News & updates 2016
|8 Dec 2016
|Norwegian Winner 2016 show Lillestrøm,
Norway 20 Nov: A nice debut for Svea who went BOS puppy
under Maija Lehtonen of Finland.
Tampere group show 6 Dec: Hali EXC/2 in the
intermediate class under Jetta Tschokkinen.
Ruska and Kira
eye tested clear. What is more, Kira now holds clear
patella and heart certificates. Thank you Mira & Mervi!
Halla's pups have moved to their new homes and will be getting
their personal pages soon.
|13 Nov 2016
|Inspired by the great hip and elbow scores of his litter
sisters, Viima was
x-rayed, too, and with brilliant results: his hip
score is A/A and elbow score 0/0. Congrats &
|9 Nov 2016
was tested for Denegerative Myelopathy because of
her dam's recently discovered DM carrier status, and
turned out to be a carrier as well. Thank you Diane for
having Seija tested.
|2 Nov 2016
|Yet another fantastic piece of news regarding
the health of the L2 litter: Kira's
hip score is A/B and elbow score 0/0!
|28 Oct 2016
|Health news: A full set of health checks done on
top notch results - hip score A/A, elbow
score 0/0, patella score 0/0, and clear eyes. Thank you Annikki! What is more, I had Vuokko tested for
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), because her son
(whose sire is DM Normal/Clear) was earlier
tested as a carrier. I wanted to find out
whether Vuokko was at risk or just a carrier, and
she turned out to be the latter - phew!
New picture on Svea's page.
|16 Oct 2016
puppies are here! Three boys and three girls born
on 10 Oct.
Spitz Specialty Zutphen, the Netherlands 18 Sept: Seija VG/3 in
the intermediate class under Mw. J.J. Vink.
Zwolle International, the Netherlands 1 Oct: Seija
second in the bitch challenge with res CC &
res CACIB under Pirjo Aaltonen of Finland.
Zwolle all-breed show, the Netherlands 2 Oct:
Seija VG/1 under Germany's Jan Meijerink.
Autumn Specialty of the Lapphund Club of Finland,
Tornio 9 Oct: First-timer Nuttu (shown in
baby puppy) went all the way to BOS puppy out of
22 Finnish Lapphund puppies! She was chosen best
bitch puppy by Hannu Talvi while the BP challenge
was judged by Kurt Nilsson of Sweden. Viima was
graded VG and Nuuk took a nice
EXC/3 placing in the large veteran class under
Mr Nilsson. Kielo was
shown in the very competitive champion bitch class
and, graded Excellent by Hannu Talvi, was the last to leave the
ring before the four best were placed. Nuttu
pictured below with BP-winning Savumerkin Yömyytti.
Some very nice health news: Seija's hips and
elbows came back from Raad van Beheer (Dutch
Kennel Club) as A/A & 0/0. What is more, Viima had an eye test at the Specialty and turned
out to have clear eyes. Thank you Diane & Piet
and Leila for having you dogs examined!
page and photo
gallery updated - thank you Taru!
|15 Sept 2016
|Puppy news! Halla is in
whelp to Touhu-Ukon Bingo.
Minsk International, Belarus 10-11 Sept: Pirjo
travelled all the way to Minsk with her Siehkku and the
special guest star Viima
(pictured below). Saturday's judge
Jean Blangino gave CCs, CACIBs and Belarus
Winner 2016 titles to both of them and Siehkku
also got her Belarus champion title. Mr Blangino's choice
for Best of Breed was Viima. On
Sunday, Iuza Beradze also gave Viima CC,
CACIB and BOB (so Viima finished his Belarus title, too),
however, Siehkku had to be content with an
Excellent grading. Congrats and thanks Pirjo &
|7 Sept 2016
|Kuopio International 5-7 Aug: Saimi was
shown at the three back-to-back international
shows and got the following placements in the
intermediate class: VG/2 (Friday, judge Marja
Talvitie), EXC/2 (Saturday, judge Mari Lackman),
and VG/3 (Sunday, judge Tuula Savolainen).
Kittilä group show 6 Aug: Viima graded
Very Good and placed second in the junior class by Juha Putkonen.
Oulu International 13 Aug: Viima's last outing as
a junior, he got an Excellent grading from
Sweden's Kurt Nilsson and was
placed second in his class.
Överkalix all-breed show 14 Aug: Kilpi VG/4 in
the open class under Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen.
Ruovesi group show 21 Aug: Hali won the
junior class with a CQ grading. Placed third in
the dog challenge, he got the reserve CC under
Yppäri group show 28 Aug: Hali's first time
out in the intermediate class and he won it with a
CQ grading under Sakari Poti.
Health news: Seija has
been eye tested clear, and Iita hip and
elbow scored: hips C/B, elbows
0/0. Thank you owners! What is more, Vuokko's patella
certificate was recently renewed.
|3 Aug 2016
|Kärsämäki group show 30 July: Saimi went
runner-up to best bitch with a reserve CC under
Esa Ruotsalainen (who has bred a couple of Lappie
litters himself) out of an entry of 27 Finnish
Lapphunds. Well done Saimi!
Ristijärvi group show 31 July: 22 Lappies
entered under Markku Mähönen and we got
the following results: Hali Very Good/2, Nuuk Best
Veteran in Breed and fourth in the dog challenge,
and Siehkku, the
dark horse of the day who was certainly not sporting her
best coat, went BOB! Winning her crowning CC, she
added both Finnish and Swedish champion titles to
her name. Congratulations Siehkku
|27 July 2016
palpated and scanned by a vet today and unfortunately it turned out she is not
in whelp. Since this was the second attempt with
Stallone, I will have to make new plans for Myy's next season.
|25 July 2016
|Oulu International 9 July: Viima EXC/2
& CQ in a large junior class under Jussi Liimatainen.
Kokkola International 10 July: Otso (who had
hardly any undercoat left) was graded EXC and won the intermediate
class under breeder judge Eija Lehtimäki.
Mäntsälä all-breed show 16 July: Koda EXC/3 under Jari Fors.
Kuusamo group show 16 July: Raimo M Viljanmaa
judged an entry of 39 Finnish Lapphunds, out of
which five were bred by me, and the results were a
cause for celebration - Viima won the junior class
and was runner-up to BD, while litter brother Hali won
the intermediate class and beat Viima for Best
Dog. So Hali took the CC and Viima the
reserve. What is more, Hali then went on to BOB! Nuuk was Best
Veteran in Breed, and the girls Siehkku and Usva were
both graded VG. To our great surprise, the
totally undercoatless Usva was placed fourth in the
open class out of 11 exhibits. For the second time this summer
we had enough Cantavia dogs entered to show a team and went Best Team in Breed. With Best of Breed, Best Veteran and Best Team
under our belts, we made three appearances in the
big ring and got a placement each time: Nuuk went
fourth in the Best Veteran in Show competition
under Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen, Hali third in the
spitz group under breed judge Raimo M Viljanmaa,
and finally the Cantavia team got a fourth place
under Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen. Thank you owners
and handlers for this wet but fantastic day!
Photos by Emilia Laakkonen (Hali) and Mika
Koivuluoma (from left to right: Hali, Nuuk, Viima, and Siehkku).
Kemi International 23 July: Viima VG/3 under Markku Kipinä.
Usva's prcd-PRA and Pompe disease results are back
from Laboklin: she is Normal/Clear with regard to
|8 July 2016
|Exciting news from the Finnish Kennel Club - I
am thrilled to announce that I have been granted
the prestigious Vuolasvirta award, the highest
recognition bestowed on a breeder by the Kennel Club. I am especially proud of the fact that
I collected the points with my first ten consecutive
litters (born between June '01 to Feb
'11). A big thank you to all of my puppy buyers
who contributed to this great achievement and made
a dream come true!
Puppy news: Myy has been bred to Niihtun
Stallone. If the breeding is successful, pups will
be due late August.
Health update: Edi has been
diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Luckily he is
responding to the medication very well and his
thyroid readings are within the reference range. On a
brighter note, we have some more great health results for Usva (who was
recently hip and elbow scored with good results): she has
clear eyes, a patella score of 0/0 and a clear heart
certificate. What is more, we are waiting for her
prcd-PRA and Pompe disease statuses back from Laboklin.
|29 June 2016
Siilinjärvi group show 21 May: Otso VG/4 and Saimi EXC/4 under
Iitti group show 29 May: Varpu graded Good
by Juta Haranen.
Kajaani group show 5 June: a whole bunch of dogs
carrying the Cantavia prefix shown under Reino
Korpela and the results were stellar
(considering the stiff competition with 68 Finnish
Lapphunds entered). First-timer Hali won the JD
class with a CQ and was fourth in the dog
challenge, with litter brother Viima right on
his tail (EXC/2 & CQ). Nuuk went Best
Veteran in Breed, while Kira got an
Excellent grading in the JB class, Iita Very
Good/3 in intermediate bitches, and finally Siehkku EXC/2
& CQ in the OB class. What is
more, I showed a team after a break of many years
and we won Best Team in Breed. In the big ring
there were eight teams in total and Anita
Al-Bachy gave us Best Team in Show! This is only the third Cantavia team ever shown,
and second Best Team in Show win :) Thank you
owners and handlers one more time. Photo by Jos
Schreurs (from left to right: Hali, Nuuk, Viima, Siehkku).
Uden International, the Netherlands 18 June: Seija VG/1 under Gerard Jipping.
Otso was MH temperament profiled (a type of temperament
test available in Finland and Sweden) at
Kärsämäki 12 June by Jorma
Kerkkä and Anne Kuivinen. Otso's profile is
pretty much that of an average Lappie. Thank you Linnea!
Seija was prcd-PRA tested and turned out to be a
carrier. Viima had better luck and is prcd-PRA
clear, however, he is a DM carrier. Usva's hip
score is B/B and elbow score 0/0. Thank you owners
for these results.
added to Litters
and Nuttu to
Co-owned dogs. Vikke moved to
Lumijoki to fill the big boots left by Remu, while Svea is still
waiting to leave for her new home country. Nuttu is staying
with her mum Papu at the Savumerkin kennels.
New photos: Masi, Otso, Iita,
Kira, Simba and Lyyti. Photo
and Kira have also
been updated. A big thank you to all photographers!
|15 May 2016
Keminmaa group show 14 May: Halla Very
Good/4 under Tapio Kakko.
|8 May 2016
Posio group show 7 May: Viima (whose
profile photo has been updated) Very Good/2 and Siehkku Very
Good/3 under Marja Talvitie.
|4 May 2016
Kouvola group show 30 Apr: Varpu graded Good
by Kirsi Honkanen.
has been tested Normal/Clear for prcd-PRA and
New photos in Kira's
gallery and on Senni's page.
|1 May 2016
Lingen International, Germany 23 Apr: Seija
Excellent/2 under Barbara Yvon Bruns.
New photo on Hali's page.
|22 Apr 2016
Polvijärvi group show 17 Apr: Both girls out
of coat, Siehkku VG/4
and Halla VG
under Mari Lackman.
|16 Apr 2016
On 10 April, Usva's
co-owner Jenna and I drove up to Lapland to attend
the annual reindeer herding event. We were lucky
enough to get a place for Usva in the
reindeer herding aptitude test (well actually it
was Vuokko who got
the place, however, the arranging club
kindly let me swap Vuokko for Usva). This year held in
Kittilä, it was a beautiful day and the
event was well organised. Usva and Jenna did a
good job in the reindeer paddock and Usva passed
the test. She has now passed the herding instinct
tests for both sheep and reindeer - way to go
Usva! For more pictures, go to Usva's gallery.
Pertunmaa group show 9 Apr: Varpu Very Good/2
under Perttu Ståhlberg.
Mäntsälä group show 10 Apr: Lyyti Very
Good/1 under Perttu Ståhlberg.
score came back as B/A. Thank you Linnea for
having Otso tested!
Photo updates: Kielo, Vuokko, and Kukka. New page: Nasti's progeny.
|2 Apr 2016
Otso has been
health tested: he has clear eyes and we are
currently waiting for his hip score from the
Finnish Kennel Club. Another piece of good news is
Ällintälli turned out to be
Normal/Clear for Pompe disease, so the A litter
(out of Sylvi) is
clear by parentage.
|25 Mar 2016
Miska x Papu puppies
are here! Two girls and a boy born on 21 Mar.
Spring Specialty of the Lapphund Club of Finland,
Kotka 20 Mar: Karpo placed
second and Lyyti
third in their respective puppy classes under
Maija Sylgrén out of 22 Finnish Lapphund
puppies entered. Photos © Jussi Virtanen
(Karpo left, Lyyti right).
been tested Normal/Clear for prcd-PRA, Pompe
disease and Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). Thank
you Johanna for having Halla tested.
New photo (by Sanna Parviainen) added to Saimi's page.
|19 Mar 2016
International Martini Dog Show, Groningen, the Netherlands 6 Mar: Seija Very Good/2 under Ricky Lochs-Romans.
Brilliant health news: Both Sylvi
and her daughter Iita have been
eye tested clear and patella scored 0/0.
Karpo has a new
profile picture. Thank you Anu & Jussi!
|6 Mar 2016
Puppies on the way! Papu is in whelp to
Tuusniemi group show 28 Feb: Saimi went
second in the bitch challenge taking her first CC!
The entry of 37 Finnish Lapphunds was judged by
Annukka Paloheimo. Photos © Oona & Nuutti
New photos added to Kira's gallery -
thank you Mervi!
|20 Feb 2016
Lahti Puppy Show 17 Jan: Lyyti took a
third place in the minor
puppy class under Pirjo
Club matches Winterswijk 17 Jan & Rijssen 30 Jan: While I do not normally report non-championship
show results, I have to make an exception this
time as Seija
did amazingly well going BOB and Group-2 at
both shows - well done!
Kuopio Spitz Specialty 31 Jan: Saimi graded Very
Good by Jaana Hartus.
Lahti Puppy Show 13 Feb: Karpo won the
7 to 9 month puppy class under Esa
Tornio group show 20 Feb: First time out for Siehkku since
junior class and she came very close to finishing
her champion title - Siehkku
went third in the bitch challenge with the reserve
CC under Mari Lackman out of a super entry of 69 Finnish Lapphunds!
Health news: Both Nuuk and Jekku have
been eye tested clear. What is more, Myy was gene
tested and turned out to be prcd-PRA and Pompe disease Normal/Clear.
|16 Jan 2016
|Kajaani International 10 Jan: Nuuk Very Good/4
in the veteran class
under Riitta Niemelä and Kira, first
time out as a junior, graded
Very Good by Katja Partanen. Photo of Kira ©
been eye tested clear - thank you for this
excellent news Pia!
picture updated - thank you Diane & Piet!