Zuleika Finnish Lapphunds
West Tamar, Tasmania
Hi, I'm Rachael H.
We are a boutique kennel situated in northern Tasmania, about 10 minutes from the centre of Launceston. Zuleika will only ever be a small kennel. Our dogs are first and foremost our family members, who live in our home with us and our puppies are also born and raised inside. As such, we do not breed often. When we do, hours of consideration and research have gone into the planning, to ensure we are breeding healthy, well-adjusted puppies, suitable for companionship, performance sports and conformation showing. This commitment to remaining a boutique kennel also means we are proud of the support we are able to provide to our puppies' forever homes, particularly in what can be a tough first 18 months. Our breeding approach also means we are reliant on families who are willing to allow their Zuleika puppy to be a part of our future breeding program, so please let us know if this is something you might be willing to be a part of. We are active within the Finnish Lapphund community around the world. We are members of the Lappalaiskoirat ry (Lappish Breeds Club - Finland), the Southern Finnish Lapphund Society (UK) and the Finnish Lapphund Club of Victoria. Visit our website: www.zuleika.com.au to get to know us better. Please be aware that this breed is becoming incredibly popular (for obvious reasons) and demand is now far outweighing supply. If a Finnish Lapphund is the breed for you, you must be prepared to wait, potentially up to a couple of years. We are not expecting to have a litter until until late-2022/early-2023.
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Last checked on 28 July 2020
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- Breeding & Welfare
- Health Practices
- Home Environment
- Physical Condition
Our Breeding Practices
Behaviour and socialisation
Our puppies are born and raised in the house (in our open-plan living area), where they are exposed to children, visitors, common household noises and of course receive lots of cuddles. We also have a cat and poultry, which the puppies are exposed to. We use Puppy Culture protocols to ensure our puppies get the best possible start to life, with latest neurological and socialisation research.
The most important aspect of breeding is to breed healthy, well-adjusted puppies. All breeding stock are hip/elbow scored and eye and heart tested regularly. All puppies are DNA tested for relevant hereditary diseases, including prcd-PRA, GSDII (Pompes), DM and CMR3.
Puppies are born and raised in the house, in the living area, so we can monitor and be close to them. Once they are old enough they begin to get a 'taste' of the outdoors, before being able to spend their days playing outside. Our puppies sleep in the house right up until they go to their forever homes. Our dogs enjoy a rural aspect with two acres of undulating hills to run on.
Included with our puppies
A range of 'goodies', including items that smell like mum, a bag of food, and a life time of support.
Zuleika 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…
Zuleika Finnish Lapphunds conducts 4 additional tests available for the Finnish Lapphund.
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
Hi, I'm Rachael from Zuleika! Zuleika Finnish Lapphunds is a boutique kennel situated in northern Tasmania, dedicated solely to this breed. Our dogs are an instrumental part of our family: living in our house, laying on our couches, sleeping on our beds and enjoying a rural aspect with two acres to run on. We only breed, on average, once a year. This enables us to raise each litter in our living area, where they are exposed to common household noises and activities, and receive lots of cuddles. We use Puppy Culture protocols to ensure our puppies get the best possible start to life. Our commitment to remaining a boutique kennel means we are proud of the level of support we are able to provide to our puppies’ forever homes, particularly in what can be a tough first 18 months. Becoming a Zuleika owner means becoming a part of the Zuleika family.
Why we got involved in breeding
Dogs are in my blood and after returning to Tasmania in 2016, we immediately began our search for the perfect breed to join our family. A chance sighting of a Lappie set me on an unexpected course, namely, the return to showing and breeding. We have two beautiful foundation dogs, Fleur (Ch. Neut Ch. Armahani Iolite Ilo (ai) HT) and Bennigan (Sup. Ch. Armahani Heliodorr Hulivili (ai) ET) both from Jacqualine Lincoln of Armahani kennels. I count my blessings every day that these two Lappies of such exceptional quality have formed the foundation of Zuleika Finnish Lapphunds. Zuleika's colours of silver and gold and the theme of our first litter (born May 2018) are both tributes to Benni and Fleur. In January 2020 we were also joined here at Zuleika HQ by Liina (Ch. Armahani Moonstone Movtta (ai)).
Our special touch
Zuleika puppies go home with a pack of goodies, including food and toys and their owners receive a lifetime of support, guidance and friendship. Whilst my primary interest is in conformation showing, my firm belief is in breeding dogs who are capable of doing the job for which the breed was intended. In August 2018, I visited Finnish Lapland to see first hand the environment in which Lappies work. It is vital to remember that, as 'cute and cuddly' as Finnish Lapphunds are, they are working/herding dogs, physically and mentally built to herd reindeer in thick snow. As such, we certainly encourage homes who are interested in dog performance sports, such as Rally, Tricks, Agility, Obedience, and Flyball to apply.
Dogs Tasmania (ANKC)
Zuleika Finnish Lapphunds