Messukeskus Helsinki 2–4 Dec 2022

Finland's biggest dog event

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Poletaeva Irina

Irina Poletaeva

I am born and have spent the most part of my life in Russia, Leningrad (today Saint Petersburg). My mother worked as a veterinarian. Her family got their first German Shepherd long before World War II. You could probably say that my love for dogs is genetic. My first dog was an Airedale Terrier bitch, which I got in 1973. My first Miniature Schnauzer – Aki Klepac – was imported from Czechoslovakia in 1978. She became my first brood bitch in the Tmavi Knir kennel, which is the oldest Miniature Schnauzer kennel in Russia and the former countries of the Sovjet Union. In addition to German Shepherds, Airedale Terriers and Miniature Schnauzers, we also had my husband's Dobermanns.

In 1980, I became a judge for both dog shows and trials. I have been Chair of the Schnauzer Club in Saint Petersburg and Chair of the Show Committee for the “Schnauzer Show”. I have been awarded with multiple prizes and badges of honour for my work as a breeder and judge. In 1998 I was named as an Honorary Member of the Saint Petersburg working dog club and in 1999, I published the first book of Miniature Schnauzers written in Russian. We moved to Finland in 2000. During the time we have lived in Finland, a Tmavi Knir black and black & silver Miniature Schnauzer has won the title of the most winning dog of the year 12 times. In 2011 I was awarded with the Finnish Schnauzer-Pinscher club's Golden Badge of Honour. During these years, we have bred more than 70 champions and World Winners. I was awarded with the Finnish Kennel Club's Vuolasvirta prize for merited breeders in 2013. The Finnish Kennel Club appointed me as an all-breed judge in the beginning of 2013.

Judges following breeds

Helsinki Winner 2022

Australian Shepherd
Basset fauve de Bretagne
Finnish Hound

Voittaja 2022

Best Veteran
Iceland Sheepdog
Russkaja Tsvetnaja Bolonka
Yakutian Laika

Pohjoismaiden Voittaja 2022