TALVITIE, Marja Klaukkala,
FCI:Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs), Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs, Terriers, Dachshunds, Spitz and Primitive types
Marja has lived with dogs all her life. In her childhood home they had German Shepherd Dogs as family pets. Her first show dogs were St. Bernards, but after she got married her husband persuaded her to get an easier outdoor breed - Lapponian Herder. Marja has bred Lapponian Herders and in a smaller scale Finnish Lapphunds under prefix Toiskan for 30 years. In 1984 family Talvitie moved to Helsinki and they got a Scottish Terrier. In a little while they got another new breed, a Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Marja and her daughter Nina has bred this breed for 16 years under prefix Winterway's. After they moved back to countryside they bought two Bouviers from Holland. At the moment Marja is a member of The Finnish Kennel Club's board, Chairmain of the FCI's judges' and show committee as well as a chairman of the Finnish Kennel Clubs judges' and show committee and Finnish Lapphund Club. Marja, fluent in Finnish, Swedish, English and Deutch, has judged in Finland and Scandinavia also in Europe, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico and Peru.