Messukeskus Helsinki 2–4 Dec 2022

Finland's biggest dog event

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Talvitie Marja

Marja Talvitie

I have spent my whole life with dogs. My parents had German Shepherds and later also long-haired St. Bernards. When I moved away from home, I got myself a Lapponian Herder. I bred Lapponian Herders from 1966 to 1998 under the prefix Toiskan. Many dogs from my kennel were champions, and many of them also worked in Lapland as reindeer herding dogs. I also had Finnish Lapponian Dogs for many years. Terriers stepped into the picture when we moved to Helsinki in 1984. First the Scottish Terrier, which I bred a few litters of. I got my first Dandie Dinmont Terrier in 1986 and have bred this breed together with my daughter under the prefix Winterway's. We have exported Dandies to the USA, Italy, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, England and Portugal. I have also had two Bouvier des Flandres from the Netherlands and have bred one litter in this breed as well. I became a judge in 1982 and am today an all-breed judge. I have judged all over Europe as well as in Australia, Mexico, Chile, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Costa Rica, the Philippines and Canada. I have served in many positions of trust and in committees of the Finnish Kennel Club, amongst others as a member of the Board from 1996 to 2006. During that time, I was also a member of the Show and Judges Committee in both the Finnish Kennel Club and the FCI.

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