Zuleika Finnish Lapphunds
Hi, I'm Rachael H.
We are a boutique kennel situated in northern Tasmania, Australia, 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. As such, we do not breed regularly (an average of once a year). 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 those 'tough' first 18 months. We also work with families who are willing to allow their Zuleika puppy to be a part of our future breeding program.
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.
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 and GSDII (Pompes).
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.
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
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…
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…
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…
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 Rachael from Zuleika! Whilst 'Zuleika' is a fairly new Finnish Lapphund kennel, I am not new to the dog world. I was 'born' into dog breeding and conformation dog showing. My mother bred and showed Whippets and Pharaoh Hounds until we bred Whippets together under the Zuleika prefix. In 2017 I took over the Zuleika prefix, marking the new beginning for this kennel, devoted to Finnish Lapphunds. I am also passionate about encouraging young people to get involved in showing and breeding. As a former Tasmanian State Junior Handlers Representative (1996), I am now a qualified Junior Handlers Judge and Chairperson of the Dogs Tasmania Junior Handlers sub-committee.
Why we got involved in breeding
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. We have two beautiful foundation dogs, Fleur (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.
Our special touch
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.
Dogs Tasmania (ANKC)
- Finnish Lapphund Club of Victoria