Taigakoira Finnish Lapphunds
Hi, I'm Terri M.
We are a small, selective kennel in Victoria that shows and breeds lovely Finnish Lapphunds. Please note that at this stage, our forthcoming litter is likely to already be spoken for. However, we welcome inquiries for litters planned late in 2021 and 2022 (including show and canine sports inquiries).
Vet Approved Criteria
Last checked on 28 August 2020
Every breeder on RightPaw has agreed to our vet-approved RightPaw Code of Ethics, and passed an interview from one of our team.
- Breeding & Welfare
- Health Practices
- Home Environment
- Physical Condition
Our Breeding Practices
Behaviour and socialisation
We do not have kennels - our dogs are inside with us and part of our family. Puppies are therefore raised inside with us - there is always someone present (or within earshot!) and are handled every day, multiple times a day. We have both indoor and outdoor areas which are secure and protected, and pups have plenty of mental stimulation and exposure to new and interesting activities to develop motor skills, co-ordination and to help with…
Our puppies are genetically screened to determine their status for conditions that can be detected via genetic testing. We also do ACES testing of litters. Our pups are microchipped and vet checked, and we ask that new owners also do a vet check within 48 hrs of receiving their pup. We have a contractual arrangement that provides a health guarantee in line with Dogs Victoria regulations and codes of ethics.
Our puppies are raised in a home environment, with us as breeders. We do not have kennels or staff; we only breed occasionally and are small, registered pedigree breeders who are invested in ensuring the future of our breed.
Taigakoira Finnish Lapphunds conducts 2 out of 2 core health tests which RightPaw believe are most important to conduct for the Finnish Lapphund.
An eye certificate means the breeder has had their breeding dogs examined by a veterinary…
These breeders have had x-rays taken on their breeding dogs to assess their ‘hip score’. Dogs with…
Taigakoira Finnish Lapphunds conducts 5 additional tests available for the Finnish Lapphund.
Canine Multifocal Retinopathy (CMR) is a genetic disorder causing local detachment of the retina in young dogs. It does not always cause impaired vision or blindness but can in severe cases. There are three types of CMR affecting different breeds. A DNA test is available to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
This is a disease affecting the spinal cord of older dogs, initially causing wobbliness and eventually hindlimb paralysis. It can affect a wide range of breeds. There is now a DNA test that can indicated if a breeding dog is carrying this disease.
These breeders have had x-rays taken on their breeding dogs to assess the quality of their elbow joints. Dogs with very low ‘elbow scores’ are less likely to develop elbow problems in the future and less likely to pass hereditary elbow problems on to their puppies.
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 to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in dogs is a type of genetic eye disease causing deterioration of the retina and eventually, blindness. There are a variety of sub-types of PRA, which can occur in various breeds. There are various DNA tests available to identify whether a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
About the breeder
A little about us
Terri has been involved with Finnish Lapphunds (also known as Lappies) for over a decade, obtaining her first Lappie in 2008. Showing and breeding under the 'Taigakoira' kennel prefix, Terri has been active in both the Finnish Lapphund community and is a registered pedigree breeder with Dogs Victoria. She has also had the pleasure of seeing and showing Lappies internationally, in Finland, Sweden and Norway, and has imported a number of new lines into the country. Taigakoira bred Lappies have done well in and out of the show rings, winning best in shows at both specialty and all breed shows, as well as gaining titles in herding and performance sports. Although Terri doesn't breed often she welcomes inquiries for pet, show and performance homes for this wonderful breed.
Why we got involved in breeding
To promote Finnish Lapphunds and ensure the future of our breed.
Our special touch
We breed occasionally and selectively, with attention to breed type, temperament and health.
Connect with us
Dogs Victoria (ANKC)
- Finnish Lapphund Club of Victoria