Since I was a kid I always dreamed about a dog.
Everything started when I got brown miniature Sherry from my parents on my 14th birthday. I competed as a junior handler with her. I tried confirmation with her too, but it was hard to win: Sherry was a pet-breeding. I would spend month growing coat and practicing with her, then 5 hours preparing her to a show but at the day of the show we lose to our competition.
My attempts in the ring were noticed and that’s how I got my second miniature Nutlee Odessa from Finnish Nutlee kennel. Liisa was born to show and win: her first show at 6 month of age she won a puppy group and at age of 8 years she sparkled in the PCA show ring winning best veteran bitch. She has a lot of glamour and personality and never goes unnoticed neither at the show nor in everyday life.
Liisa was bred twice. Her first litter lives in Finland, except one puppy Nutlee Pai, who lives with Joyce Guy “Joyview” poodles in USA.
Second time Liisa was bred to AmCh Dassin Reignon Madis Son. From that combination we had 3 boys and 1 girl. We kept Lola, one boy Njucka went to live with Marion Epperson, “Timari” poodles in North Carolina. 2 other boys were sold to families in Toronto.
We want to preserve all the good qualities of our dogs and plan breeding very carefully. We breed one litter every 3 years because it is extremely hard to find a right stud dog and raising puppies is very time consuming as we spend most of our time with them while they are growing.
Thinking of a long-term future of the breed and what we can do on a personal level we think that health is important issue. In miniature poodles diseases like epilepsy, PRA and patellar luxation occur quite often. Both of my dogs are free from these problems. We test our dogs and encourage other breeders to test their dogs before using in breeding.
I have been to a lot of shows in different countries and have seen a lot of big-time winners and I must admit that I do not find show merits essential for breeding. It’s always nice to have a champion stud dog, but it is not a first what we look in. To produce a healthy, balanced well-structured puppies we ask for the tests on a stud dogs. In USA and Canada there is a tendency to use stud dogs who are big-time winners. By using same dogs over and over again genetic pool is reduced as most of the dogs have homogeneous background.
In a stud dog we look for a square, with sound movement light/medium boned and not over angulated dog of course with sound genetic background.
We want to thank all the breeders who let us use their dogs. Especially we want to thank everybody who lets information about their dogs available and sharing it.