have been a dog lover since day one and I will always be one. I
purchased my first dog when I was 18-years-old and before that I
took care and walked my neighbours' dogs. This is how I got to
know many different breeds.
My first own dog was a Cockerspaniel Netta (Zeiban's Im
Bobygirl). I don't know for sure why it was the Cockerspaniel in
particular that appealed to me. Maybe it was the ears, the sad
looking eyes and that happy, fussy nature of theirs. Netta truly
a real Cockerspaniel. She was always busy doing something and did
not believe a word I said. She was a true personality and a very
clever girl. Netta did not succeed that well in the show ring as I
had bought her as a companion. For some reason I got interested in
shows and we did go to a few but did not achieve anything special.
I did however want the breed her because she was extremely healthy
and so I began my breeding program with her. Netta gave me a
litter of eight black puppies sired by Spinneyhill
Sadler. The puppies were
as companions but I decided to show one of the males, "Rambo" (Midian's Magic
Black). That became a day to remember as Rambo went BOB and
was BIG3. Rambo did very well in his future shows also and as you
can propably guess, that was the start for my showing and breeding
I started breeding Cockerspaniels with a sense of purpose
with my second bitch "Maija" (Priceless Je't Aime). She
had all the characteristics I saw important for a Cockerspaniel:
dog with a lovely temperament. Maija also did very nicely at shows,
which though is not the main thing when choosing dogs for breeding.
She proved herself as a good producer and gave me the foundation
for breeding Cockerspaniels with good temperament, health and
In the course of years I began dreaming of another breed which
would be easier to groom as Cockerspaniels need to be trimmed. I
wanted the total opposite of cockerspaniels, a Spitz breed.
I thought about it and admired Akitas in books. Well, time passed
and one day in a match show in Alajärvi I saw for the first time
an American type of Akita (American Akita as these dogs are called
now). He was Tarumäen
Okisan Aki owned by Eila Hautala. It was love at first sight. As a
devoted Cockerspaniel breeder no other breed had made such an
impact to me as the American type of Akita. It was unbelievable
how such a strong and powerful dog could move with so much beauty
and the shape of that head with those tiny eyes and ears made a
lasting impression. In 1997 I went to see and talk to the owners
of these dogs at "Akita days". I heard that kennel Basnauz
had an American type of Akita bitch puppy for sale. I went to see
this puppy and fell in love with her in an instant. "Kami" (Basnauz
Komiko), as she was called became my first American type of Akita.
I was hooked and made plans to start breeding this breed also. My
history in breeding American Akitas is yet short, but full of
plans. We will see what the future holds!