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Thursday, 07 March 2013

Helsinki & Finnish Winner Shows

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Every fifth Household in Finland has a dog. For many Finns, their dog is not only a member of their family, but a whole lifestyle with shows, training, sports trials and being involved in canine clubs locally or nationally. Agility, hunting and obedience training are among the most popular activities besides attending dog shows. Over 145,000 enthusiasts took part in different trials in the year 2011. Finnish Kennel Club is very active in promoting responsible dog ownership and proud to announce that out of 600,000 dogs in Finland about 450,000 are purebred.

A world record for the largest FCI one-day show was set by the Finnish Kennel Club on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Helsinki Winner International Dog Show that had entry of a little over 7,500 dogs and broken on Sunday December 9 at Finnish Winner International Dog Show with entry of over 8,100 dogs that competed in conformation rings for the prestigious titles. 

The handpicked international panel of 130 judges from 29 different countries worked in 104 spacious rings laid out in seven huge halls of the Helsinki Expo Center. The show was supported by work of over 300 volunteers and overall headcount of workers involved in various aspects of organising and running these shows exceeded 1,000. Shows in Finland are famous for its great organization and December shows have this amazing holiday season spirit – it is the place to be and talk about! The only problem that organisers themselves could not fix was the strong snow storm that covered Europe by a thick white blanket. Airports in Frankfurt, Budapest and Amsterdam were shut down and several judges were late getting to the show.

 

Dog loving Finns

 

Every fifth household in Finland has a dog. For many Finns, their dog is not only a member of their family, but a whole lifestyle with shows, training, sports trials and being involved in canine clubs locally or nationally. Agility, hunting and obedience training are among the most popular activities besides attending dog shows. Over 145,000 enthusiasts took part in different trials in the year 2011. The Finnish Kennel Club is very active in promoting responsible dog ownership and proud to announce that out of 600,000 dogs in Finland about 450,000 are purebred.

 Last year the Finnish Kennel Club launched a unique open information depository, which allows users to examine pedigree charts, dog health statistics, inbreeding coefficients, trial and show results as well as up-to-date statistics on the amount of registered dogs and dog import numbers. The system displays information like dog registration dates and shows a dog's owner and breeder if these parties have granted their permission for revealing this data. The breeding database also allows users to look up dogs using the ID marking as a search parameter. This is helpful in cases involving lost dogs, especially if the owner has permitted his or her name to be displayed in the dog's ownership details. A dog's information sheet can display a notification of its death if the owner has updated this information via the Finnish Kennel Club member service Omakoira. This provides data on the longevity of different breeds.  Changes logged via the Omakoira service or by the Finnish Kennel Club are updated into the system immediately. This applies to, among other things, registrations, ownership changes, Champion and other titles as well as health examinations, says Jaana Haarni, who is in charge of the KoiraNet project.

 On Saturday the Helsinki Winner 2012 title was awarded in each breed to the Best of Breed and Best Opposite Sex. The title of Helsinki Junior Winner 2012 was awarded to the Best Junior Dog and Bitch and Best Veteran Dog and Bitch were awarded title of Helsinki Veteran Winner 2012.  BOB and BOS winners in each breed at Finnish Winner show on Sunday were awarded title of Winner 2012 and Junior and Veteran Winner titles were awarded to junior and veteran class winners.  Dogs that were awarded Winner 2012 and Junior Winner 2012 titles were also qualified for Crufts 2013 or 2014.

 

Top dogs

 

December is the perfect time to sum up the achievements  of  the  passing  year,   so   on  Sunday  Finnish Kennel Club celebrated its top competitors in the show ring. This year the Top Dog award was split between two dogs that finished the show season with equal number of points, Smooth Fox Terrier, Texforrier Get Off My Cloud, owned by Molli Nyman, Sari Laitinen and Jan Campbell and Afghan Hound, Agha Djari’s Blue Blood, owned by Mikko Ylitalo, Arja Hirvelä and Cela Ståhlberg. Top Veteran of 2012 became the Schnauzer, Chivas Grand Calvera, owned by Anne Mäkimaa. Top Kennel of 2012 is a true example of international collaboration and friendship – The American Cockers from the Very Vigie Kennel are well known all over the world.

 On the same weekend Finnish Kennel Club also organised Obedience Nordic Championships judged by chief judge Carina Savander-Ranne (Finland), Anne Nokelainen (Finland), Bjørn Ivar Svendsen (Norway), Erhard Jørgensen (Denmark) and Lars-Göran Gustafsson (Sweden). Top honours went to Katja Kiviaho who represented Finland with her Border Collie Tending Airborne. Team competition was won by the Finnish team.

 Large international shows in Finland are not just the opportunity to showcase the dogs in conformation rings. The Finnish Kennel Club also organises regular education for breeders, breeding counselors of breed associations, trainers and general public. Educational programs provide information on breeding and wellbeing of dogs. Finnish Kennel Club also produces educational material on dog breeding, genetics and training and socialising dogs.  It instructs breeders, dog owners and buyers of puppies to seek out information on the wellbeing, breeding and buying of dogs from breed associations and, with the aid of experts from various fields, educates these associations and their representatives on how to realise this task. Club keeps in contact with researchers and veterinarians to maintain its knowledge and competence in matters related to dog breeding.  Significant new research findings, which have an impact on the breeding selections of breeders, and breeding guidelines will be communicated to breed associations and published on the forums of Finnish Kennel Club.

 Because of the snow storm Hungarian all-rounder Tamas Jakkel arrived to Finland only two hours before stepping into the main ring to select the most beautiful dog of Helsinki Winner show. His final line-up included the following: Fourth place went to Sirkka Laasasenaho’s Scottish Terrier Quaint O'my Jacquot; Third was Susanna & Ari Neva’s Samoyed, Talvituuli Peaceful Pearl.  Reserve Best in Show went to Veronica Lange’s & Maria Borg’s Affenpinscher Velvet Dandy's Dartanjang that travelled to this show from Sweden. The Best in Show title went to the Portuguese Water Dog Light My Fire Da Pedra Da Anixa owned by Laura Browne & Isabel Santos. Harry and his handler Marta Flores travelled to Finland from Portugal.

 Day two of the show weekend was almost the same – just a few more dogs and more crowded hallways.  Traditionally in Finland Saturday is a day to spend at home, but on Sunday many came to the Helsinki Expo Centre to see dogs, as a matter of fact the overall number of visitors who came to see the dogs reached a  hefty 30,000 over two days. The Best in Show judge at the Finnish Winner Show was the Finnish Judge Johan Juslin who entered the Main Ring singing Frank Sinatra’s I Did It My Way accompanied by the live band that since last year earned the trust of the dog owners who at first were a little cautious about live music in the Main Ring. 

The fourth place in the BIS line-up went to the Portuguese Water Dog, Light My Fire Da Pedra Da Anixa owned by Laura Browne & Isabel Santos. Third in the finalists line-up was  the Spitz, Loukkaharjun Lapin Ukko owned by Arvo & Päivi Silomäki. Runner-up was the Smooth Fox Terrier, Texforrier Get Off My Cloud owned by Molli Nyman, Sari Laitinen & Jan Campbell.

Mr Juslin awarded the Best in Show winner title to the Lhasa Apso, Chic Choix Cleopatra Eurydice, owned by Piia Helistölä-Laurila. This bitch represented Finland at Eukanuba World Challenge held just a week after her triumph in Helsinki. Second year in a row        the BIS title at this most prestigious show in Scandinavia went to the Chic Choix Lhasa Apso – the breeder Juha Kares was on cloud nine – happiness well deserved for many years of dedication to the breed and hard work.

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