Finnish Lapphund of the Year (FLOTY) & associated competitions

In 2020 we are extending the Dog of the Year competition by popular demand to include Puppy of the Year (see change in qualification below), Veteran of the Year (new) and a Baby Puppy of the Year (new)

Entry details will be emailed out shortly and this page will be updated as well, including closing date, breeders of litters with Baby Puppy Qualifiers will receive details to pass onto their puppy owners, if any one has any queries or does not receive their invites please contact Alex
Please be advised that this event is limited to 64 dogs – so entries will be accepted up to 64 on a first received basis, so please do not delay returning your invitation

What is FLOTY?

It is a knock out match competition for the major winners at Championship/Breed Club shows during the previous year, plus any CC/RCC winner, to find an overall winner who will be crowned Finnish Lapphund of the Year 2019

How do I qualify for FLOTY?

Entry is by invitation only to the dogs and bitches who have won Best of Sex (BOS) or Reserve Best of Sex (RBOS) throughout the championship shows in 2019 & 2018 (in breed or AVNSC classes) and all CC/res CC winners, plus the winners of BIS or RBIS or BOS at the SFLS and FLC of GB open Shows in 2019 & 2018.

What is POTY?

It is a knock out match competition for the Best Puppy/BOS puppy winners from each Championship/Breed Club shows during 2019, to find an overall winner who will be crowned Pup Of the Year 2019

How do I qualify for POTY?

Entry is by invitation only to the puppy dogs and bitches who have won either Best Puppy In Breed or BOS Puppy in breed throughout the championship shows in 2019 (in breed or AVNSC classes) plus the winners of Best Puppy In Show/BOS winners at the SFLS and FLC of GB open Shows in 2019. Of course this does mean that at the time of the event on 15/3/20 many of the qualifiers will no longer be puppies but that does not matter, it is their wins as puppies which qualify them for the event.

What is VOTY?

It is a knock out match competition for the Best Veteran/BOS Veteran winners from each Championship/Breed Club shows during 2019, plus any dog/bitch who has won a CC/RCC and is a veteran, to find an overall winner who will be crowned Veteran Of the Year 2019

How do I qualify for VOTY?

Entry is by invitation only to the Veteran dogs and bitches who have won either Best Veteran in Breed or BOS Veteran in breed throughout the championship shows in 2019 (in breed or AVNSC classes) plus the corresponding winners at the SFLS and FLC of GB open Shows in 2019.  Plus any dog/bitch who has won a CC/RCC and is aged 7 or more at 31/12/2019

What is BPOTY?

It is a knock out match competition for the baby puppies – strictly those 4 months and over and less than 6 months of age on 15/3/2020, ie born between 16/9/19 and 15/11/2019 only.  There are no qualifications required – but the baby puppies must be entered before the event, using the event entry form.  There will be goody bags for each Baby Puppy entered and as ever fabulous rosette for the winner and the prestige of being the BPOTY (or BOTY !!!)

Are Spectators welcome?

Of course – and there is no charge to come along and watch and meet the dogs and owners.  Prior to the match there will be a two-course buffet lunch for both exhibitors and supporters/ spectators, which must be pre-ordered – why not take advantage to enjoy some social time with friends. You are also more than welcome to join us and bring your own lunch with you if you prefer.

Schedule for the day

11.30 Reception for dogs & exhibitors
12.00 Baby Puppy of the Year Match to commence
12.45 Two-course lunch (to be pre-ordered)
14.00 Other competitions culminating in Finnish Lapphund of the Year Match
16.00 Photo shoot & presentations

Previous Winners below:

FLOTY  2018

The secret judge for the event was Tom Mather

FLOTY winner was Nir Feldberg’s Kaijartuu Revontulet

Runner up was Gary & Julie Duncan and Sammy Critchlow’s Pavoskas Britti Bandiitti

Best of the first round Losers – Andy Lee’s Ch Kaijartuu Hopea Noita JW

Best Presented Exhibitor/Exhibit:  Robert and Sonny Bill (Glenchess Gamaliel)

Full results below:

Round 1 Round 2 Final FLOTY Winner

Kaijartuu Revontulet

Kaijartuu Revontulet Kaijartuu Revontulet Kaijartuu Revontulet
Ch Marymead Moulin Rouge for Pavoskas JW ShCM
Ch Kaijartuu Hopea Noita JW Elbereth Tuulenpoika JW
Elbereth Tuulenpoika JW
TabanyaRuu Onnea Kissa (AI) TabanyaRuu Onnea Kissa (AI) Pavoskas Britti Bandiitti

Ch Elbereth Pelinainen JW

Pavoskas Britti Bandiitti Pavoskas Britti Bandiitti FLOTY Runner Up
Arianrhod Finntroll JW Pavoskas Britti Bandiitti
Elbereth Suvituuli JW Elbereth Suvituuli JW Glenchess Gamaliel
Kaijartuu Velho
Glenchess Gamaliel Glenchess Gamaliel

Lapphund of The Year

I was delighted to be invited to judge this competition. Lots of good quality Lapphunds, temperaments were excellent and all of the dogs were clean and well groomed. A lovely day in a happy atmosphere with a really grand bunch of sporting exhibitors. Tom Mather

Feldberg’s Kaijartuu Revontulet. A handsome upstanding dog shown in great form and condition. Well balanced with a good head of adequate breadth, defined stop and very kind expression. Well boned with pleasing oval feet. Moderate rib and strong short loin. Moved out well with an easy, fluid stride and his coat is profuse and of a good texture – Finnish Lapphund of the Year

Critchlow’s Ch Marymead Moulin Rouge for Pavoskas JW. These two lovely Lapphunds provided me with a good start to the adults. Very feminine and pleasing for both size and balance. Good ears, kind eye and very gentle expression. Strong body with firm topline and slightly sloping croup. Good coat and undercoat. Came back towards me just a fraction wide in front but her hind action was exemplary.

Lee’s Ch Kaijartuu Hopea Noita JW. Absolutely typical and very feminine, good breadth of skull and well set ears, kind eye giving a lovely expression. Excellent forehand with good bone and feet. Moved out really well and creates a most pleasing impression.
1st Round winner

Thomas’ Elbereth Tuulenpoika. Masculine and pleasing to handle with his good forehand, decent bone and good feet. Moderate all through and shown in good muscle tone. Strong neck which he uses to advantage. Excellent double coat. Free moving with a brisk easy action.

Croft & Mowatt’s TabanyaRuu Onnea Kissa. A very masculine, handsome dog who really enjoyed his day out and made sure that everyone knew it! Very well balanced and typey, good head with defined stop and gentle expression. Good body and rib, well set tail. Impressive on the move and his very good quality profuse coat completed the picture.

Thomas’ Ch Elbereth Pelinainen JW. She has a lovely head and expression, excellent forehand, strong, moderately ribbed body and well muscled hindquarters. A very good mover both up and down. Harsh double coat but not quite the profuseness of the dog.

Duncan & Critchlow’s Pavoska Britti Bandiitti. A grand dog who presents a most attractive picture both standing and moving. Very pleasing head and expression, good forehand with adequate bone and nicely padded oval feet. Strong broad back. Slight slope to croup and very good tail set and carriage. A good mover shown in very good quality coat – Runner Up Finnish Lapphund Of The Year

Lloyd’s Arianrhod Finntroll JW. A sturdy, well made dog with a well propertied head, neat tipped ears, soft kind expression. Decent forehand, Ribbed well back with a firm topline and good tailset. Moderately angulated and moved well with a very easy action.

Thomas’ Elbereth Suvituuli JW. Has a very pretty, soft feminine expression, good breadth of skull and well set ears. Good bone and nicely padded feet. Moderate ribbing and strong, short loin. Very good tailset and carriage. Slightly sloping croup, good tailset and carriage and very good hind action. Not the most profuse coat but the texture is excellent and she shows to good advantage.

Mitchison’s Kaijartuu Velho. Masculine and handsome with good skull, well furred ears and kind expression. Well boned with good feet, Broad strong back. A shade close going away from me. Excellent coat and condtion.

Trott & Ellis’ Glenches Gamaliel. A handsome masculine dog shown in excellent coat and condition. He has an attractive head and expression, moderately ribbed with broad strong back and good tailset. In profile he is free moving with a very easy, effortless action.

POTY  2018

Our secret judge for the event was Tom Mather

POTY winner was Angela & Barry Thomas’ Elbereth Tuulenpoika JW

Runner up was Tricia Kennedy’s Lapponnia Halimede Keyza

Full results below:

Round 1 Final POTY Winner
Elbereth Tuulenpoika JW Elbereth Tuulenpoika JW Elbereth Tuulenpoika JW
Elbereth Timanttimaki
Morval Helina Keiju Lapponnia Halimede Keyza POTY Runner Up

Lapponnia Halimede Keyza

Lapponnia Halimede Keyza
Elbereth Lumenlumo

Thomas’ Elbereth Tuulenpoika. See FLOTY report.

French’s Elbereth Timanttimaki. Litter brother to Tuulenpoika and he too has a grand head and expression, well bodied with good breadth of back, well set tail. Fett aren’t quite as well padded as his brother. Moved out well with an easy action and was shown in a pruse double coat.

Graystone’s Morval Helina Keuu. Most attractive head with feminine, soft expression. Good ribs which extend wel back and firm topline and good tailset. Very typical on the move but not quite the finish as yet of the winners.

Kennedy’s Lapponnia Halimede Keyza. Most attractive head with a soft, pretty expression, excellent forehand with good bone and nicely padded, oval feet. Good topline and breadth of back, carries enough weight, well set tail and good croup. Strong, moderately angulated hindquarters and short from hock to heel. Impressed on the move.

Macvicar & Collingwood’s Elbereth Lumenlumo. Very typical bitch both in attitude and appearance. Good skull and ears, kind expression. Decent forehand with good bone. Moderately angulated, pleasing profile action but a shade wide going away from me. Double coat.

Finnish Lapphund of the Year 2017 – was judge by Val Dyer

FLOTY winner was Stuart Jackson’s Lecibsin Ukas to Elbereth

Runner up was Niki Allison’s Oberitz Trolleri

Best of the first round Losers – Niki Allison’s Glenchess Nallukka By Oberitz

Full results below

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(photo courtesy of Emma Lee)

Morval Salainen Haave JW Morval Salainen Haave JW Oberitz Trolleri Lecibsin Ukas to Elbereth
Lapptoppens Herax
Finnadian Cirius Oberitz Trolleri
Oberitz Trolleri
Elbereth Suvituuli JW Ch Elbereth Pelinainen JW Lecibsin Ukas to Elbereth
Ch Elbereth Pelinainen JW
Lecibsin Ukas to Elbereth Lecibsin Ukas to Elbereth
Glenchess Nallukka By Oberitz
Sambreeze Taimi of Wychewolf Sambreeze Taimi of Wychewolf Multi Ch Elbereth Matkamies ShCM
Oberitz Vakkara JW
Alkantara Ilo Mina Multi Ch Elbereth Matkamies ShCM
Multi Ch Elbereth Matkamies ShCM

FLOTY 2016 was judged by Gary Gray

FLOTY 2016 Result

FLOTY Orr's Ch Bridus Rakas ShCM Res: Allison's Oberitz Rillumarei

FLOTY Orr’s Ch Bridus Rakas ShCM               Runner Up Allison’s Ch Oberitz Rillumarei

Best of the first rond Losers Meikle and Hendersons Marymead Muskateer ShCM

Best of the first round Losers
Meikle and Hendersons’ Marymead Muskateer ShCM

Our FLOTY 2015 was judged by Mr David Cavill
We had 5 absentees on the day giving 5 dogs a bye into the second round.

FLOTY and Runner UP
FLOTY and Runner UPMulti Ch Elbereth Matkamies and Bridus Rakas
FLOTY Finalist
FLOTY FinalistElbereth Pelinainen JW
Best of First Round Knockouts
Best of First Round KnockoutsTilkkuturkin Hallantuoma To Elbereth JW

A very big thank you to the Southern FL Society committee for the opportunity to judge the FLOTY. A special day complemented with kind hospitality and the cream of top class dogs to judge. I was spoilt for choice and placings could easily change on another day, particularly as the floor surface posed a problem for some dogs and interestingly, not for others.

Allison’s Oberitz Onnetar ( Fin Ch Chelville Tapio x Elbereth Noki with Oberitz)

Almost 11yrs black & tan bitch. Well proportioned if looking slightly heavier in her more mature years but still perfectly acceptable for a bitch. She has good breadth, correct bone and is well ribbed. Lovely eye and ears, feminine with soft expression. Moderate angulation all round and standing straight front and rear, well boned and strong in hocks. Perfectly sound coming and going, she is remarkably strong and firm for her years and this is what gave her a very slight edge over the younger dogs today as she moves with tight, moderate stride, holding her topline and coping well with the floor surface. She is a special favourite of mine and delighted to see her here today in fine condition and excellent coat. Finnish Lapphund of the Year.

Jackson’s Multi Ch Elbereth Matkamies ShCM (Multi Ch Lecibsin Macce x Elbereth Kyky) 6 year old wolf sable dog. Strong and masculine with ideal height:length:depth proportions. Excellent bone, correct stance front and rear, good breadth all through and good length of neck. Correct forehand angulation with good length of shoulder and upper arm together with moderate hind angulation, giving him the balance to make a very attractive profile both standing and on the move. He is strong in loin, firm in topline and well muscled. Correct lay of croup, good tail set and carriage. Excellent coat texture. Runner Up.

Birks’ Infindigo Riemu Kittaa (Glenchess Ilolas x Infindigo Keksi) 3 year old cream bitch. Very attractive with correct all round proportions. Well balanced head with good eye and ears and correct stop. Good breadth and ribbing, well boned and good stance. Excellent angulation front and rear, good underline with correct tuck-up and balanced all through. She stood firm and looked good from any angle. On the move she has firm moderate stride, holding her strong topline. Excellent harsh textured coat. Most impressed with this young bitch who I think can only improve with full maturity. Third finalist.

Thomas’ Elbereth Suvituuli ( Multi Ch Elbereth Matkamies x Elbereth Penikka) 2.5 year old black & tan. Another very nice young bitch and unlucky to be matched with a finalist in the first round. She is correctly proportioned with good breadth and excellent bone. Very attractive in head, feminine, well balanced with good eye and ears, correct stop and soft expression. Excellent firm stance with correct moderate angulation front and rear. Firm in topline with correct croup and tailset. On the move she was sound with firm, brisk stride. In lovely condition, just losing out a little in coat texture. First Round Special.

Julie Vaughan

floty 2013

Finnish Lapphund of the Year and Runner Up

Results for FLOTY 2013
I was hugely honoured to be given this unique opportunity by the Southern Finnish Lapphund Society to get so “close up and personal” to the breed in such numbers. And at this level, and as part of my learning curve about the specifics of the breed, it was truly invaluable and an experience I shall treasure.
You are so fortunate to still be at that stage as a breed/ Society where you are truly a “family” of supporters with generations of owners all pitching in together to ensure the success of the event and self-evidently mutually supportive and sporting.
Long may that continue and you must do all in your power to preserve it as it is such a rarity in the dog game these days and will attract in new owner/ exhibitors and will see the breed prosper.
The competition followed the AGM and began with a delicious home-cooked lunch. 18 of the 24 qualified exhibits took part with the entry fees being generously donated to a breed rescue effort concerning some 62 Lappies in California.
Finnish Lapphund of the Year:
Jackson’s Ch/Int Ch Elbereth Matkamies Stunning breed ambassador in best of coat & condition; scores in all the specifics of the breed standard; beautifully constructed; true moving maintaining his enviable profile; has strength without coarseness; one of those dogs that “looks at you right” and cannot be denied.
Lock’s Bridus Pikkummimi
Apparently related (and I see is Elbereth sired) it turns out this 16m b. is already on two CCs! She frankly stopped me in my tracks with her sheer type & shape that was only enhanced by her lack of coat. Handled by the “chef,” I realised later I had unwittingly met the owner over lunch who told me “I just have a pet one”. Some pet! Thank goodness

floty2012   floty2012_bestround1

Finnish Lapphund of The Year and Runner Up              Best of the First Round Knockouts

Finnish Lapphund of the Year 2012

This event, hosted by The Southern Finnish Lapphund Society, was rescheduled, as snow stopped play back on 23rd. March! I was judging at Bath championship show on the previous day and can honestly say I was frozen. However the 25th dawned with glorious sunshine, the welcome by the society, as warm as the weather today.

The competitors were depleted, from the previous date due to other commitments, but still I enjoyed the quality dogs that attended. The judging took the form of a knockout match. Following the initial matches, we judged the best of the first round losers. This is a lovely touch. The best here was Multi CH. Elbereth Kia Joins Bridus owned by S&E Bird .She turned out to be sibling to the overall winner and I found just what I was looking for in type, but perhaps did not cope just as well in the smaller ring as I feel she is capable of. Beautifully turned out and in good muscular development, it was a pleasure to be able to reward her attributes.

We followed this with the semi final best. Mr. & Mrs. Webb’s Elbereth Penikka. This bitch has femininity with correct proportions .I felt she displayed type. Her head has width of skull, clean zygomatic arch, correct stop with good nose and muzzle without appearing doggy. Felt she might have preferred to be outside, but didn’t we all! I ended up, in the final, with a dog and a bitch, not by design, just the way it worked out. Both displayed a typical outline for the breed, and were presented in beautiful order. The nod had to go with the male. Jackson’s Multi CH. Elbereth Matkamies sh cm. He had bone, strength without being too big. His head typified the breed for me, good width of skull, with good set on of ear which he used to enhance his expression, from well set oval eye which was confident and kind in outlook. Had defined stop with strength in muzzle, width of jaw and dry lip, which covered the muzzle without being pendulous. His skeletal make up allows balance, and smooth true free movement, even in a small ring. Looking at the catalogue as I write this, I do recognise his name, but he was obviously not handled by his usual handler, yet performed with ease.

Runner up was Mowatt’s bitch Tabanyaruu Sisko. Excellent forehand, giving smooth lines of neck through topline. Correct leg to length ratio with bone and straight fore legs. Lovely to go over under her profuse coat. Perhaps not quite the head proportions of the winner, but her quality and performance could not be denied. I notice many of my winners seemed to be connected to Toni Jackson’s breeding .She never entered the ring yet obviously can produce the goods.

My steward was the most delightful lady and made my job even more pleasurable. Thank you to all.

Patsy Hollings.