Messukeskus Helsinki 2–4 Dec 2022

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Häkkinen Erika

Erika Häkkinen

My name is Erika Häkkinen and I became a dog show judge in 2014. My breeds are the American Akita and the Akita. At the moment I have one Akita at home. I have bred American Akitas in a small scale under the kennel name Great Flame's. I imported my first American Akita from Sweden in 1998. I'm still active in different clubs; I was one of the founding members of the American Akita Club of Finland (founded in 2003) and at the moment I am Charirman of the Finnish Akita Club. I've also been a Board member of the Finnish Companion Dog Club since 2005. For the last 13 years, my responsibilities have been the organizing of education of judges for all our 68 breeds as well as the organizing of the club's speciality show untill last year. I serve as the vice chairperson on the board of my kennel district and represent my district at the Finnish Kennel Club's council. In addition, I am the judges' secretary of Lahti International Dog Show and Lahti 1st of May group shows. I regularly work as a ring steward. The Finnish American Akita Club has awarded me with a badge of honour, and the Finnish Companion Dog Club has awarded me with the silver and golden badge of honour and the Finnish Kennel Club has awarded me with the silver badge of honour. At the moment, I am authorised to judge about half of the FCI group 5, about 30 breeds of group 2 and a couple of breeds of group 10. Besides dogs, my hobbies include photography, movies and reading.

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