart murmur. Nasti has been eye
tested clear as well. And finally some gene test results: Kira is
prcd-PRA and DM Normal/Clear while Hali is a
prcd-PRA carrier. Thank you everyone for having
your dogs examined.
Photo updates: Vikke and Svea.
|14 Jan 2017
tested Normal/Clear for prcd-PRA and Pompe
disease. Thank you Linnea!
|9 Jan 2017
|Helsinki Winner & Finnish Winner 2016 shows,
Helsinki Fair Centre 10-11 Dec: An event I had
looked forward to for months - this time it would
not be just another dog show but I would be getting
my long-awaited Vuolasvirta award! The highest
honour granted to a dog breeder by the Finnish
Kennel Club, it requires breeding at least ten
litters of high quality. I am now a member of an
exclusive club of only 12 Finnish Lapphund breeders
that have achieved the award since its inception in 1979. Since I decided to fly to
Helsinki instead of driving, I did not bring any
dogs with me, however, the Helsinki-based owners of Karpo kindly let
me borrow him for the big ring where the award
ceremony took place. What a proud moment it
was to march into the ring with a homebred dog and collect the
award from the Finnish Kennel Club representatives! Afterwards I was
greeted by the chair of the Lapphund Club of
Finland, Marjo Berg, who handed me a
Lapland-themed flower bouquet in a beautiful
bespoke vase and joined me for coffee and cake
courtesy of the Finnish Kennel Club. I would like to extend my thanks to
the Lapphund Club for this gesture - the vase will certainly
take pride of place in my trophy case! Karpo was also shown in the breed ring under Tapio
Kakko (Saturday) and Saija Juutilainen (Sunday) and
got VG and G gradings in the JD class. Thank you
everyone for this special day and Anu & Jussi in
particular - Karpo and I had a blast in the big ring!
December was not just about celebration as some sad
news reached us last month: Roni had to be given
sleep at the end of November as he was suffering from arthritis, eczema,
and hypothyroidism. Then a couple of weeks later Edi suddenly got into a
weak shape and passed away within a few days. It
turned out he had liver tumours. My condolences go
out to the owners.
Hali has been
health tested with excellent results: hip score A/A,
elbow score 0/0, patella score 0/0, eyes and
heart auscultation clear. Thank you Merja & Mika!
New pages and photo updates: Halla's puppies
have got their own pages in the Litters section and Kuura has been
added to Co-owned dogs. Karpo's profile picture updated, and a couple of recent
shots added to Nuttu's gallery.