Annukka Paloheimo’s interest in dogs started as a teenager in the 70’s. The traditional career path has included more than 40 years of breeding and showing. Annukka’s kennel Anncourt specialised in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and King Charles Spaniels. The merits of her kennel include more than 60 national and international champions as well as the Finnish Kennel Club’s Vuolasvirta prize for merited breeders. Annukka got her judging license in 1986, and the systematic learning process under the guidance of star judges of the time – Hans Lehtinen, Rainer Vuorinen and Kari Järvinen – began. Annukka became an FCI All Breed Judge in 2010, nearly 10 years ago. After this, Annukka focused less on breeding. Her background as a breeder gives however a solid foundation for understanding the challenges of breeders and exhibitors and the expectations they have towards a judge. Researching financial management and managing her own company still sets limits for Annukka’s interest in dogs. Annukka’s children are already grown up, so she fills her free time with judging appointments, mostly in Europe and in Asia. Her judging experience covers almost 50 countries. Membership in The Kennel Club in the UK and Annukka’s years spent in the country have contributed to her judging career further, and her many appointments in the UK have been very pleasant. Annukka has officiated in four FCI World Winner (WDS) shows, the most prestigious canine event in the world, latest being WDS in Amsterdam. She has also had the honour of judging Best in Show at her home show, the Finnish Winner Show, in 2016. Judging appointments at the Winner Show are always pleasant, both in the breed rings as well as in the final rings. The nature, walks in the forest, horses and riding as well as aesthetic pleasures – opera and visual arts – gives Annukka her best moments in life. Nothing however beats dogs and dog shows!