Taigakoira Finnish Lapphunds
Hi, I'm Terri M.
We are a small, selective kennel in Victoria that shows and breeds lovely Finnish Lapphunds. We occasionally have litters available, once or twice a year, usually around 4- 5 puppies per litter. Understandably, we have a lot more inquiries than puppies, which is normal for most Lappie breeders. We do recommend that…
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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…
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…
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.
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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…
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