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Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 30th March 2018

Gosh where has this last week gone? It’s hard to believe a week has passed since Crufts and how lucky  we were with the weather over the 4 days of the show, looking out of my window this morning there is a fresh thick blanket of snow.

With two championship shows already gone by as we approach April I calculate with have 12 more shows with Challenge Certificates on offer this year.  W.E.L.K.S, which is held in Malvern, in Worcester, is our next show on Saturday 28th April, with the judge being my husband, Stuart Byrne..  Hopefully I can come along to watch, we just need to finalise when our son Jack goes away that weekend for his first Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition, hopefully the snow will be long gone by then!

I have some news to share with you from Clare Masters, Clare contacted me to say recently on television there was an article about Juniper who is a fox that was abandoned as a baby and how a family in the States took her in. Clare has made contact with the family and also emailed GMTV a picture of Stanley to show the similarities in colour between the fox and our breed, this was then mentioned on their Facebook page.  The owner of Juniper was honest to say living with a fox can be destructive and not recommended and if it is a fox you want as a pet to consider a Finnish Spitz instead, well done Clare. Hopefully with all the visitors recently at Discover Dogs more people will discover our breed.

I look forward to hearing and sharing with you news on Angela Cavill’s judging at the Winterdays Show in Finland

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 23rd March 2018

No snow! Just your average overcast day with a little drizzle thrown in, with an early start for everyone as we were first in the ring at 9am on the Friday at Crufts, this meant after judging was completed there was lots and lots of time for shopping, catching up with friends old and new and plenty of time to visit Discover Dogs

Our judge, Mr Sigurd Wilberg, had an entry of 15 dogs making 17 entries, there was one absentee on the day, this year we did not have any entries from overseas. I always think that Finnish Spitz look so good when shown on the green covered carpeted rings Crufts provide.

Best Of Breed and the Dog CC was awarded to Robert Greave’s Ch & Ir Ch Kunniakas Look No Further for Whittimere,  who was also Best Veteran,  the Reserve Dog CC went to David Rolfe’s Puulatva The Red Norseman Among Inkivaari. BOS and the Bitch CC went to Brian and Clare Master’s Ch Toveri Neiti, with the Reserve Bitch CC being awarded to mine and Angela Cavill’s Ch Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (Imp FIN). Best puppy was Valokki Sampo, who is owned by Alun Green and Christine Dardis, and was handled by her breeder Irene Slater.

It was nice to get feedback that Discover Dogs was very popular again with lots of visitors enquiring about our beautiful breed. The Club and Society did an excellent job and our booth looked amazing on all four days, everyone who helped as ever did our breed proud.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 16th March 2018

As I sit indoors in the warm typing up these breed notes, I can hear the gales outside,  I can’t believe the MET Office has named the latest storm after our dog Emma!! Storm Emma has brought blizzards of snow, for some freezing rain and everyone gales.  Hopefully when you are reading these notes everything has passed as with March arriving, spring is just around the corner! The first signs are already starting to show as we already have daffodils in our garden. 

Last time we visited the NEC in Birmingham it was for LKA and for many it was a difficult journey in the snow. Let’s hope that is not the case for Crufts, and everyone can make it without any snow in sight. We are being judged on Friday but if you visit Discover Dogs there will be representatives from our breed over all 4 days with the Finnish Spitz Club and the Finnish Spitz Society sharing the days.  It is a lovely chance to meet our dogs and ask any questions if you are thinking of owning a Finnish Spitz yourself in the future, or just want to learn more about our beautiful breed.

Our judge this year is Mr K S Wilberg, who has an entry of 15 dogs making 17 entries, as ever with Crufts it will be interesting to see if we have any overseas entries, I will let you know next week.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 9th March 2018

When there is a break between going to shows remember to check out local  ring craft training sessions, these are not designed just for puppies or new handlers but are an excellent opportunity to socialise your dogs and a great place to practice in between shows. This week Stuart judged the monthly match competition held at the ring craft where we go with Emma, Yeovil & District Canine Society.

I am really pleased to hear the entry details Angela Cavill has later in March at the Winterdays Show in Finland.  There is a very impressive entry of 81 Finnish Spitz waiting for Angela to judge.  I believe judging is outside, which as we all know is what our breed always prefer, they are well used to the cold temperature in Finland, which at this time of year is normally at least -20 degrees!

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 2nd March 2018

It has been a different routine this week for Emma, with it being half term, meaning I don’t need to work at school, which in turns means extra walks for Emma, including another long walk at Stourhead. Also my sister with our two year old niece came to stay for a couple of days so Emma was pleased as Florrie kept throwing a ball for her to play with. 

I enjoyed receiving  the Finnish Spitz Society yearbook in the post this week, with thanks to Abigail Rolfe,  who was largely responsible for putting together the yearbook. 

I am pleased to tell you that Spitz in the Park is on later this year, it takes place on 21st and 22nd July at Padworth Village Hall (near Reading). This event is great for all spitz lovers, it is organised by the Southern Finnish Lapphund Society and helpers. It really is a fun packed weekend for all spitz breeds, with lots of activities taking place including a general knowledge quiz, BBQ and fun games for all the family. If you wish there are camping facilities, the best advice to you would be to book early as spaces are limited. For full details please check out the official website page. www.spitzinthepark.co.uk.  When I hear of further details I will certainly share them with you.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 23rd February 2018

The entry details for Crufts this year have now been released, and our entry this year is 15 dogs making 17 entries, which is the same number of dogs as last year.

As has become a traditional part of Crufts, Finnish Spitz will be represented at Discover Dogs on all 4 days of the show, Thursday 8th March- Sunday 11th March 2018. Members of both the Finnish Spitz Club and Finnish Spitz Society will be on hand every day, to answer any questions you may have about our wonderful breed, and a chance to meet the breed.

Looking forward to 2019 for all breeds there is going to be a change in the allocation of CCs, with the Kennel Club introducing 6 new all-breeds Championship Shows, which are, Bath Canine Society, Darlington Dog Show Society, Ladies Kennel Association, Leeds & District Canine Association, Manchester Dog Show Society and Windsor Dog Show Society. Of the new six all-breeds shows Finnish Spitz currently have CCs on offer at two, Manchester and LKA.

This means that in 2019, 2020 and 2021, there will be 10 all-breed Championship Shows, which includes the aforementioned new 6, along with the current well established all-breed shows: Crufts, Birmingham National, Scottish Kennel Club (May) and Welsh Kennel Club, which will all be required to follow the following criteria from their 2019 shows:

  • The show cannot exceed the established number of days of its current championship show

  • The group days must rotate each year to provide each group with the opportunity of a weekend show day

  • Initiatives should be in place to enhance the exhibitor’s experiences of the show and the promotion of Kennel Club aims and objectives

  • The Society should offer partnership shows to other registered clubs and societies

  • Classes must be scheduled for all breeds allocated Challenge Certificates (CCs)

There has also been a reallocation of CCs, so for Finnish Spitz, for 2019, the Championship Show calendar for shows with CCs is: Manchester, Crufts, Birmingham National, SKC (May), Bath, Finnish Spitz Society, Windsor, Leeds, Hound Association, Welsh Kennel Club, Richmond, Darlington, Finnish Spitz Club and LKA.

The Kennel Club working parties main focus in their recommendations is to encourage the retention of existing exhibitors by offering more opportunities to compete for CCs across the country and throughout the whole of the year.  These recommendations should enhance the show scene, and offer exhibitors a fair geographical spread of shows, which are spread across the calendar year, with a fair rotation of weekend show days.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 16th February 2018

Last weekend the Finnish Spitz Club Yearbook 2017 arrived back from the printers, ready for posting, we helped Jack put it into the waiting envelopes , so hopefully by the time you read these notes all members will have received their Yearbook, I hope all members enjoy reading the Yearbook as much as Jack did compiling it for us all.

In last weeks’ Our Dogs the final results for 2017 were confirmed, with the Top Stud for 2017, being won by Ch/Am Ch Kunniakas Kovu ShCM, and the overall winner of Top Brood Bitch for 2017, won by Toveri Kurpitsa, many congratulations to the winners.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 9th February 2018

It was another rainy weekend here in Somerset, at least Sunday saw a break in the weather and we managed another lovely walk at beautiful Stourhead, with lots of snowdrops out, giving us an early sign of spring on its’ way!

Entries for Crufts have now closed and I look forward to seeing how many entries we have, our judge this year is Mr K S  Wilberg , with Hound day being Friday the 9th March.  If you are interested in our breed please come and check out the Finnish Spitz stand at Discover Dogs which will be manned on all four days at Crufts by members of the Club and Society.

This week I purchased a book which has come highly recommended by my parents-in-law, it is entitled “All about Mating, Whelping and Weaning” by David Cavill, myself and Stuart will both be reading this over the next couple of weeks, in preparation for later in the year……watch this space!

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 2nd February 2018

What a change in the weather this weekend, with every walk needing my waterproof clothing, due to the non-stop rain we had in Somerset, however, it did not seem to deter Emma one bit who enjoyed every walk as much as usual!

Last Thursday was Hound day at Manchester Championship Show, our scheduled judge, Lucy Byrne, unfortunately due to sickness withdrew from the judging appointment. Our replacement judge on the day was Mr Graham Hill, we were unable to exhibit at Manchester this year, with Lucy being our sister-in-law, so were grateful for the Higham Press results pages keeping us up to date with the results.

There was an entry of 7 dogs making 8 entries for Graham Hill to take over, there were 2 absentees on the day. Bitch CC, BOB and Best Puppy was awarded to 10 month old, Valokki Sampo, who is owned by Alun Green and Christine Dardis, and was handled by her breeder Irene Slater, this was her first CC, the Dog CC, Reserve CC and Bitch Reserve CC were all withheld.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 26th January 2018

As you read this week’s notes, Manchester Championship Show is currently underway, where our judge, Lucy Byrne, has 7 dogs making 8 entries, I will have a full report to share with you next week.

Whilst checking my bank account, I noticed the yearly subscriptions for The Finnish Spitz Club and The Finnish Spitz Society have both gone out.  Like the majority of members they both go out by Standing Order which is the easiest way not to forget to pay. I know both the Club and the Society  Treasurers will be checking payments soon, so if you have not got a Standing Order  set-up please make sure you have sent off a cheque to cover your membership. If you wish to set up a Standing Order for the future, both will be able to send you a Standing Order Mandate form for you to complete. There are many benefits to being members of the breed clubs including not only reduced entries at the breed Championship shows but yearbooks and magazines, containing news, articles and latest results.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 19th January 2018

Our first show with Challenge Certificates on offer is coming up very shortly, I was hoping to have entry details for Manchester, however, as the entries were extended until  last Tuesday they were not available for these breed notes.

As mentioned previously in these notes, our judge is my sister-in-law, Lucy Byrne who has been involved in our breed for over 30 years now, having started off herself as a junior handler, Manchester is on Thursday 18th January.

Looking ahead I notice this year at Crufts we are showing on the Friday, followed by WELKS which this year is on a Saturday.  For some exhibitors the day of the week a show falls on makes a big difference to if they can attend and enter.

Angela Cavill and myself are delighted with the news that our Finnish Import, Ch Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (Imp FIN), has ended 2017 being both Top Dog and Top Puppy in Finnish Spitz.  Emma is still only 19 months old so this is a fantastic achievement, of which we are all extremely proud and delighted. During 2017 Emma won 9 CC’s, 3 with BOB and 3 Res CC’s, Stuart handles Emma in the ring and she lives with us and our two children in Somerset, on top of all her wins the best  part of owning Emma is that she is such a huge and central part of our family. Well done also to Robert Greaves’ Rigsby, Champion & Ir Ch Kunniakas Look No Further For Whittimere, who finished 2017 as Top Opposite Sex in breed, having added 5 CCs all with BOB, and Group 3 at Birmingham National, to his impressive total of 36 CC’s.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 12th January 2018

We seem to be back to a normal routine now with Christmas and New Year a distant memory!  I was so glad to learn about Poinsettia plants being poisonous to dogs in the Our Dogs issue dated 15th December, in  Jane Lilley’s column, I quickly passed on the one I had purchased to one of my walking friends who doesn’t own a dog, however, often accompanies myself and Emma.

That is the good thing in owning a dog….instant exercise, after Christmas I need to increase my step count and walking Emma definitely helps to achieve this.  As a family we took Emma to Stourhead over the Christmas period, making good use of our National Trust membership and making use of the fact that you can currently take dogs in at any time during the day at Stourhead right up to the start of March.

LKA weekend proved very successful for Finnish breeder Pertti Korhonen, with not only mine and Angela Cavills’ Ch Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (Imp FIN), winning her 9th CC this year, that same weekend in Helsinki, there were 3 shows back-to-back, Friday was the Helsinki Winners Show where Pertti won best dog with Aksu, a male he owns but did not breed, interestingly Aksu is sired by Roxy, who is the litter brother of David and Dolores Montgomerys’ import Pettukangas Karu. Saturday saw the Nordic Winners Show where Fi Ch Kekkeruusin Vellamo, won the CACIB and NORDW-17 title, and was 3rd in the Nordic Native Breeds Group, then on to Sunday and the Winners Show where Kekkeruusin Vicky won ROP (BOB), both bitches share the same dam as Emma, what a great weekend and congratulations to Pertti.

This was also Rainer Vuorinen’s last judging appointment, Rainer has been known to many of us over many years, and I know you will all wish him well, it was lovely to see Angela Cavill presenting the awards at Rainers’ last show.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 5th January 2018

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable Christmas, we have enjoyed some lovely walks with Emma in Surrey whilst staying with my parents. Emma may be a girl but her favourite Christmas present this year was a new soft football! 

Both the Finnish Club and Finnish Spitz Society are in the process of compiling their year books and would welcome contributions.  For the Club please send articles and adverts to the editor Jack Byrne, e-mail: vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk, and for the  Society, please send any articles to Abigail Rolfe, e mail: zapcat@gmail.com , for full details please check out the respective websites.

I wish you all and your dogs a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2018.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 29th Decemeber 2017

We now have a mini-break from shows where Challenge Certifcates are on offer to our breed, with our next show with CCs being Manchester, which is on Thursday 18th January 2018. As I write these notes the entries for Manchester have now closed, our judge is breed specialist, my sister-in-law, Lucy Byrne, who has been involved with Finnish Spitz, either showing, judging or breeding since the mid-80s, and last judged the breed at Crufts 2016.

Please do not forget, as ever, that I welcome any news, stories or results you have that I can share with everyone through the breed notes.

Finally this week I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all and your dogs a merry Christmas!  Hyvää Joulua!

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 22nd Decemeber 2017

I must start by mentioning the historic event of last Wednesday, when  Finland celebrated its 100th Independence Day, lots of flags would definitely have been on show in Finland on 6th December to celebrate Finland’s declaration of Independence from the Russian Republic in 1917.

Following his Best of Breed win at the Nordic, and continuing to fly the flag for Finnish Spitz, at the Hound Club of East Anglia Open Show David Knight and John Stoke’s  Ch Toveri Turo of Lelaps (Magnus) won Best of Breed Under judge Alan Mease and later made the short list for Best in Show, judged by Simon Parsons.

Moving onto Sunday 10th December at LKA, our  judge Steve Piearce had an entry of 13 dogs making 14 entries, on the day 6 Finnish Spitz were present, 2 dogs and 4 bitches.  This was partly due to the weather, as although I know our daughter, Evie, really enjoyed looking out at all the snow covered trees as Stuart drove and absolutely loved walking from the NEC car park to the halls, kicking all the snow (living in the South of England snow is a novelty for us!), however the roads were difficult to negotiate, there were also 2 dogs entered which were bred by our replacement judge so had to withdraw.  There was a lovely Christmas feel not only from the snow but the atmosphere inside, thank you to David Knights’ for his homemade mince pies and gingerbread complete with edible glitter, which were appreciated by us all, our chocolate celebrations also proved a hit. We managed to do some Christmas shopping, including getting the latest Our Dogs Annual and Diary.  Onto the judging,  which was kindly put back by the LKA committee to allow exhibitors and judges extra time to arrive.  Dog CC and BOB was awarded to David Knight’s and John Stoke’s Ch Toveri of Lelaps , his 3rd CC this year, Reserve Dog CC was David Rolfe’s Puulatva the Red Norseman Among Inkivaari.  In the Bitches the Bitch CC was awarded to mine and Angela Cavill’s Ch Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (Imp FIN), this was Emma’s 9th CC this year,  Reserve Bitch CC went to David and John’s Ch Toveri Tosca of Lelaps, I was glad to hear everyone got home safe and sound.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 15th Decemeber 2017

Gosh the temperature has really dropped this week, this week my hat, scarf and gloves have come out whilst I walk Emma, unfortunately Emma is not too impressed having to wait while I wrap up warm, but once outside Emma soon forgets as we go out on our walk! I have got to say, though I know it has been said before, I am so glad to have Emma as otherwise would I really venture out at this time of year?  Emma definitely helps me to achieve my daily step target!

Sunday 10th December  is Hound day at LKA, our replacement  judge is breed specialist Steve Piearce.  There is an entry of 13 dogs making 14 entries, this is an excellent time to do a spot of Christmas shopping and catch up with friends before Christmas.

Finally this week, I meant to add when  Stuart was driving back from the Nordic he was delighted to hear on Zoe Balls’ Radio 2 show the Nordic show being mentioned, as an exhibitor had text her show to say what a good day they had had at the Nordic show!!

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 8th Decemeber 2017

The Nordic Show, which is run by the Finnish Spitz Club, went very smoothly , with a flutter of snow snow in the air to set the scene.  It is a really great to see all the Spitz Breeds at a show on the same day,  making the group judging at the end of the day a really interesting spectacle, being so different to the Hound Group which is the official home for Finnish Spitz at shows.   

This is the Open Show for the Finnish Spitz Club, this year our judge was breed specialist Abby Rolfe, who had an entry of 11 dogs making 12 entries, on the day there 8 dogs present.  Abby awarded Best Dog and Best of Breed to David Knights and John Stokes Ch Toveri Turo of Lelaps, (Magnus) , this is the third time Magnus  has won Best of Breed at the Nordic Show, Best Opposite Sex was Irene Slaters’ Valokki Tulikki, with Best Veteran Irene’s and Mr Hardwicks’ Ch Valokki Soren. There were no puppies entered.

Overall the show had 297 dogs making 439 entries, which is in line with the last few years, I know there were many breed classes supported by their respective Clubs or Societies, and I know the committee are grateful for all of the donations, from these clubs and individuals, with a special thank you to Dolores and David Montgomery who donated many of the major award rosettes and several for different breed classes also. The overall Best In Show winner, judged by Barry Blunden (Licassa) was Michaella Dunhill-Hall’s, Japanese Shiba Inu, Vormund Sinister, who also took BPIS, many congratulations to his owner.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 1st Decemeber 2017

Saturday 25th November is The Nordic Show, as in previous years it is being held at The Sports Connexion, Ryton on Dunsmore, near Coventry, it is a great chance to see all the Spitz Breeds on one day.  Finnish Spitz are being judged in ring 3, we are first on with judging starting at 10am,  Abby Rolfe, our judge has an entry of 11 dogs making 14 entries.  Overall the show has 297 dogs making 439 entries, this is similar to last year’s overall entry. A raffle will be taking place and there will be trade stands to look round, with a chance to maybe start your Christmas shopping!  Refreshments will also be available if you wish to buy something for breakfast or lunch. I look forward to seeing you all there.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 24th November 2017

Saturday 25th November is The Nordic Show, as in previous years it is being held at The Sports Connexion, Ryton on Dunsmore, near Coventry, it is a great chance to see all the Spitz Breeds on one day.  Finnish Spitz are being judged in ring 3, we are first on with judging starting at 10am,  Abby Rolfe, our judge has an entry of 11 dogs making 14 entries.  Overall the show has 297 dogs making 439 entries, this is similar to last year’s overall entry. A raffle will be taking place and there will be trade stands to look round, with a chance to maybe start your Christmas shopping!  Refreshments will also be available if you wish to buy something for breakfast or lunch. I look forward to seeing you all there.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 17th November 2017

This weekend Emma did us proud, when she accompanied us to the Remembrance Parade in Shepton Mallet, wearing her poppy proudly on her collar.

The Finnish Spitz Society has just launched their calendar for 2018, this is the third year they have produced a calendar full of photos of our wonderful breed.  If you wish to purchase one for yourself or as a Christmas gift please contact Abby Rolfe, Abby will be at the Nordic show on the 25th November as well as LKA on 10th December, this would save you postage.  Please order in advance to make sure you reserve one, you can contact Abby via e-mail: zpcat@gmail.com

Entries for the Nordic show which is run by the Finnish Spitz Club is just closing, I should have entry details next week.  Abby Rolfe is the Finnish Spitz judge with Best in Show/Best Puppy in Show being judged by Mr Barry Blunden (Licassa).  The Nordic Show has classes for all Spitz Breeds so come along and meet them and say hello.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 10th November 2017

Our dog Emma was delighted this weekend when Brian and Clare Masters visited, so pleased that Sybil and Stanley were with her as a lovely distraction from the fireworks going off both Friday and Saturday. It was great seeing the three dogs getting on so well, playing together in the garden and enjoying long walks, Emma is now shattered!

The Finnish Spitz Club Secretary, Nicola Croxford, has asked me to remind everyone that articles for the year book need to be in soon, the deadline has been extended to 1st December, please send your articles to the editor, Jack Byrne, via e-mail, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk.  New this year, following the success of the Club Show catalogue, you can also place an advertisement in the year book, please check out the Club website for full details.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 3rd November 2017

It has been half term from school this week, so Emma has enjoyed having us all around more, and really enjoyed the numerous walks she has joined us on taking in the autumn colours. One great walk we took in was Lytes Cary, where there is an excellent woodland walk, where we saw some stunning colours on the trees, with Emma having the opportunity for a good run also! 

Unfortunately due to a busy weekend for all our family we were unable to make the Finnish Spitz Society Open show held last Saturday, so thank you to David Rolfe for the news from the show.  David and Abby would also like to pass on their thanks for everyone who worked so hard to make the show run smoothly, both committee and non-committee members.

The judge was Tim Ball who had 19 dogs (plus a further 3 NFC), making an overall entry of 38 dogs spread throughout all the classes, there were only 2 dogs absent on the day. The weather stayed dry for the show, so judging was able to take place outside which I am sure all the dogs prefer (and their owners!). Cecily Byard and Thomas Greer’s Valokki Kuura was awarded Best Bitch and Best in Show, with David Rolfe’s Puulatva The Red Norseman among Inkivaari (Nico) winning Best Dog, Best Opposite Sex and Reserve Best in Show. It was good to see once again that the puppy classes had entries, Best Puppy on the day was Christine Dardis and Alun Greeen’s Valokki Samp, who was handled in their absence by Irene Slater.  

The rosettes were in the same colours as this year’s Society Championship Show, in the striking Emerald Green and Gold combination. As has become tradition Lindsay did an excellent job of the catering, providing both breakfast and lunch and Abby brought along one of her legendary cakes, I wish I had that talent to decorate a cake to create a stunning show stopper!

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 27th October 2017

What an experience Discover Dogs at the ExCeL Arena in London was! It was organised by Eukanuba who provided each breed present with their own lovely pink carpeted area. Over both days last weekend our beautiful breed was represented by the Finnish Spitz Club (Saturday) and the Finnish Spitz Society (Sunday).

It was an amazing experience speaking to people non-stop all day, who showed a genuine interest in understanding more about our beautiful breed.  It was interesting speaking to several people who had never come across Finnish Spitz before and could not understand why after meeting the dogs and learning about them, that they are not more popular and well known.  Hopefully this yearly event along with Discover Dogs at Crufts will help to increase the interest, knowledge and popularity of Finnish Spitz in the UK.

Final reminder that the Finnish Spitz Society open show is this Saturday, judge Tim Ball has 19 dogs (plus a further 3 NFC), making an overall entry of 38 dogs spread throughout all the classes. 

The Society Chairman Miss Abaigail Rolfe is the judge for the Finnish Spitz classes at the Nordic Show, you can still enter by sending postal entries, postmark Friday 3rd November or enter on-line up until midnight on Sunday 12th November at www.fossedata.co.uk.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 20th October 2017

Next weekend, the 28th October, sees the Finnish Spitz Society open show, entries, under judge Tim Ball, have now closed but you can still pre-order breakfast by e-mailing Lindsay at: treasurer@finnishspitzsociety.co.uk. Even if you have not entered you are welcome to come along to meet the breed, the show opens at 9.30am with judging starting at 11.00am.

Another great opportunity to meet our breed and get a better understanding is at Discover Dogs, being held this weekend, the 21st and 22nd October, where there will be representatives of our breed on hand to answer any questions you may have.  If you are considering getting a Finnish Spitz sometime in the future for yourself, this is an excellent opportunity to ask questions, there will also be Finnish Spitz there on both days, so please come along and say hello! It is being held at the ExCeL Arena in London and there will be lots of information on hand for you.

Angela Cavill is currently in Finland for the Haukku Ottelu, the most famous bird hunting trial for Finnish Spitz. A couple of weeks later Angela is Patron of the “Hirvi-Herra” trials which are Elk hunting trials for Finnish Spitz and Nordic Spitz, both of these are the grand finals, after elimination contests having been held earlier in the hunting season.

 I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 13th October 2017

Last weekend, on Saturday 7th October  the Finnish Spitz Club held their 50th Anniversary Show.  The occasion was definitely memorable with lots of wonderful prizes on offer, not only for the winners, but every exhibitor was given a gift from the Club.  A really nice touch was that all catalogues had a gold tassel to highlight the Golden Anniversary, the catalogues also contained lots of colourful adverts from Club members.   In line with tradition, our Vice President, Angela Cavill presented all ladies with a boutonniere in memory of Finnish Spitz no longer with us. 

I can personally tell you the results first hand as I had the honour to be the steward on the day along with Trevor Howlett,  everyone, especially the dogs, were pleased that judging was able to take place outside as the weather stayed dry all day.

Our judge was Mari Lackman, from North Karelia,in the Eastern part of Finland, Mari kindly gave every exhibitor some Finnish chocolate. There were 28 dogs entered making 38 entries, on the day there were 7 absentees. 

Winning Best in Show and the Bitch CC from Veteran and showing what great lasters our beautiful breed are was Brian and Clare Masters Ch Toveri Neiti, the Res Bitch CC went to mine and Angela Cavills’ Ch Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (Imp FIN). In the dogs, Mari awarded Linda Andersons Ch Sukunimi Haway Geordie the Dog CC, he was handled by his breeder Steve Piearce, the Res Dog CC winner was David Knights and John Stokes Ch Toveri Turo Of Lelaps. Best Puppy went to the male, Laurence Brown and Karen Thomsons’ Sukunimi  Cuillin. I am sure all the winners were very happy not only with their wins but the many special prizes donated, including from overseas, The Finnish Kennel Club, the Spitz Club of Finland and Paivi Uutela. 

After the trophy presentation there followed 2 raffles, one featuring special Finnish prizes and the other being the superbly supported club raffle.  A champagne and celebration cake party finished the day off in great style, courtesy of David and Angela Cavill and Steve and Alison Piearce.

I would like to add a thank you for my engraved glass gift for being a steward from Angela and Dolores Montgomery, it was greatly received and appreciated.

It was a great first Show for The Clubs Acting Hon. Secretary Nicola Croxford, who has asked me to pass on her thanks to all the hard working committee members and their friends and family for making the day run smoothly.

Hopefully by the time you read this the website would have been updated with photos from throughout the day, don’t forget to visit WWW.finnishspitzclub.com

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 29th September 2017

This week with a break from showing,  we have been enjoying some nice walks with Emma, this is always one of my favourite times of the year to walk and see the autumn colours arriving.  We actually have a National Trust membership and there are several places where we can take Emma, though our park is looking lovely and is just on our doorstep!  Emma always ensures that I hit my daily steps target!

The Finnish Spitz Club Show entries are now in, where there are 28 dogs making 38 entries for this year’s judge, Mrs Mari Lackman, from Finland.  The show opens at 10 am and judging commences at 11 am, if you have not entered you are welcome to come along and meet people in our breed , enjoy the catering,  enter the raffle, which is extra special this year, being the 50th Breed Championship Show.  As mentioned previously, full details are available on the Website:  WWW.FinnishSpitzClub.co.uk.

After the Club Show there is only one more show this year with Challenge Certificates on offer, LKA.  We have however got the Finnish Spitz Society Open Show and the Nordic Show, both are still available to enter or you can come along to spectate.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 22nd September 2017

A reminder this week that the Finnish Spitz Society Open Show is on Saturday 28th October, where our judge is Tim Ball.  Following the success at their June Championship Show, Lindsay is once again in charge of the catering and as well as offering lunch you can also pre-order breakfast.  If you are interested you must pre-order by emailing Lindsay at: treasurer@finnishspitzsociety.co.uk,  I understand pancakes are on offer as well as bacon and/or egg sandwiches.

I can’t believe it will soon be the 50th Championship Anniversary Show of the Finnish Spitz Club, with the show being held on the 7th October, it looks like it will be a great day out for all enthusiasts of the breed, where there will be a fabulous raffle, lots of special prizes and lunch on offer  which will include lots of homemade cakes!  And do not forget the show will finish with champagne and a lovely cake to celebrate the occasion. 

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 15th September 2017

Now I know I said last week we have a mini break from shows until the Finnish Spitz Club Championship Show, but I forgot about Darlington Championship Show, as although we do not have Challenge Certificates on offer at the show, they do schedule classes for Finnish Spitz. Robert Greave’s Ch/Ir Ch Kunniakas Look No Further for Whittimere, Rigsby, won Best Dog and Best Of Breed under judge Miss E Mitchell. Later in the day Rigsby represented Finnish Spitz by staying for the Hound and Veteran Groups and I am very pleased to tell you that in the Hound Veteran Group, judged by Patsy Holings, Rigsby was awarded Group 2. It is always lovely when a Finnish Spitz is in the Group to represent us and of course great news if they get a placing! Well done Rigsby and Robert. 

Please let me know over the next few months of any news or results from shows you attend whether there are breed classes scheduled or if you are exhibiting in the Any Variety classes.

Although there is a break before our next show, we are pleased that after their summer break our local ringcraft is back holding weekly training sessions, which are so crucial in preparing your dogs for the show ring and show environment, and great place to meet and learn about other breeds.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 8th September 2017

Not quite the ice cream weather I was hoping you would all enjoy at Richmond Championship Show,  however I assure you Loseley ice cream is lovely whatever the weather!  Richmond Championship Show found us at Loseley Park, Near Guildford, even though we have had similar size entries at the last few shows, due to the varying locations, it has meant we have seen different dogs  shown, and it was pleasing to see two puppies entered and shown at Richmond.  

Our judge was Jenny Startup, who had an entry of 8 dogs making 12 entries, with no absentees on the day. The Dog CC and BOB was awarded to Robert Greave’s Ch/Ir Ch Kunniakas Look No Further for Whittimere, (Rigsby) who has now won 36 CCs, the Reserve Dog CC went to David Rolfes Puulatva the Red Norseman Among Inkivaari.  In bitches CC was awarded to mine and Angela Cavills’ Ch Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (Imp FIN), this is her 8th CC this year, with the Reserve Bitch CC awarded to Cecily Byard and Thomas Greer’s Valokki Kuura. Best Puppy, his 3rd such award this year was Laurence Brown and Karen Thomsons’ Sukunimi  Cuillin. Later in the day, Rigsby represented the breed in the Hound Group and made the judges shortlist in the group, well done Rigsby and Robert.

We now have a mini break before our next Championship show, the Finnish Spitz Club Championship Show, who are holding their 50th Anniversary show on 7th October.  Our Judge is Mrs Mari Lackman, full details about the show can be found on the Club website, www.finnishspitzclub.com, I have no entry details yet as even though postal entries have closed you can still enter on-line up until Midnight this Sunday 17th September at www.fossedate.co.uk.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 1st September 2017

This week I would like to draw your attention to three upcoming shows all being run by the Finnish Spitz Club or Society, the great  new is there is still time to enter at all three, or put the dates in your diary to come along for a nice day out.

First we have the 50th Anniversary Show of the Finnish Spitz Club, this is on Saturday 7th October, at Baginton Village Hall, Warwickshire, postal entries close on Saturday 9th September (postmark) or on-line entries can be made up until midnight on Sunday 17th September.  The judge for the 50th show is Mrs Mari Lackman from Finland, there are a number of special prizes available as well as the normal raffle, refreshments and cake and champagne at the end of the show. There is also time to take out an advert in the Club Show catalogue, which will make a superb souvenir of the 50th show.

The Club also host The Nordic Show, which is the annual show which is unique and open for all Spitz Breeds. This year the show is on Saturday 25th November, at Ryton on Dunsmore, near Coventry, postal entries close on Friday 3rd November (postmark) or on-line entries can be made up until midnight on Sunday 12th November.  The Finnish Spitz judge is breed specialist Miss Abigail Rolfe (Enkelini).

If you require further information about either of these shows please can you contact the Acting Hon. Secretary, Mrs Nicola Croxford Tel: 01823 732839 E-mail: n.croxford@btopenworld.com.

The third show is the Open Show of The Finnish Spitz Society, being held on Saturday 28thOctober, at Corley Village Hall, Coventry, postal entries close on Saturday 7th October (postmark) or on-line entries can be made up until 14th October,  the judge is Mr Tim Ball (Kaitak).  For  further information contact the Secretary, Mr David Rolfe on 01278 423406. The Society is offering pre- ordered breakfast at the show as well as the usual lunchtime refreshments, both excellently organised by Lindsay Morriss.  If you wish to order breakfast and to find out what is on the menu, please E-Mail Lindsay at: treasurer@finnishspitzsociety.co.uk.

All three shows are a great chance to meet other exhibitors and Finnish Spitz, so come along to support and meet friends of our wonderful breed,  I am looking forward to being at all three events.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 25th August 2017

I would like to start off with a mention to last week’s show, Bournemouth, as you know our original judge was Mrs Brenda Williams, Brenda has asked me to pass on her apologies for not being able to judge our breed on the day, and would like to thank all the exhibitors for their entries.

This week saw us visit another part of the country, with a trip to Wales, for the Welsh Kennel Club Championship Show, held at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, which is surrounded by beautiful countryside. We had a mixed day of weather, from bright sunshine to heavy rain, followed by bright sunshine, the show was well prepared with undercover rings for all breeds. We were 3rd in the ring with Norwegian judge Mr Espen Engh, who had and entry of 7 dogs. The Dog CC and BOB was awarded to Robert Greaves’, Champion & Ir Ch Kunniakas Look No Further For Whittimere,(Rigsby),  this was Rigsby’s 35th CC, the Res CC went to David Rolfes’, Puulatva the Red Norseman Among inkivaari. In bitches, the CC was awarded to mine and Angela Cavills’ Champion Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri  (Imp FIN), at 15 months old this was her 6th CC this year,  Best Puppy went to Jo Mansfields’, Yoivo Taia. The Reserve Bitch CC was withheld. Later in the day flying the flag for our breed, Rigsby was Group 3 in the Hound Veteran Group under Viv Phillips.

We now have 2 weeks until our next show with CC’s, which is City of Birmingham, where our judge is Mr Nev Simms who has an entry of 8.

Angela Cavill received some sad news, her great friend Erkki Tuominen has passed away, he was 86.  On Angela’s first visit to Finland, looking for Finnish Spitz souvenirs she discovered one of his books, and by the time he visited  her she had about 14 for him to sign!  His books about Finnish Spitz were a must for everyone, he was also a judge and an honorary member of the Finnish Spitz Club of Finland, he judged our breed once in the UK at Southern Counties Canine Association.  Angela had the honour to go hunting with him, staying in his beautiful country home in Kuhmo, Northern Finland.  I am sure we would all like to pass on our condolences to both Angela and to Erkki’s family and friends.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 18th August 2017

This weekend it was the turn of Bournemouth Championship Show which is held at Pikes Farm, Organford, Poole, for us, living in Somerset, it made a nice change to head in a different direction for a show and instead of mainly motorway we had beautiful countryside for the whole journey. 

On arrival we were greeted with the news that our bred judge Brenda Willliams was unable to fulfil her judging appointment,  our replacement judge was Mr John Clay, who took over the entry of  11 dogs making 12 entries, with 2 absent on the day.

In dogs gaining his 34th CC and BOB was Robert Greaves’, Ch & Ir Ch Kunniakas Look No Further For Whittimere,(Rigsby), the Res CC went to David Rolfes’, Puulatva the Red Norseman Among inkivaari. In bitches, it was a 3rd CC, for a delighted David Knights, when his and John Stokes’ Toveri  Tosca Of Lelaps was awarded the CC, this makes Tosca the 3rd new champion in our breed this year, the Bitch Res CC was awarded to mine and Angela Cavills’ Champion Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri  (Imp FIN), Best Puppy at his second show was Laurence Brown and Karen Thomsons’ Sukunimi  Cuillin, it is great to see and welcome new exhibitors to our wonderful breed.  Flying the flag for Finnish Spitz, later on in the day, Rigsby was shortlisted in the Hound Group, under  Group judge Espen Engh. 

Next week sees the WKC, where  we are showing on Friday, our judge is Espen Engh, where there is an entry of 7 dogs.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 11th August 2017

We were first on at the Houndshow last weekend, with a 9 am start, meant an early start for us, however it was good to travel to the show in glorious sunshine, with any rain holding off until early afternoon, which meant our judging was completed outside. The excellent set up of the showground by the Houndshow committee, and the available facilities in Stafford meant that when the rain did arrive the show continued to run smoothly.  There were 17 dogs making 18 entries, for our breed specialist judge Ellen Baird, with only 2 absent on the day. Ellen awarded the Dog CC and Best Of Breed to Brian and Clare Masters Toveri Teppo By Markku, with the Dog Res CC awarded to David Rolfes’ Puulatva the Red Norseman Among Inkivaari. In bitches the CC was awarded to mine and Angela Cavill’s Champion Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (Imp FIN), who as always was handled by Stuart, the Res CC in bitches went to Adam and Lindsay Morriss’ Enkelini Kuiskas.  Best Puppy at his first show was Brown and Thompsons’ Sukunimi Cuillin, well done to all the winners. We were delighted when later in the day, Emma, was placed second in the Terry Thorn Memorial Junior Stakes class, under judge Ben Reynolds-Frost, with 18 entries, and 11 dogs present.

This coming weekend sees Bournemouth Championship Show, being held at Pikes Farm, Organford, where our judge is Brenda William (Rustins), a breed specialist Brenda has been actively showing, breeding and judging Finnish Spitz for over 30 years, until recently served many years as the Secretary of the Finnish Spitz Club, there are 11 dogs making 12 entries for Brenda.

Lastly this week, I know that you will all join me in wishing David Rolfe, a very happy birthday on the 13th August when he will be celebrating his 80th birthday, I hope you have a lovely day.

 I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-4th August 2017

This weekend sees the Houndshow 2017 Championship show, where our judge Ellen Baird has an entry of 17 dogs, making 18 entries.

A breed specialist, Ellen owned her first Finnish Spitz, Kurikka Bracken, in 1980, who was bred by the late Karl Barron. Ellen applied for and was granted her Affix, Curuadh in 1982, Curuadh meaning Red Dog in Gaelic. Ellen first awarded CC’s to Finnish Spitz, on the 4th August 2001, at that years Hound Show. I look forward to seeing and catching up with everyone there.

The Finnish Spitz Club SGM was held at the Stonehouse Community Centre, Gloucestershire last Saturday. The purpose of the SGM was two-fold, firstly to approve the 2016 Accounts and secondly to increase the number of Committee Members from 8 to 10.

In opening the meeting, the Acting Chair, Robert Greaves, explained to the quorate meeting that the Finnish Spitz Club (FSC) has a very long & illustrious history, and it is important for all lovers of the breed that it continues.  The AGM in April had a number of exceptional challenges which required pragmatism and care in how they were handled. The Club, post AGM, had just 5 of the total of 8 Committee members, which made running the Club somewhat challenging initially. However, a quorate meeting was held in late June and agreement for the co-option of new Committee members taken forward, so that the SGM could be held.

In progressing the Club through this period Robert paid tribute to the former Secretary, Brenda Williams, and former Chair, Carol Wedge, who together with Treasurer, Steve Piearce, steered the Club in an exemplary way, which meant the handover from Brenda and Carol was very easy and smooth, and many breed clubs would be hard pressed to have their paperwork so bang up to date as Brenda had maintained for the FSCs.

The Treasurer, Steve Piearce, went through all of the details of the accounts and these were approved unanimously, as was the appointment of Club auditor.

The second item on the SGM notice was the increase of Committee Members by 2, the Acting Chairman explained that the Committee recognised that with a general all breed open show to organise (the Nordic) , that the FSC was somewhat constrained in getting people involved whilst accepting that accountability & responsibility lay with the Club. After discussion, the change to the rules was approved, the SGM was concluded within 15 minutes.

I am delighted to confirm that arrangements for The Nordic are well in hand and underway for the 2017 show, and schedules should be available at shows from the Houndshow onwards.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 28th July 2017

The Finnish Spitz Club is holding a Special General Meeting on Saturday 29th July, all members are welcome to attend and will have received a copy of the Agenda from Nicola Croxford, Acting Honorary Secretary, he venue is the Stonehouse Community Centre (in The Lounge) GL10 2NS, commencing at 11am.

Angela Cavill has received some very exciting news, she has been asked to judge Finnish Spitz and Best in Show at the 90th Winterdays Show, it will be great to hear all about this next year. Angela has also been asked to be patron of the Hirvi-herra competition (Elk Hunting with Finnish Spitz and Nordic Spitz) which means Angela has been patron of all the top FS & PPK trials in Finland, which is a great honour, many congratulations.  One of the trials to be held on 100th Independence Day has bought 80 of Angela’s books to give to their dog owners, guides and committee.

The Finnish Spitz Society are just finishing putting together their latest newsletter, which all members will hopefully receive during August.

 I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 21st July 2017

I am really pleased to be writing my first breed notes, alongside David Knights who will continue to contribute when time allows in between studying for his nursing exams, I know you will all join me in wishing him well in his career. Together we aim to cover all Finnish Spitz events and welcome any news which you would like us to share with our readers.

As I start writing we are already half-way through the year, currently Ch Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (Imp FIN) is Top Dog and Top Puppy in Breed, Emma is also currently Top Puppy in the Hound Group. Top Breeders at the half-way point is the Toveri affix belonging to Angela and Dave Cavil and Hannah and Rob Thompson.

In case you have missed a couple of show results where Finnish Spitz had Challenge Certificates on offer here is a mini recap. In May, at the Scottish Kennel Club, our judge was Mr Jeff Horswell,  the Dog CC winner, was Toveri Turo Of  Lelaps, owned by  David Knights and John Stokes, this was his 2nd CC, the Reserve DCC was not awarded.  BCC and BOB went to Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (Imp FIN), this was Emma’s 4th CC, however her 1st since reaching the age of 12 months, so  gained her Champion title on the day, at the age of 1 year 13 days, Emma is owned by myself and Angela Cavill, and is handled by Stuart Byrne, the Reserve BCC was awarded to Jo Mansfields’ Ch Sukunimi Kyri of Yoivo. 

Next up was the Finnish Spitz Society Championship Show, which was preceded on the Saturday by the inaugural Finnish Spitz Fun Day, where it sounded a great day was had by all. Our judge on the day was Miss Sue Finnett, who awarded the Dog CC and BIS to Toveri Teppo by Markku, owned by Brian and Clare Masters, this was his 1st CC, the Reserve DCC, RBIS and BVIS was CH/IR CH Kunniakas Look No Further For Whittimere, owned by Robert Greaves. In bitches it was also a first CC for Jo Mansfields’ Yoivo Taia who was also BPIS, the Reserve CC went to CH Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (Imp FIN). It was appreciated by all exhibitors that our judge had brought a sausage as a gift for every exhibit and Hotel Chocolat buttons for first place owners.

Blackpool Championship Show saw Frank Kane judging, he awarded the Dog CC & BOB to Toveri Turo Of Lelaps, owned by  David Knights and John Stokes, this was his 3rd CC, therefore making him the 2nd Finnish Spitz to gain their Champion title in 2017, many congratulations to David and John. The Reserve RDCC was not awarded. In Bitches it was a 2nd CC for Toveri Tosca of Lelaps also owned by David Knights and John Stokes, with the Reserve BCC going to Valokki Kuura owned by Cecily Byard. 

We are very lucky to have Challenge Certificates for our breed at several summer shows starting with the Houndshow on 4th August, followed by Bournemouth, Welsh Kennel Club,  City Of Birmingham and Richmond, hopefully they will be well supported, it is always nice to catch up with friends and hopefully be able to welcome new exhibitors.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-11th January 2019

Here we are in January again, the start of a new year, and the a new year of shows just about to kick off, for us this starts at Manchester Championship Show on Thursday 17th with judge Viv Phillips, where we have our 1st sets of CCs for 2019 on offer.

A start of a new year means a new set of results, the main formal winners from 2018 are always announced at the joint AGMs of the Finnish Spitz Club and Finnish Spitz Society in April, but I can share with you, and I am sure you will join me in congratulating Robert Greaves’s who won overall Top Dog in Finnish Spitz for 2018 with his well-known Ch/IR Ch Kunniakas Look No Further For Whittimere, known to us as Rigsby, he is now a veteran and from five Championship shows he showed at in 2018 , Rigsby was awarded 4 CCs, 4 BOBs, 1 Res CC, also winning the Hound Veteran Group at WKC, which takes his total to 40 CCs, well done to Rigsby and Robert. I will share with you all the winners once these are confirmed.

I look forward to seeing friends and Finnish Spitz enthusiasts during the year where we have classes at Championship and open shows, not forgetting we can represent our breed when we have no classes in the “Not separately classified” classes.

We also have two Discover Dogs opportunities at Crufts in March and in October London plus Spitz in the Park will return in the summer.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-4th January 2019

Myself, Stuart, Jack, Evie and not forgetting our Emma, would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone and their dogs “A Very Happy New Year”.

We are looking forward to catching up with friends at our first Championship Show of the year shortly, with Manchester Championship show being held on January 17th 2019,  entries have  now closed, so I will hopefully be able to share the entry figures with you next week.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-28th December 2018

I write these notes having recently returned home from spending the day at Ladies Kennel Association, where we had an early start as we were on first in the ring at 9am, luckily unlike last year the car park was not thick with snow!

For our last show of 2018 our judge was Mr Ben Reynolds-Frost, who had an entry of 12 dogs, with 3 absent on the day.  Winning the Dog CC and BOB was Ch Sukunimi Haway Geordie, he enjoys living with his owner Linda Anderson and is co-owned with Steve and Alison Piearce, on the day he was shown by Jo Mansfield, winning the Reserve Dog CC was the recently crowned Ch/ Fin Ch Karahkan Fransu To Toveri (Imp FIN) who is owned by Dolores Montgomery and Angela Cavill,  and shown by Stuart Byrne.  In the bitches winning the Bitch CC was mine and Angela’s Ch Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (ImpFIN), also shown by Stuart, with the Reserve CC in awarded to Abigail Rolfe’s homebred Enkelini Toivoa.

I must mention that our breed looked lovely against the blue carpet of the rings which were a generous size, allowing the dogs to show off their movement.

Before we left I picked up my copy of the latest Our Dogs annual which I always enjoy taking the time to look through.  I also collected my Our Dogs diary, which I find so useful as the majority of shows are listed, and I can now add the dates of Jacks’ GCSE exams for 2019!

Just a gentle reminder that in January subscriptions for the Finnish Spitz Club and Finnish Spitz Society are both due.  I am sure that the majority of members pay by Standing Order, however, if you are someone who prefers to pay by cheque please make sure you put it in the post to the relevant Treasurer at the start of January 2019, thank you.

All that is left for me to say to all my readers and their beautiful dogs is Merry Christmas.

Hyvάά ja rauhallista Joulua.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-21st December 2018

I hope some of my Finnish Spitz readers joined me last week in celebrating Finnish Independence Day.  We may live in England but our dog, Emma, was born in Finland and we like to join in the tradition of lighting candles on the 6th December, as is done throughout Finland on this day. We placed two candles in a window along with hanging out lots of blue and white flags. Last year was particularly special as it was the Centenary of Finnish Independence Day.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-14th December 2018

Sadly due to a prior  judging appointment Stuart had we were unable to attend the Nordic show this year, the Nordic show is run by the Finnish Spitz Club, and I am pleased to report that as expected, all went well. This is also the Open Show for the Finnish Spitz Club, and this year our judge was breed specialist Hannah Thompson, who had an entry of 7 dogs, with 3 absentees on the day. Hannah awarded Best of Breed and Best Veteran to Slater and Hardwicks’ Ch Valokki Soren, with Reserve Best of Breed Abbey Rolfes’ Enkelini Toivoa. Following the trend for most of 2018 there were no puppies present, hopefully this will change next year!

This is a unique show, and the only one to my knowledge to schedule all the recognised Spitz breeds in the UK. This year the Best In Show judge was Toni Jackson, who awarded BIS to the Siberiaan Husky, Siberiadrift Keep Forever JW ShCM, with the Canaan dog Anacan Talia My Treasure, RBIS and BVIS. BPIS was a Chow, Janqbu Valentino, with RBPIS, the Vallhund, Tanelis Bloomin Primrose, in veterans RBVIS was the basenji Ch Tokaji California Dreaming.

Please do not forget it is that time of year again for the Finnish Spitz Club to put together their Yearbook, of which our son, Jack, is the editor, so please send any articles you would like included to the e-mail address below, and I will pass them on to Jack, or if easier post to our home address which can be found on the Finnish Spitz Club website, www.finnishspitzclub.com. You can also place adverts in the Year book, which will be in colour, at a cost of £10 per page, as with the articles please either e-mail or send via the post. The deadline for articles and adverts is the 17th December 2018.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-7th December 2018

What a change in the weather this week for walking Emma, my hat and gloves have come out, hopefully I won’t need to wear them every day from now until the spring!

Emma’s puppies are now over 12 weeks old and after having their injections are able to join in the experience of going on walks. One of the advantages in technology today is that the new puppy owners are sharing their adventures with us.  It is lovely to receive video footage and photos of them enjoying the great outdoors and to see them generally playing as they each settle in with their new families. 

Please share with me any walks which you and your four legged friends have been on and can recommend to others. Personally we normally go on local National Trust walks but are now discovering more walks that are open to everyone, we are lucky to live near Glastonbury Tor where the stunning view is well worth the climb!

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-30th November 2018

I have not got LKA numbers yet but I can tell you that at the Nordic Show our judge Mrs Hannah Thompson has an entry of 8.  When you look back at champion show entries this year 8 is very good, also taking into the fact that Hannah is part of the” Toveri” affix this means a lot of dogs which normally go to shows can not enter under their breeder, which unfortunately means our Emma can not go.  The Nordic Show is not only the open show hosted by the Finnish Spitz it is also a show for all Spitz breeds, so come along and watch.  It is on this coming Saturday 24th November at the Sports Connexion CV8 3FL, there are always several trade stands so you could start your Christmas shopping plus a raffle will be held and donations will be gratefully received on the day, refreshments will be available.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-23rd November 2018

Phew hopefully the fireworks season is now all over – well at least until New Year’s Eve!

Today, Sunday, Emma wore her red poppy along with us with pride, the poppies which attach to your coat zip are a great idea and easy to clip onto your dogs’ collar.  I also wear my purple pin poppy badge, which represents all the animals which have served and are still serving in war and conflict zones all over the world. We were proud parents watching on as Evie marched with the Girl Guides and Jack with the Police Cadets.

Jack has asked me to mention that he has started thinking about the 2018 Yearbook he edits for the Finnish Spitz Club. This really helps him as he is currently in his final year of his GCSE’s, which includes ICT.  Jack is looking for articles, so if you have time he would gratefully welcome your input, please can you send them to Jack by Monday 17th December, preferably by e-mail, vbyrne family@hotmail.co.uk. Continuing on from the success of last year, there will be space available for colour adverts, these are £10 per page, and help make the Yearbook, the deadline for adverts is also the 17th December 2018.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-16th November 2018

The Finnish Spitz Society annual open show was held on 27th October in Corley, on the day our judge was breed specialist Felicity Ash who awarded Best in Show and Best Veteran to Hardwick and Irene Slater’s Ch Valokki Soren handled by Irene, with Best Bitch, Best opposite sex and Reserve Best in Show going to Abby Rolfe’s Enkelini Toivoa, also handled by her owner. Steve North handled his dog Toveri Tynni from Markku to Reserve Best Dog, who is co-owned with his wife Zoie, with Reserve Best Bitch being awarded to Irene’s Valokki Tulikki. Sadly as has seemed to be the trend this year there were no puppies entered, hopefully this will change going into 2019 and beyond!

There are two more shows left this year for us, firstly there is the Nordic Open Show (hosted by the Finnish Spitz Club) on Saturday 24th November, where our breed judge is Mrs Hannah Thompson. This is followed in December by the Ladies Kennel  Accociation,  where we have our final set of Challenge Certificates on offer for 2018,  our judge at LKA  is Ben- Reynolds Frost. Hopefully there won’t be snow like there was at both shows in 2017! 

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-9th November 2018

We are recently back home after spending a lovely day at Midland Counties Canine Society, which is held at Staffordshire County Showground.  Today was the 4th day of their 2018 championship show, with the Society celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. We thoroughly enjoyed wandering around the show, watching the judging and doing a spot of shopping at the many trade stands. I picked up my 2019 diary from Our Dogs, where I had to make a big decision which colour to choose, as there was such a wide choice to choose from, purple is my choice for next year!

Inside the venue was beautifully decorated with lots of banners displaying previous best in show winners from the last 50 years hanging from the balconies, and the flowers looked stunning, with their autumn colours and Halloween themed vases, we also spotted several pumpkins around the show.

Whilst we were at the show we were fortunate to be shown around the Margaret Everton Pavilion, which in the shows 50th year has been rebuilt in memory of their President who very sadly passed away in March of this year.  The Pavilion provides an excellent extra space for showing, and has been finished to a high standard.

I am sure I do not have to remind you this coming weekend to expect to hear and see fireworks.  The 5th is on a Monday this year, so no doubt “bangs” will be heard from Friday through to Monday as it seems the celebrations go on longer and longer every year.  Where we live in Somerset it is the start of carnival season the following week so will no doubt see and hear more fireworks over that period! Owning dogs and cats I make sure that there is always one of us at home to look after the pets and distract them from what is going on outside in the sky, and I am sure they won’t say no to a few treats.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-2nd November 2018

We have been lucky enough to have some sunshine this week which is perfect for our puppies who enjoy running around on mini adventures in our garden.  I love nothing more than sitting down with a cup of coffee watching them explore and seeing their reactions as they experience for the first time different sounds and textures on their paws – at eight weeks old now they are using all their senses as they start to encounter the big world outside their puppy pen. 

The puppies were eight weeks old this weekend, meaning at home we are currently having mixed emotions as our puppies start new exciting adventures, as it is time for the next step in their lives.  We will miss them very much but equally we wish their new owners all the best as they too can now enjoy having a Finnish Spitz puppy of their very own and all the joys which come with it, I know we definitely will keep in touch.

Emma is starting to go on longer walks again which we both enjoy and I had better start the housework properly again now, which has been neglected for the last eight weeks, when we’ve had much better ways to spend our rime- with the puppies!!

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-26th October 2018

We have just had The Finnish Spitz Club 51st Breed Championship Show where our judge was Mr Stuart Mallard.  Sadly, the weather was not as good as the previous year, with all judging taking place inside, this worked well with the committee setting up seating around the ring for everyone to have a good view.

On arrival every lady received a pretty boutonniere from the President, Angela Cavill, in memory of Finnish Spitz no longer with us. All exhibitors received a gift, this year something different, a lovely idea of the committee, exhibitors received a beautiful card explaining the money spent on each gift was being donated to the Blue Cross, in memory of all the dogs and other animals that have given their lives during the two world wars and those who are currently working on the front line to this day, I am sure you agree that as this is the 100th year anniversary  of the end of the first World War (1914-1918) it is a great decision and wonderful idea. 

All the dogs present  at the show were not forgotten, they all received a goody bag of bones to take home, and their handlers a bag of miniature scented daffodils, sourced from the world famous John Amand, perfect to be planted in a container, away from your dogs.

I have been advised that the club received several donations towards rosettes and class sponsorship, they would like to thank everyone for their support, in particular David and Dolores Montgomery. 

The rosettes themselves this year were the traditional blue and white ribbons to match the Finnish flag, with thanks to Jannice from Moocraft rosettes as they ere perfect.

On to the judging, Stuart Mallard awarded the Dog CC, Best in Show and Best Veteran in Show to Robert Greave’s Ch/IR Ch Kunniakas Look No Further For Whittimere, this was Rigsby’s 40th CC and I understand at the same show in 2010 he gained his title. Winning the Bitch CC, Reserve Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex was Irene Slater’s Valokki Kastehelmi. The Reserve CC’s were awarded to the recently made up male Ch/Fin Ch Karahkan Fransu To Toveri (IMP) owned by Dolores Montgomery and Angela Cavill, handled as usual by Stuart Byrne,  in bitches, the Reserve CC  was awarded to Ch Toveri Neiti owned by Brian and Clare Masters, this time handled by Brian.

For the 1st time at the Club show there were Special Award Classes scheduled; these were judged separately from the main show with Glenway Dymock being the judge.  Here David Knights and John Stokes won the two classes with Ch Toveri Turo of Lelaps winning Special Award Open Dog and Ch Toveri Tosca of Lelaps winning Special Award Open Bitch,  David also handled them together in the main show to win Best Brace.

There were several items of new stock to purchase, with special thanks to Clare Masters for organising this.

It was nice to see not only the committee working hard but friends and family helping to make sure a pleasant day was had by all.

After everyone enjoyed refreshments and lunch, there was a name the Nalle (teddy), a splendid raffle and a special auction of a limited print painted and donated by Stuart Mallard. David and Angela Cavill kindly provided champagne to end the day in style and a delicious cake with the emblem of the club was donated by Robert Greaves and Nicola Croxford for all to enjoy.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-19th October 2018

We have just had The Finnish Spitz Club 51st Breed Championship Show where our judge was Mr Stuart Mallard.  Sadly, the weather was not as good as the previous year, with all judging taking place inside, this worked well with the committee setting up seating around the ring for everyone to have a good view.

On arrival every lady received a pretty boutonniere from the President, Angela Cavill, in memory of Finnish Spitz no longer with us. All exhibitors received a gift, this year something different, a lovely idea of the committee, exhibitors received a beautiful card explaining the money spent on each gift was being donated to the Blue Cross, in memory of all the dogs and other animals that have given their lives during the two world wars and those who are currently working on the front line to this day, I am sure you agree that as this is the 100th year anniversary  of the end of the first World War (1914-1918) it is a great decision and wonderful idea. 

All the dogs present  at the show were not forgotten, they all received a goody bag of bones to take home, and their handlers a bag of miniature scented daffodils, sourced from the world famous John Amand, perfect to be planted in a container, away from your dogs.

I have been advised that the club received several donations towards rosettes and class sponsorship, they would like to thank everyone for their support, in particular David and Dolores Montgomery. 

The rosettes themselves this year were the traditional blue and white ribbons to match the Finnish flag, with thanks to Jannice from Moocraft rosettes as they ere perfect.

On to the judging, Stuart Mallard awarded the Dog CC, Best in Show and Best Veteran in Show to Robert Greave’s Ch/IR Ch Kunniakas Look No Further For Whittimere, this was Rigsby’s 40th CC and I understand at the same show in 2010 he gained his title. Winning the Bitch CC, Reserve Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex was Irene Slater’s Valokki Kastehelmi. The Reserve CC’s were awarded to the recently made up male Ch/Fin Ch Karahkan Fransu To Toveri (IMP) owned by Dolores Montgomery and Angela Cavill, handled as usual by Stuart Byrne,  in bitches, the Reserve CC  was awarded to Ch Toveri Neiti owned by Brian and Clare Masters, this time handled by Brian.

For the 1st time at the Club show there were Special Award Classes scheduled; these were judged separately from the main show with Glenway Dymock being the judge.  Here David Knights and John Stokes won the two classes with Ch Toveri Turo of Lelaps winning Special Award Open Dog and Ch Toveri Tosca of Lelaps winning Special Award Open Bitch,  David also handled them together in the main show to win Best Brace.

There were several items of new stock to purchase, with special thanks to Clare Masters for organising this.

It was nice to see not only the committee working hard but friends and family helping to make sure a pleasant day was had by all.

After everyone enjoyed refreshments and lunch, there was a name the Nalle (teddy), a splendid raffle and a special auction of a limited print painted and donated by Stuart Mallard. David and Angela Cavill kindly provided champagne to end the day in style and a delicious cake with the emblem of the club was donated by Robert Greaves and Nicola Croxford for all to enjoy.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-12th October 2018

This is a final reminder for the Finnish Spitz Society open show, postal entries have already closed, however, you can still enter on-line, entries will close mid-day on Saturday 13th October at Zooza. The show is being held on Saturday 27th October in Corley, near Coventry CV7 58AZ, when our judge is breed  specialist Mrs Feleicity Ash (Pihlaja).

The Finnish Spitz Club is holding their open show in conjunction with running The Nordic Show, where not only do Finnish Spitz have classes but so do all the Spitz Breeds. This gives us a unique opportunity to learn about the other Spitz Breeds, which we do not normally see as they are not in the Hound group. Postal entries close on Friday 2nd November (postmark) and on-line entries can be made up until midnight on Sunday 11th November at Fosse Data. The judge for Finnish Spitz is another breed specialist, Mrs Hannah Thompson (Toveri). Best in Show, Best Puppy in Show and Best Veteran in Show at the Nordic Show this year  will be judged by Toni Jackson, the show is being held at Ryton on Dunsmore, nr Coventry CV8 3FL. If you would like to steward at this Show, please contact the Hon.Secretary as soon as possible.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-5th October 2018

What gorgeous weather we have been treated to this week and wonderful timing as I have started walking Emma again,  Emma (Ch Kekkeruusin Emma through Toveri (Imp Fin)) has taken a break from shows this summer for maternity leave. This has been an exciting time for all of us, and this very afternoon, Emma and the puppies were visited by a lovely couple who are having one of the puppies. The puppies are now 5 weeks old and have started being adventurous, they are also a great distraction from doing housework!

Due to Emmas’ litter I personally have not been to a show for a while, as I have been looking after Emma and the puppies, however, I am going along to the Club show this coming weekend, 6th October,  post code CV8 3AB, which I am really looking forward to, so please come along and say hello.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-28th September 2018

You might not have entered this year’s Finnish Spitz Club Championship Show, their 51st show, for which entries have recently closed, but you are still welcome to come along on the day. 

It is being held on Saturday 6th October at Baginton Village Hall, CV8 3AB, it is a great chance for you to come along and meet the exhibitors and learn more about our beautiful breed. There will be catering on offer, with plenty of hot drinks and refreshments, a raffle with great prizes and as tradition a boutonniere for each lady -  presented by the Clubs President,  Angela Cavill, in memory of Finnish Spitz no longer with us.

There are still other chances to support our breed later this year, starting with the Finnish Society Spitz Open Show in October, The Nordic Show in November and we have Challenge Certificates on offer in December at LKA.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-21st September 2018

We are all just back from a lovely walk, where I picked some gorgeous blackberries, now to make a crumble to go with them! 

With autumn on the way there are not so many shows to report on, please don’t forget to let me know how you have got on at any open shows you exhibit at. Open shows are always great shows to support, and are good practice for your dogs and yourselves. We may not always have classes but there is generally the “Any Variety Not Separately classified Hound” classes which we can exhibit  our Finnish Spitz in.

The Finnish Spitz Club Championship Show closed for entries this weekend, although you are still welcome to come along on the day, Saturday 6th October, I will pass on entry details once they are available.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-14th September 2018

Whilst flicking through the latest Kennel Gazette (September 18 issue) it was lovely to come across a puppy picture of a Finnish Spitz, a very young Rigsby, (Robert Greave’s , Ch & Ir Ch Kunnikas Look No Further For Whittimere), showing how adorable Finnish Spitz puppies are.  The article is titled “Wanted: 10,000 Puppies”, and highlights the initiative, Generation Pup, which aims to follow thousands of dogs throughout the whole of their lives. If this sparks an interest in you or you know of someone who might like to take an active part with their puppy please contact Gay Robertson, for full details check out the website, www.generationpup.ac.uk.

Richmond Championship Dog Show took place last Friday for exhibitors with hounds. It was pleasing to see an increased entry of 10, compared to the last few shows, for our Finnish judge Kari Jarvinen, there were 3 absent on the day. For the second week running a Finnish Spitz picked up its’ 3rd CC, this time it was Brian & Clare Master’s Toveri Teppo By Markku who won the Dog CC, and gained his title on the day,  with Robert  Greaves wining the Reserve Dog CC with his Ch & Ir Ch Kunniakas Look No Further For Whittimere.  This week it was the Bitch CC winner who won Best of Breed, and rounded off a great day for Brian and Clare ,as this was awarded to their Ch Toveri Neiti. The Reserve Bitch CC winner was Valokki Pipari, owned by Christine Dardis and Alun Green, a repeat of Birmingham last week. Sadly, once again there were no puppy entries, hopefully we will see some out next year.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-7th September 2018

On Friday 31st August it was Hound group day at the City of Birmingham Canine Association where once again we have Challenge Certificates. All showing was inside, where the rings were ready for exhibitors, all were a good size, with green carpeting, which always brings out the lovely colour of our breed.

From the 5 entries, there was just one absent on the day for our judge Mrs Jill Peak, to the delight of Dolores Montgomery and Angela Cavill, the Dog CC with BOB went to their Fin Ch Karahkan Fransu To Toveri (Fin Imp), handled by Stuart Byrne.  This was Fransu’s 3rd CC so he can now add UK Champion to his Finnish Champion title, congratulations to all! I note that Fransu is the fourth dog to gain his UK title this year in our breed.  In the bitches it was good news too for Irene Slater who bred and showed the Bitch CC winner Valokki Kastehelmi, this is her first CC, and who also bred the Bitch Res CC winner Valokki Pipari who is owned by Ms Dardis and Mr Green, there were no puppies entered.

On the day it was Will Croxford’s 21st birthday, Will is  a group steward for all 3 days of the show, we all know Will is a keen supporter of Finnish Spitz with his mum Nicola being the Finnish Spitz Club secretary, I am sure you all join me wishing him a Happy Birthday.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-31st August 2018

The Finnish Spitz Club Championship Show schedule has been out for a little while now, the show takes place on Saturday 6th October at Baginton Village Hall. The main show judge is Stuart Mallard and the Special Award Classes are being judged by Glenway Dymock. There will be a raffle and refreshments. I notice that postal entries close Wednesday 5th September (postmark) with on-line entries being accepted up to midnight on Sunday 16th September at www.fossedate.co.uk.  Breed shows in general are good places to get to meet people who own and love Finnish Spitz, so even if you have not got a dog to enter you are more than welcome to come along for a day out.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-24th August 2018

On Sunday we took a leisurely walk down to the Mid-Somerset Show held in Shepton Mallet, where we watched some different animals being judged, but all still hopeful of winning on the day.  In the main ring were horses and in the side rings were pigs, sheep and cattle. With an opportunity to walk around and look at all the different breeds, it reminded me of Discover Dogs.

Straight on the heels of Bournemouth was Welsh Kennel Club, where we had Challenge Certificates on offer, with Hound day on Friday 17th August.  This time all 3 entries were present, all 3 were males. Our judge was Mrs Erin Brown (from Australia),who I believe was awarding CCs to our breed in the UK for the first time. Mrs Brown awarded the Dog CC & BOB to Robert Greave’s Ch & IR Ch Kunniakas Look No Further, known at home as Rigsby, this was his 39th CC, later on to everyone’s delight  and flying the flag for our beautiful breed, Rigsby won the Hound Veteran Group, the Reserve CC was awarded to David Rolfe’s new Champion Puulatva The Red Norseman Among Inkivaari.

I need to apologise for a typing error in last weeks breed notes on the Bournemouth results, it should have read Dog CC and BOB went to David Rolfe’s Puulatva The Red Norseman Among Inkivaari and Bitch CC to Abigail Rolfe’s Enkelini Toivoa.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 17th August 2018

What is the weather going to be like today? We have been treated to a nice sunny spell, which whilst good means walking first thing and late into the evening, and avoiding all walks from mid-morning to early evening as it is too hot for dogs  LKA in December may be a distant memory, where we were stuck in thick snow, slipping and sliding all over the place!  My point being that we are getting a lot closer to LKA in 2018, having reached well over the half way stage of this year. 

This brings us back to today, Sunday 12th August the day hounds were on at Bournemouth Championship Show., we do have Challenge Certificates on offer; from 3 entries two dogs were present for our judge, Zena Thorn-Andrews. The Dog CC and BOB went to David Rolfe’s The Red Norseman Among Inkivaari (his 3rd and crowning CC ) and Bitch CC to Abigail Rolfe’s Enkelini (her 1st), congratulations to both.

Ourselves, we were busy collecting a whelping box for Emma and preparing a room for her – exciting times ahead!

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes-10th August 2018

The entries for Bournemouth Championship Show on 12th August and Welsh Kennel Club the following Friday 17th August have both now been published, with a disappointing entry of 3 dogs at both shows. For shows where we have Challenge Certificates on offer these are disappointingly low, coupled with the fact that  both shows are held in different parts of the country and this year are on different days of the week , I’m hoping the reason for the reduced entries is that some of our regular  exhibitors are away on holiday? Fingers crossed the entries will pick back up again soon.

Personally we are not able to enter any shows at the moment, as we are hoping to hear the tiny little patter of puppy paws at the end of August!

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 3rd August 2018

I briefly mentioned Spitz in the Park last week, and as promised I have more details to share with you this week!

By the sounds of it, it was a whole weekend of entertainment with the emphasis on having fun and enjoying the dogs and human company.

Among the many activities on offer was the chance to register and take part in Good Citizen testing and also the Spitzlympics! The Finnish Spitz Club were heavily involved on the Saturday, helping to support and run the Companion Show where they had invited Angela Cavill to judge the pedigree classes and David Cavill the novelty classes, it was good to see that both sections of the Companion Dog Show were well supported, and everything ran smoothly.

I must also mention the evening entertainment which featured supper and a pub style quiz, I am reliably informed a laugh was had by all the ten teams which took part, with in true Spitz in the Park tradition, prizes on offer for the 1st and last placed teams. Stuart and Evie certainly  enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to going again next year! I will make sure I let everyone know in plenty of time the 2019 weekend date.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 27th July 2018

As I sit down to write these notes Stuart and Evie are on their way to the ever popular “Spitz in the Park” event which takes place on the 21/22nd July at Padworth Village Hall, Nr Reading, I will be able to give details on how all the activities went next week!

I am sure you have all read the articles on the new Breed Education Co-ordinator (BEC) role, and I was impressed to read that 180 breeds have already appointed BECs. For Finnish Spitz our chosen BEC is Angela Cavill, who has already attended the first BEC meeting run by the Kennel Club, which was held at Stoneleigh. I know from speaking to Angela, the meeting was very informative, with her work as a BEC already starting with Angela compiling questions and a list of possible mentors for the breed, if you are interested please contact  Angela. I personally feel this role is a big positive in supporting the development and education of judges.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 20th July 2018

The alarm clock was set for an early start for Stuart and Evie who went to the 56th Houndshow Championship Show, I was able to have a lay in as I stayed at home to look after Emma!

For the second year we were on first which meant judging for us started at 9am, the main positive of this is that our dogs could travel when the weather was still cool and I have got to say I was impressed that during the week leading up to the show the committee of the Houndshow made the decision that all showing would take place inside due to the sustained hot spell of weather we are currently having, with the help of Facebook and word of mouth to spread this news, exhibitors who might have been concerned and put off coming were put at ease.

Our Judge was breed specialist Mrs Linda Anderson who had an entry of 11 with just one absent on the day. Linda awarded the Dog Challenge Certificate his 2nd CC along with BOB to Dolores Montgomery and Angela Cavill’s Finnish Ch Karahkan Fransu to Toveri (Fin Imp), handled by Stuart Byrne, the Bitch CC, also her 2nd CC, was Jo Mansfield’s Yoivo Taia, handled by her breeder/owner Jo.  The Reserve Dog CC went to Steve and Alison Piearce’s Era Jarhen Turo At Sukunimi (Fin Imp), handled as always by Steve, who was also Best Puppy,  and the Reserve Bitch CC went to Ms Christine Dardis and Mr Alun Green’s Valokki Sampo, handled by her breeder Irene Slater,  it’s interesting to note that on the day both the winning males were Finnish Imports.

I enjoyed looking through the catalogue when Stuart and Evie arrived home, as there are many adverts from exhibitors of the exhibits which won at the Houndshow in 2017, which I know takes a great deal of work on behalf of the Houndhshow, by Viv Phillips, to encourage exhibitors, but  I feel  it is well worth it.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 13th July 2018

This coming weekend sees the Houndshow Championship Show, which is earlier than its traditional date of the last weekend in July. The Show is on Saturday 14th July at its usual venue in Staffordshire, the entry is 11 for our judge, breed specialist, Linda Anderson.

The critiques from The Society Championship Show are both available to read, the main show which was judged by Gavin Robertson and the Special Award Classes judged by Clare Masters, I personally feel it is always especially nice to read the critiques when the show is still fresh in your mind.

The last thing I want to do is wish our summer away, however, I’ve got a couple of dates for your diary where schedules are out now, the Finnish Spitz Club Championship Show which is on Saturday 6th October where our judge is Stuart Mallard and the Nordic Open Show being held on Saturday 25th November, which is the Open Show of the FSC also, and where Finnish Spitz classes will be judged by Hannah Thompson.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 6th July 2018

I do believe our summer has firmly arrived,  I have been enjoying early morning walks with Emma and evening walks with Stuart and Emma when the weather is cooler, if timed correctly there have been some gorgeous sunsets to witness.

I would like to thank Robert for details from Blackpool Championship Show, which was held last weekend the 23rd June.  The showground is so easy to find from the M6, and it was a pity, as seems to have been the case over the last few years, that there were not more Finnish Spitz entered, under our judge Keith Thornton, who has shown interest and judged our breed over many years, and this being the last year we have CCs on offer at Blackpool. That said I do understand the entry will have been affected by there not being many Finnish Spitz in the area, and bitches being in or due in season.

The dog CC, his 38th, was awarded to Robert Greaves’ Ch & Ir Ch Kunniakas Look No Further for Whittimere who was also Best of Breed. Making the long trip from Somerset worthwhile, winning a 1st Reserve Dog CC was Zoie and Steve Norths’ Toveri Tynni From Markku.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 29th June 2018

As promised here is my detailed report from last weekend, which started off with the Finnish Spitz Fun Day, run by the Finnish Spitz Society on Saturday 16th June.  Where there was the chance for dogs to try their paws on the agility equipment and do a bit of ring craft training. It sounds like lots of fun was had by all, dogs and humans alike, I know the Society plan on doing it again next year, so do try and go along and check it out.

Then onto Sunday it was the main event, the 37th Championship Show of The Finnish Spitz Society, which started with Lindsay Phillips cooking breakfast which was just what was needed after an early start from home. You could choose anything from bacon and egg sandwiches, or a variety of omelettes, all washed down with a cup of tea or coffee.

The show started promptly at 10.30am with the three Special Award Classes, which were judged by Mrs Clare Masters. The aim of these classes is to help support up and coming new judges, giving them the opportunity of judging what is traditionally a good sized entry, and this year was no exception, with an entry of 18 dogs across the 3 Special Award classes, Clare also judged the Junior Handling where she awarded Best Junior Handler to Ellen Hack.

Our judge for the Championship Show was Mr Gavin Robertson (Soletrader), Gavin had an entry of 31 dogs plus 4 NFC, there were no puppies entered but all the other classes had exhibits. Winning his first CC in this country was Fin Ch Karahkan Fransu To Toveri (Imp Fin), he is owned by Mrs Dolores Montgomery and Mrs Angela Cavill and handled in the ring by Stuart Byrne, Fransu went on to win RBIS and BOS. Winning his first Res CC, at what I believe was his first show, was Valokki Sibbe owned by Tanya and Mark Cherry and handled by Mark.

We now had a break for lunch and once again Lindsay put on a lovely buffet and Abby produced one of her show stopping cakes, which was appreciated by everyone.

Bitch judging started after lunch, and the good news was that the rain stayed away for the afternoon, meaning that all judging could take place outside. It was nice to see Hannah handling Ch Toveri Tuula owned by herself and husband Rob and Angela Cavill win the Bitch CC and later go on to win Best in Show, the Bitch Res CC was Valokki Pipari owned by Christine Dardis and Alun Green and handled by her breeder Irene Slater.

The rosettes looked splendid, with the stunning ribbon colours of emerald green and gold, the Societies’ new cup steward, Mrs Zoie North, was on hand to award the trophies from today’s show and also the annual awards from 2017.

A lovely touch to mark that the show took place on Father’s Day was a thoughtful present for every dog or human dad that were present on the day, Stuart was very pleased to take home his bottle of Finlandia Blackcurrant Vodka!

Prize money was awarded in all classes for 1st to 3rd place, with specials on offer for all placed dogs, with Evie on hand to hand out gift wrapped doggy bone treats. I know Evie herself was delighted with her gift bag presented to her for her hardwork throughout the day, and would like to thank the committee for the sweets and especially the Finnish Spitz keyring they gave her, which she has already added to her collection of key rings.

On a final note it was lovely to see Jean Brown at the Show, Jean is well known in our breed and she came to watch the show, and kindly brought along a gift for the oldest Dog and Bitch entered in the Show.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 22nd June 2018

It is Sunday evening and I am back home from a thoroughly enjoyable day at the Finnish Spitz Society Championship Show, as it’s late I will only share with you the winning dogs this week.

The judge was Gavin Robertson (Soletrader), the Bitch CC and Best in Show was Ch Toveri Tuula, who is owned by Hannah and Rob Thompson and Angela Cavill, handled as always by Hannah, the Dog CC and Res BIS was Finnish Ch Karahkan Fransu to Toveri  who is owned by  Dolores Montgomery and Angela Cavill, and was handled by Stuart Byrne.

Please excuse me not doing a full report due to being tired, there is so much to share from the show and I do not want to miss anything, so my full report will be in next weeks’ edition.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 15th June 2018

This coming weekend, the 16/17th June, is one where you can meet lots of Finnish Spitz, their owners and friends.

As I have previously mentioned The Finnish Spitz Society are holding a Fun Day on the Saturday (16th) and on the Sunday (17th) it is their 37th Championship Show. Both events are at Corley Village Hall, CV7 8AZ with judging starting at 10.30 on the Sunday, our first judge is Clare Masters who is judging the 3 Special Award classes, followed after a short break, will be the Championship show which will be judged by Gavin Robertson (Soletrader), where he has an entry of 31 Finnish Spitz (3NFC).

Once again Lindsay Morriss is in charge of the refreshments which are always extremely tasty and go down well, with a fantastic selection available for us to choose from.  There will also be an annual draw on offer where you get a chance to win a prize, plus the Society will have a stall selling various Finnish Spitz related items.

I notice that we have just 2 dogs entered at Blackpool, 23rd June, this is a shame, especially as this follows the above entry at the Society Show, let’s hope that after an enjoyable day at the Society Show our entry numbers will increase for shows across the remainder of this year and into next!

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 8th June 2018

The entries for the Finnish Spitz Society Championship Show have recently closed, and I will share the entry details wwith you when available, however, even if you’re not entered you are still welcome to come along and watch, also don’t forget the Fun day which is being held the day before at the same venue, making the 16th and 17th June a weekend to enjoy and celebrate our beautiful breed. 

Another great opportunity to enjoy our breed along with most of the other Spitz breeds is the weekend of Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd July 2018, when Spitz in the Park will be taking place at Padworth Village Hall, near Reading, the post code is RG7 4HY. This event  is held in aid of the Animal Health Trust and includes a Companion Dog Show with Pedigree and Novelty classes. The Finish Spitz Club is very happy to be involved this year, one of the highlights on the Saturday is the Companion Dog Show where the Pedigree classes will be judged by the Finnish Spitz Club’s President, Angela Cavill,  and the Novelty classes judged by David Cavill. On Sunday you can take part in Spitzlympics and there is also going to be a police dog demonstration. For full details of all activities, including how to book, plus venue details – please check out the website page,  www.spitzinthepark.co.uk.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 1st June 2018

I would like to start off by wishing all my readers a Happy Bank Holiday weekend, hopefully it will be dry and full of sunshine, but either way it is nice to have a mini break.

After a run of shows over the last few weeks I have no new results to share, though last Monday we had non CC classes at Bath, and Friday is Hound day at Southern Counties where we also have classes, but no CCs on offer. I am hopefully coming along to watch at Bath, however if I can not make Bath I will definitely be at Southern Counties where I hope to catch up with many of you.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 25th May 2018

Breed specialist David Rolfe had an entry of 7 dogs making 7 entries on Sunday 20th May at the Scottish Kennel Club Show, with two absent on the day. Many congratulations to the Dog CC and Bitch CC winners who both subject to Kennel Club Confirmation are new Champions, first off is the Dog which along with his 3rd CC was also BOB, Pettukangas Karu For Toveri (Imp FIN), who was imported from Finland, and is owned and handled by Dolores Montgomery. The Bitch CC winner was Valokki Kuura owned and shown by Cecily Byard, the Bitch Reserve CC was awarded to Jo Mansfield’s Ch Sukunimi Kyri Of Yoivo. The Reserve Dog CC was not awarded.

Bath is holding their Championship Show over the Bank Holiday weekend with Southern Counties Canine Association the Friday after, at both shows we do not have Challenge Certificates, although both schedule classes, as is the case for Windsor which is on Thursday 28th June, where you can still enter online until midday 31st May.

I mentioned last week that the Finnish Spitz Society are holding their annual Fun Day the day before their Championship Show. The Fun Day is on 16th June starting at 1pm, you can have a go at agility, there is going to be a village walk, various dog games, have your dog’s photo taken, a chance to meet and learn more about our breed plus food and drink will be available. All are welcome, for further details including places to stay overnight please contact Abby Rolfe at zapcat@gmail.com.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 18th May 2018

Emma was spoilt this week as it was her 2nd Birthday on Bank holiday Monday, she was delighted with her new football, not very “girly” but a firm favourite toy.  We were originally planning a day out to Montacute with Emma but as it was extremely hot we decided against a car journey and stuck to our local park which is in walking distance and looks quite stunning at the moment with several trees in blossom and other plants coming into bloom.

Later in the week it was time for hound day at Birmingham National, which was on Friday 11th May, where our judge Albert Wight had an entry of 9 dogs making 9 entries, 3 were absent on the day. This year we were benched in one of the annexes with an inside ring, winning her 10th CC and BOB was mine and Angela Cavills’Ch Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (Fin Imp), who was handled as usual by Stuart, with the Reserve Bitch CC going to Brian and Clare Masters ‘ Ch Toveri Neiti. In the dogs, the Challenge Certificate was awarded to David Rolfes’ Puulatva the Red Norseman Among Inkivaari, this was his 2nd CC, with the Res Dog CC going to Brian and Clare Masters’ Toveri Teppo by Marku, there were no puppies present.

The Finnish Spitz Society schedules are now out with entries closing Saturday 26th May (postmark) or online entries accepted up to midnight 3rd June at Arena Print. The show is on Sunday 17th June with Mr Gavin Robertson judging the Championship Show and Mrs Clare Masters judging the special classes.  The Society are holding a fun day the day before and I will share more details when they become available.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 11th May 2018

We have two shows with challenge certificates on offer for us in May, first up is Birmingham National on Friday 11th May where our judge Albert Wight has an entry of 9 dogs making 9 entries.

This is followed by the Scottish Kennel Club show where hound day this year is the Sunday, the 20th May, our judge there is breed specialist David Rolfe who has an entry of 7 dogs making 7 entries.

It will be interesting to see if the shows attract different dogs as they are held many miles apart.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 4th May 2018

What a difference a week can make in the weather, last week I wrote about looking after your dogs in the heat and this week I have got my winter wardrobe back out!

West of England Ladies Kennel Society (WELKS), held at Three Counties Showground, Malvern, saw hound day on Saturday 28th April, where breed specialist, Stuart Byrne, was our judge, therefore I could not enter Emma. So after arranging for our son Jack to head off on his bronze Duke of Edinburgh award expedition, I was able to come along and watch.  It always feels strange not having a dog at a show but at the same time enjoyable in a different way, I could stroll around the various stalls, catch up and talk leisurely to friends and more importantly watch the judging of Finnish Spitz plus other breeds throughout the day.

There was an entry of 13 dogs making 15 entries, there were 2 absentees, and one dog withdrawn from competition on the day. Stuart awarded the Dog CC, his 2nd, to Dolores Montgomerys’ Pettukangas Karu For Toveri  (Imp FIN), and the Res Dog CC to Steve and Alison Piearces’ Era Jarrhen Turo At Sukunimi (Imp FIN), who was at his first show, and was also awarded Best Puppy. In Bitches the CC went to Clare and Brian Masters veteran Ch Toveri Neiti, with the Res CC awarded to Cecily Byards’ Valokki Kuura.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 27th April 2018

What lovely weather we have been lucky to have this week, we have been making the most of the lighter evenings and enjoying some nice walks. I am sure I do not have to remind you to check your dogs for ticks and of course make sure they are not getting to hot, yesterday when we went on a lovely walk to Shearwater, we took a rucksack out with us so we could carry a bowl and bottle of water for Emma and not forgetting some water for ourselves!

Last Sunday, the 15th April was the 83rd Annual General Meeting of the Finnish Spitz Club, at what has become custom over the last few years this was held jointly with the Finnish Spitz Society, several people are members of both so having them back to back on the same day makes sense. The Club would like to especially thank Steve Piearce for all his hard work, dedication and commitment to the Club over the last twenty years, at the AGM Steve stepped down from being treasurer, a role he carried out for an impressive 17 years, and before that was involved as a committee member, we look forward to continuing to see Steve and Alison at future shows.

Two events for your diaries are the breed Championship Shows, first up is the Society show which is being held on Sunday 17th June, our judge is Gavin Robertson, the Club Show is on Saturday 6th October and our judge is Stuart Mallard.  Both breed Shows are lovely days out, even if you don’t enter please come along and support the shows, refreshments will be available along with a raffle and it is always a great place to meet enthusiastic friends of our breed.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 20th April 2018

On Saturday 7th April I was lucky enough to attend a very different show, the Contest of Champion Showdogs, which  was held at The Holiday Inn, Birmingham.  I went along to support Stuart who was handling mine and Angela Cavills’ Emma, Ch Kekkeruusin Emma Through Toveri (IMP FIN).  It was a lovely experience seeing 64 of the top winning dogs of 2017, representing a wide cross section of different breeds, in a unique Knock-out competition.  This event is hosted by the Canine Supporters Charity who raises funds for the welfare of dogs and it was a very enjoyable afternoon and evening, making new friends, watching the show, having a 3 course meal before the final round and taking part in an auction, which helped make a fabulous amount of money. Emma as ever enjoyed herself, and did herself and our beautiful breed proud on the night.

Out next show with Challenge Certificates is almost upon us, West of England Ladies Kennel Society (WELKS).  This show is slightly more South than some of our usual venues, being held at Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, Hound Group day this year is on Saturday 28th April.  Our judge is breed specialist Stuart Byrne, therefore I can’t enter Emma, but hopefully I will be coming to spectate and watch the entry of 13 dogs making 15 entries.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 13th April 2018

Angela (Cavill) is now back from Finland and the ‘Winterdays’ weekend, consisting of the AGM of the Spitz Club of Finland on the Saturday and the Breed Club Championship Show on the Sunday. As usual, Angela was invited to make a speech at the AGM as an Hon member and had great fun afterwards at the dinner and dance. On the Sunday she had the honour of judging the Finnish Spitz at the start of the Club’s year of celebrating its 80 years of existence.

A record number of 81 Finnish Spitz were entered. The show was held outside in minus degrees with the odd snow flurry but Angela says that outside is, in her opinion, good for seeing the dogs at their best. She earned ‘brownie points’ for not wearing gloves and for giving her critique to both ring secretary and the crowd round the ring in Finnish!

Angela has been going to the ‘Winterdays’ for 30 years and first judged there in 1996. She says that she has seen many changes since then.  A few years ago she says she was a little concerned about the overall quality of the Finnish Spitz but at the show this year she felt that as well as the beautiful quality of the older dogs the youngsters showed great promise for the future. Her placings were received with enthusiasm and loud applause and there was a great atmosphere around the ring. BOB and later BIS was the bitch Fin Ch Kekkeruusin Vellamo, Best Dog Fin Ch Soidinsalo Hurmuri, while Best Dog 3, Näätämiehen Luoti won the CC which made him a Champion.  Best Veteran was Multi Ch Siiwekään Rene (who came over to the UK 2 years ago and was pulled out in the last 8 of the Hound Group at Crufts and stayed to add a UK Ch title to his many others).

A full report  appeared in the International section of Our Dogs last week, which included photos, if you’ve still got your copy I would recommend having a read.

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.

 

Finnish Spitz Breed Notes- 6th April 2018

I would like to wish everyone and your dogs a Very Happy Easter, remember however longingly they look at you don’t give in and share your Easter Eggs with them , they are always better off with a dog treat!

I welcome any news, either on shows or on our breed in general, Karen Byrne, vbyrnefamily@hotmail.co.uk or telephone  07792721974.