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At the Imatra International Show on the 26th & 27th of March, with an entry 3,500, Best in Show under BIS Judge Leni Finne from Finland and Group Judge György Tesics was the American Cocker Spaniel - Very Vigie Huluberlulu, bred by Laurent Pichard and owned by Sanna Vartiainen, Heidi Kangas and Terhi Korhonen.

It's hard to imagine a more picturesque setting than the venue for the 21st “Rose of Kotka” in Finland. The location for the International All Breeds Dog Show on August 15th was Katariina Seaside Park located at the southernmost tip of Kotka, a 20 hectare versatile park and recreational area which enjoys active use throughout the year. 

Have you ever been to a dog show where more or less everyone seems to be ‘in the pink’ or at the very least wearing something pink about their person? Well that’s an experience many dog people enjoyed in Helsinki recently as the bi annual Eukanuba Summer Show took place over three days just outside the city outskirts.

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Best in Show was the American Cocker Spaniel, Very Vigie Freezing-in-Finland owned by Sanna Vartiainen and handled by Marianna Laitinen. Judge Partha Sekhar Chatterjee, India.

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Best in Show was the Afghan Hound, Agha Djari`s Urban Cowboy owned by Salla Suokas & Sami Lyyski, Finland. Judge Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen, Finland.

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At the Show in Turku, Finland on the 24th & 25th January, the Best in Show was the Bullmastiff, CIB NOrd Ch Fi Ch Dk Ch Se Ch No Ch Ee Ch Lv Ch Lt Ch Balt Ch By Ch Ro Ch Ro Gr Ch Hr Ch BaltW-13 EEW-14 KBHW-14 DKW-14 NOW-14 NORDW-14 Librrani’s High Performance Alonso, owned by Viivi Alaluusua, Satu Tamlin and Imran Durrani from Finland. BIS Judge was Tino Pehar (Croatia).

At the Show in Kajaani, Finland on the 10t & 11th of January, Best in Show was the Lhasa Apso, CIB Nord Ch Fi Ch Dk Ch Se Ch No Ch Ee Ch Lv Ch Lt Ch Balt Ch-Hu Ch Lt JCh Lv JCh E JCh Balt JCh HeJW-11 NordW-11 JWW-11 FRJW-11 BALT JW-11 NOW-11 LTW-12 TLNW12 WW-12 EEW-12 NOW-12 HeW-12 FIW-12 LTW-13 WW13 KBHW-13 WW-14 EEW-14 KBHW-14 NOW-14 NORDW-14 V-14 SEW-14 Chic Choix Cleopatra Eurydice, owned by Piia Kaija and Johanna Helistölä from Finland. BIS Judge was Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen (Finland).

I was delighted to be invited to Jyvaskyla in Finland, and while I have judged in 22 different countries, this was my first visit to Finland (the snow was a bit of a shock to the system).

The show had drawn a huge entry of well over 5,000 dogs over the two days! The judging panel contained judges from many different countries. The UK was well represented with Mrs Meg Purnell-Capenter, Michael Gadsby, Des Jenkins, Ronald James, Colin Reed and daughter Melanie Reed-Peck, Grace Goodwin, and it was Graces BOB Apso that finished BIS.

Well done to Juha Kares and the Chic Choix Lhasa Apso for winning the Breeders Team award at last weekends Finnish Winners Show in Helsinki.

The breeders groups are highly valued in Europe and to win this award, breeders must compete at the highest level.

The Best in Show winner of the Helsinki Winner All-Breed International Dog Show held on December 6 in the capital of Finland was (pictured below) Marianna Korpi's and Annet Finnig's Cocker Spaniel, Coastline Johnny B Good.

More than 6,700 dogs competed for this title and the other three finalists chosen by the Finnish all-rounder Marja Talvitie were Laurent Heinesche's and Maarit Kalke's Pomeranian, Linnanhaltijan Quartz; Selen Stina's Miniature Dachshund, Naa-Naan Llotulitus, and Raimo Suominen’s Norwich Terrier, Nanstop Polkagris, who also won a prestigious Veteran BIS competition out of over 200 veterans presented at this show.

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