Messukeskus Helsinki 16–17 Dec 2023

Finland's biggest dog event

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Poletaeva Irina


I got my first dog at the age of 11, it was an Airedale Terrier named Darling. This bitch had two litters in 1976 and 1978. In 1978, I imported my first Miniature Schnauzer from Czechoslovakia. I’ve bred black and silver, pepper and salt, and black Miniature Schnauzers under prefix Tmavi Knir. During these years, we have bred more than 70 champions and also dogs that have won the World Winner title. In 2011, I got the golden badge of honour of the Finnish Schnauzer Pinscher Club. In 2013, I was awarded with the Finnish Kennel Club’s Vuolasvirta prize for merited breeders. I've also had a German Shepherd, an East-European Shepherd, and Dobermanns.

I became a dog show judge in 1980 and an all-breed judge in 2013. I’ve judged on different continents, in 35 different countries in total.

Judges following breeds

Voittaja 2023 - SU 17.12.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Black Russian Terrier
Ciobanesc Romanesc de Bucovina
Dogo Canario
Italian Cane Corso
* Lagotto Romagnolo JUN 4.12.2023
Majorca Mastiff
* Saint Bernard Dog, Long-haired 4.12.2023
* Saint Bernard Dog, Short-haired 4.12.2023
Tibetan Mastiff
Treeing Walker Coonhound

Helsinki Winner 2023 - LA 16.12.

Bull Terrier
German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherd Dog, long and harsh outer coat
Miniature Bull Terrier