Armahani Finnish Lapphunds is based north west of Melbourne, Australia, where our dogs are part of our family, raised in the house and included in our lives. We engage in as many dog activities as we can put our hand (or paw) too, including conformation showing, obedience, agility and herding, and my dream is to breed beautiful, structurally sound Finnish Lapphunds of excellent type who can excel at all of these things while being the perfect family pet. I am a member of a number of Lapphund Clubs around the world, and am a founding member and current President of the Finnish Lapphund of Victoria.
Dogs have always played a part in my family’s life – from the elderly Sheltie of my toddler years, to the range of “mixed-heritage” dogs who wandered through my childhood, to the beloved GSDX of my early 20s.
It was our Keeshond, Schatje, who turned a love into a dog-obsession, coming into our lives with a whirlwind, filling our home with laughter, and turning everything upside down. He also started me on the road to dog training … because as a youngster boy oh boy if he didn't have a good dose of learning every day he found his own tricks to learn.
But it was my fateful introduction to the Finnish Lapphund that set me on my current path.
I stumbled on the breed in a dog-book in early 2003. I had noticed them before, but the words “very rare outside their home country of Finland” had left me with the assumption that there was no chance of finding any in Australia. A new book, a new set of gorgeous photos, and I ran a quick internet search without any great expectations. So by sheer accident I stumbled on the web-site of Theldaroy in Queensland, one week after the birth of seven pups, with six homes lined up. Some things in life are just meant to be.
It was at the suggestion of Vanessa of Articmal that I arranged to have a boy that could be taken into the show ring, and into our lives came Kulta. He is my darling angel, and I have never looked back.
In early 2006 we got some gender balance into our lives, with the arrival of my stunning Emmi, who was born and raised in Finland until she was old enough to come to Australia. Emmi is from the hugely successful Lumiturpa in Finland and will become the foundation bitch for Armahani Kennels, and I couldn’t hope for a better one. Also joining us in late 2007 was my latest boy, my French born boy Louis from Chevaloupsgreg who was raised in America before coming to live here with us.
I also have kept an interest in several of the pups from my litters. From the Amethyst Litter are Mika who lives in Central Victoria with Sharon of Ausled Kennels, and Tanssija who is all the way in Michigan, USA with Kit of Calban Kennels. From the Bloodstone Litter are Blaez, who lives with Janet of Ligerwolve Kennels in the ACT and Ahti who lives here in Melbourne with Melissa and James. And then from the Crystal Litter are Dolce, who lives in NSW with Shareen and Glen, Taija, who lives here in Melbourne with Cherelle, and Kyla, who lives with Michelle in Geelong in Victoria.
Armahani means “my precious beloved” in Finnish, and in keeping with true treasure, will always remain small and selective.
I love to chat over the phone or by email to anyone interested in knowing more about the breed, or are prepared to hear me rave about my babies, so please feel free to Contact Me. Or if you are nearby and would like to be cuddled by a Lapphund, that can usually be arranged.
In the meantime, please enjoy your visit here.
Armahani Finnish Lapphunds