Cantavia Finnish Lapphunds

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10 July 2022

Latest show results below:

Lappeenranta all-breed show 18 June: Vappu Very Good/4 (judge Outi Piisi-Putta).

Kuusamo group show 18 June: Salli Excellent/2, CQ & res CC, Ruusu Very Good/2 and Vuokko Very Good/2 (judge Aila Lehmussaari).

Haapajärvi group show 19 June: Luka Very Good, Sulo Very Good, Salli Excellent/3, Ruusu third in the bitch challenge & res CC, and Vuokko Excellent/1 (judge Maarit Hassinen). As we had four Cantavia dogs entered, we were able to show a team that went Best Team in Breed.

Gällivare Nordic show, Sweden 1 July: Salli Best of Breed with Swedish and Nordic CCs (judge Marianne Holmli). She is pictured below against the show's signature backdrop of midnight sun.

Oulu International 2 July: Salli Very Good (judge Harto Stockmari).

Tuusniemi group show 2 July: Sulo third in the dog challenge & res CC (judge Sakari Poti).

Ruusu and Sulo underwent conformation examinations organised by the Breeding Committee of the Lapphund Club of Finland at Kiiminki on 16 June. The judges were Tapio Kakko and Taru Vallius. Both dogs were deemed "Approved for breeding".

A couple of photos added to Kerttu's gallery.

14 June 2022

Kuopio group show 11 June: Rasmus Very Good/3 under Leni Finne.

Uusikaarlepyy group show 11 June: This was Salli's last show as a puppy and she finished her puppy career in style by taking yet another Best Puppy in Breed! I look forward to seeing how she fares as a junior. Ruusu's (pictured) result was Excellent/2 with a CQ and Vuokko's Excellent/2. The Finnish Lapphund judge was Juha Putkonen.

Rasmus attended a sheep herding aptitude test at Vehmersalmi on 9 June. Unfortunately he did not show enough interest in the sheep this time to pass the test. I hope to see him have another go later!

Bella and Hanneliisa took part in a BH trial at Haapavesi on 10 June passing it with flying colours. Congratulations!

4 June 2022

Tornio group show 26 May: Another Best Puppy win for Salli (who this time was the only puppy), Ruusu (photo below) Very Good/2, and Vuokko BOS veteran taking her second veteran CC. Lappies were judged by Matti Palojärvi.

Lestijärvi group show 28 May: Salli Best Puppy again out of an entry of four while Vuokko was graded Excellent/2 under Riitta Niemelä.

Photo updates: Nuttu and her gallery (thank you Johanna!), Jiska (thank you Outi!), and Kerttu.

23 May 2022

Oulainen group show 21 May: Another great show day for Salli, who went Best Puppy out of an entry of five puppies under Jari Fors. Bella (pictured below) was graded Excellent but not placed this time in a large open class, while the big surprise of the day was Vuokko going BOS veteran and getting her first veteran CC, a novelty in the Finnish show rings.

17 May 2022

Oulu Nordic show 7 May: Salli went BP out of three puppies entered while Rasmus got his very first Excellent grading, placing first the intermediate class. Vuokko, who has zero undercoat, was graded Very Good and placed second in veteran bitch. Lappies were judged by Erja Nummi.

Oulu group show 15 May: Salli was placed second in a class of four bitch puppies and got a prize of honour under Mari Lackman. Photos © Taru Vallius.

Vappu was temperament tested in Oulu 14 May under Riikka Maijanen and Leena Berg getting a total score of 95 points/gun-sure. A big thank you to Team Vappu!

Rasmus was tested on a decoy bear to see what his reaction to large wild animals might be, and he turned out to be a smart boy in this respect! Well done Rasmus!

Photo updates: Salli (new profile picture) and Savumerkin Noitatunturi (Nuttu's progeny page).

1 May 2022

Rasmus has been to two shows recently. Shown in the intermediate class, his first time out this year was at the Kuopio Spitz Specialty 24 Apr where he was graded Very Good by Kirsi Honkanen, while at his second show (Tampere Nordic show 30 Apr) he was also graded VG and placed first in the class by Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen. Photos below from the Kuopio show (and the new photo on Rasmus' personal page) © Sanna Parviainen.

Rasmus has also been to the vet for an eye test and heart auscultation with no defects found. Thank you Henna!

14 Apr 2022

Puppy news! Alma gave birth to five puppies (three boys & two girls) last night. The proud sire is Taigahaun Pakkaspeikon Polkka.

The first weekend of April saw us attend the traditional reindeer herding event at Pudasjärvi. We were lucky enough to secure spots for Ruusu and Sulo. Both of them got the evaluation "retesting recommended" in the reindeer herding aptitude test: while Ruusu was slightly too eager, Sulo was actually doing a great job until one of the reindeer turned on him and he was nearly run over. This left him so bewildered that he more or less stopped working the reindeer. Perhaps the two will have another go later once Ruusu has learned to slow down a little bit and Sulo has gained more confidence. Photo of Ruusu in action by Taru Vallius.

Spring Specialty of the Lapphund Club of Finland, Rovaniemi 10 Apr: Salli had a very nice debut as she won the baby puppy class with a prize of honour. Her great-grandmother Vuokko, who was entered in the veteran class just to keep her company, decided to start moulting some time before the show and certainly did not look her best. She was graded Very Good by Tarja Kallio.

Sami has a new profile picture - thank you Riitta!

20 Mar 2022

Sad to report that Ruska had to be given sleep due to old age issues at the end of February. My condolences go out to Ruska's family.

Sulo has been through extensive health testing - a big thank you to his owners! Sulo's eyes and heart are clear, patella score 0/0, hip score C/C, and elbow score 0/0. His spine x-rays came back as Lumbosacral Transitional Vertebra grade 1 (divided median crest (S1-S2)), Spondylosis 0 (clear) and Vertebral Anomaly 0 (clear). Finally, his gene test results are as follows: prcd-PRA clear, Pompe disease clear, DM carrier, and CMR clear.

Photo galleries of Salli and Kerttu updated. Salli also has a new profile picture by Taru Vallius.

12 Feb 2022

Ruusu and Sulo ventured out to Lapland for a two-day crash course on reindeer herding. I am happy to report that both showed some real talent in the discipline! Pictured below is Sulo - for photos of Ruusu in action, go to her gallery. Note that she is coming out of her post-whelping moult and therefore looking rather raggedy! What is more, Sulo's profile picture has been updated. Thank you Merja for the photos!

6 Feb 2022

Introducing our new team member Peppiinan Kuunkerttu aka Kerttu. Go to her personal page for more details!

16 Jan 2022

Ruusu and Noki puppies now have their personal pages under Litters. My young hopefuls out of the two litters are Salli (who stayed at home) and Nuttu (placed out on breeding terms).