Finnish Lapphunds are very intelligent and love to learn and that makes them great at all the dog sports. You can find them competing in obedience and rally-o, agility and conformation. Neka trained in obedience, agility and heelwork to music, athough we didn't compete. She did have a long career in the conformation ring, though, and is still attending Crufts at the age of 11.
Keskiyo was a terrific little showdog in his youth, racking up many wins at both championship and open shows. He once won Reserve Best Puppy in Show and Best in Show at open shows. He and Tuuli both learned obedience and Maija competes in obedience. The fact that we have never won anything speaks to my performance rather than hers!
In the photo left Maija is practicing with her dumbbell. Most Lappies are not natural retrievers, but with a bit of patience and persistence they can be trained to 'fetch'. It does help to start training it young - both our older dogs were taught to retrieve when they were very young puppies but Maija never was. We had a bit of a challenge then when she started obedience at the ripe old age of 6 years.
L-R: Infindigo Persikka Ukko, Persikka Kuura, Riemu Kiittaa & Riemu Emmi
Photo above left: Infindigo breeder team taking first place at the Finnish Lapphund Club of Great Britain Championship show April 2014.
Win or lose, showing dogs can be a lot of fun and the sport isn't limited to showing only your own dogs - or even dogs that you have bred. In the photo on the right I am showing the spectacular Multi Champion Ukkonen av Vintervidda from Norway at the World Show in Helsinki, July 2014.
Photo (c) Silke Hollje-Schumacher