Caleebra Finnish Lapphunds
Hi, I'm Shareen C.
Together with my partner Glen, our dogs, 1 cat, and the love of our friends and supporters, we form Caleebra Finnish Lapphunds. We are enthusiasts of the pure breed dog world and are hopelessly devoted to the Finnish Lapphund. We now seek to 'share the love' with owners who can appreciate their difference. Our Lapphunds are very family-oriented and greet our friends most enthusiastically when they visit. They are up for just about anything and really enjoy working with us. They pick up tricks and training very quickly. All our dogs enjoy basic obedience training, and we train and trial in Rally-O. We enjoy the daily interaction and our dogs love being able to show us how much they've learnt. They also love the treats. Our dogs are our pets. They live in the house and are underfoot during the day, and on the couch or bed or at our feet at night. We keep our numbers at home small and instead place our puppies in homes where they are well-loved family pets with owners who share our love for the breed and are fully supported by us. Some of these puppies go on to contribute to the breed, leaving a legacy for future generations. We aim to breed only a couple of litters each year, so we can ensure they're raised with the very best start we can provide.
Our Breeding Practices
Behaviour and socialisation
Visits start from 4 weeks with dozens of willing helpers (children and adults of all ages) to play with the puppies and help us expose them to new things. They're provided with heavy periods of socialisation and constant environmental enrichment opportunities through the use of toys, obstacles, substrates and items to interact with as well as some very basic training. They start toilet training as early as 10 days old and are weaned onto both kibble and a variety of raw meats and meaty bones to gnaw on to help develop their digestion.
Health and temperament of the parents through their pedigrees are well researched in the planning stages of a litter. Health checks of mothers (and fathers if local/owned by us) are routinely conducted and their maturity and suitability to carry and raise a litter is of utmost importance to us. Our Puppies are DNA screened so we already have the results of our mums and ensure they're suitably matched to ensure we're not deliberately creating a puppy Affected by any known diseases we can test for.
We have an older cat, 4 adult dogs and no children. Our house goes into lockdown before puppies are born. The whelping box is set up in a room we can keep everyone else out of. This is to ensure Mum is comfortable and not stressed before and after her puppies are born. Puppies are raised in our home. As Mum settles into motherhood, our interaction with the puppies increases. Usually by 3 weeks (coincides with their ears opening) they're moved into a common area to get used to household noises. At 4 weeks they venture outside during the day and sleep off the kitchen at night. At all times they're separate from the adult dogs by a puppy fence, though Mum is free to come and go as she pleases.
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
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An eye certificate means the breeder has had their breeding dogs examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist, to confirm they are not affected by any eye conditions which may be passed down genetically…
GSD II, or Pompe Disease, is a rare glycogen storage disease that can affect Finnish Lapphunds. It can cause poor growth, muscle weakness, vomiting and heart problems. There is a DNA test available…
These breeders have had x-rays taken on their breeding dogs to assess their ‘hip score’. Dogs with low hip scores have better hips and are less likely to develop problems in the future. Most large…
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in dogs is a type of genetic eye disease causing deterioration of the retina and eventually, blindness. It can occur in various breeds. There is a DNA test available…
About the Breeder
Hi, I'm Shareen, and together with my partner Glen, our dogs, 1 cat, and the love of our friends and supporters, we form Caleebra Finnish Lapphunds. I'm ex-Navy and Glen still serves in the Navy, so this sees us move about a bit. We're likely to continue to travel between Victoria and New South Wales only for the foreseeable future and hope to eventually pick one to call home permanently.
Why we got involved in breeding
We stumbled across the breed by chance in 2007, and could have never predicted the impact of the Finnish Lapphund on our lives. They are more than we ever imagined in a companion and, as a bonus, love training; both for fun and for competition. We attend conformation dog shows and train our dogs in Obedience and Rally-O and do some Agility and Herding. We have also imported several Finnish Lapphunds to Australia. This includes our foundation girl "Summer" Ch. Lecibsin Sametti RN (Imp UK) who was born in Finland and raised by friends in the UK while waiting out the quarantine requirements for import to Australia. Her quality has been recognised by judges and breeders alike and we're thrilled to have such an exquisite girl at home with us. She brings us joy every day.
Our special touch
We will continue to import Finnish Lapphunds to complement our breeding (and because we're admittedly addicted to this wonderful breed). We breed occasionally and some of these puppies are kept in partnership arrangements with their new owners. We want to devote individual time to our Lappies at home, and we want our puppies to also have the same dedication and devotion in homes with loving families. By forming partnerships with wonderful families, we're able to continue to breed Finnish Lapphunds without compromising on the quality of life of our puppies or our dogs at home. We also forge fantastic friendships along the way.
Dogs Victoria (ANKC)