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  1. Finnish Lapphund

    There isn’t a official club in QLD but there is an active group of owners and a couple of breeders up there. You might like to join this Facebook group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/268684699887604 They do regular meet ups so you might be able to get to one and meet the breed
  2. I have 2 Finnish Lapphunds and I don't think they would be appropriate for your needs if you don't want a dog that barks a lot. Lappies can be problem barkers and many people have them in bark collars all the time when they're outside. Barking is like their go-to when they're excited and little things can excite them. They are good with kids for the most part, but may decide that your cat needs chasing. My younger girl is 2.5 and she still loves trying to herd the cat. Grooming is an issue for them too - some lappies have much bigger coats than others, and particularly when desexed. They do look like cute teddy bears but they are a working dog and you have to keep that in mind.
  3. Spitz Breeds

    What source of protein is she on? My girl Veikko has a mild allergy to chicken so when she was on the blackhawk puppy formula and the chicken and rice adult formula, she would itch like she had fleas. She is now on the fish and potato variety and no more itchies :) It did take her a couple of weeks after I took her off the chicken variety to stop scratching but she got there. She can have chicken but if she has it for a few days running, she starts scratching.
  4. When Do You Have "too Many" Dogs?

    I think it's less about "how many" and more about what you do with them :) I do a lot of sports with my dogs and I know that if I had more than a couple in training at once, I wouldn't have time to do the number of sports I do :) If I just did basic pet obedience and not so many sports, I could have more. I like being able to have a lot of one on one time with my two though :) I would happily get a third dog now that Zero is getting older and is pretty much retired from sports but I waited 2.5 years for Veikko so I think I will wait at least that long for the next puppy to come along :)
  5. 2014 Training Goals

    Zero: Back to health after his snake bite. If he never competes in anything again, I don't care. I just want him healthy again. Squiggle: I'd just love her to be happy working in the ring. The titles are just icing on the cake. Dumbbell retrieve perfected - we're so close!!! CCD title FD & FDX titles (not massive achievements - but timing wise, this isn't realistic until the end of the year) Compete in agility - hopefully JD title and I'd like to get her up and running in AD. RN title and a leg towards her RA.
  6. First Season Question

    With Veikko, I kept her at home for 4 weeks from the first day she was bleeding. While she was out of season 3 weeks later, I left her an extra week just to be on the safe side. On that 4th weekend, I gave her a post-season bath. :)
  7. Neighbor Complaining About Barking..

    I had a guy at our club who had the same problem with a neighbour "hearing" their dog bark - he put his dog into boarding for a week, informed the council he was doing so and asked the neighbour to record how many times the dog barked - neighbour still said the dog barked constantly. The council officer then went and told the neighbour that the dog hadn't even been in the suburb when they were supposedly hearing the barking. The complaint stopped right then and there.
  8. Spitz Breeds

    In Victoria, have a chat to Cheri and Trev at Keez keeshonden :) lovely people. I have a lappie and a sibe so the size difference is a bit different from a JS and a keeshond but they get along great. My lappie is more full on about playing than my sibe but he is careful of her.
  9. I planned Veikko for about 2.5 years. I spent some time researching the breed, learnt which type I preferred and then went looking for lines in Australia that I thought would have the looks and drive I wanted, then I approached a breeder. That was all about 2 years before Veikko was born. I'm already looking at my next addition to the family. I know what I want and I'm prepared to wait for as long as it takes to get it :)
  10. Spitz Breeds

    Looks great ETH!! You should be proud of what you've done with Esky!
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    Congrats again SF :D Can't wait to meet them!
  13. Spitz Breeds

    I have a pair of training gloves that got a massive workout before V got her adult teeth in! Oh!!! They're little dogs now Finnesse :D How gorgeous! Can't wait to hear all about the puppies SF!
  14. Rising Stars For 2012

    Here is my little rising star, Veikko, aka Armahani Diamond Dansut (AI) at 7 months old: And stacked (excuse the grooming!):
  15. Spitz Breeds

    Puppy teeth *shudder* :laugh: Oh the pain! He thinks he is. He won a big box of treats, a pigs ear and a ribbon (which is more for me I think, he couldn't care less about shiny ribbons) for his efforts so he's happy. I can't believe she's 7 months old but she is! She's still very much a puppy though. Throws herself into anything and everything without a single thought and she still squiggles. I wouldn't change her for the world :D