From where we came to where we are now with Lhasa Apsos
I travelled with my löwchens intensively in Sweden early 1980´s. I also had a maltese from world famous Elizabeth Carlzon (later Axelsson) kennel Straight Fire. We travelled together with Elizabeth dogshows around Scandinavia. We both were ambitious and wanted to learn all about dogs. Famous Scandinavian toy breeder Ulla Segerstrom (Ullah) called uss as BIS-babies. Elizabeth had also lhasa apso “Buster” aka S Ch Travis Tour de Rol. He was from father-daughter mating to famous Multi BIS Int Ch Saxonsprings Fol-de-Rol who was sired by famous BIS GB Ch Saxonsprings Hackensack x Multi BIS GB Ch Saxonsprings Fresno.
Spending more time with “Buster” I fell in love to this magnificent personality. Later we decided that he would move to live with me in Finland. So “Buster” was to become my very first lhasa apso. I started to show him in 1989. He won best in group and BEST in SHOW in his only second show in Finland. Most of all his temperament was something I had never seen in dogs before. He was so smart and a true personality.
Multi BIS Fin & S CH Travis Tour De Rol
His head was not his fortune, but his well arched neck and shape was to die for. He also had magnificent long coat and he had very flashy parti colour coat. He was cambaigned with great success. In one period he won 7 group first after each other and he became top group 9 dog in Finland. He became Multi BEST in SHOW-winner and introduced me to this magnificent breed. Already 1989 I decided that I want to find a lhasa apso female.
Felling in love with San Jo´s
I travelled around Europe and UK to see and learn the breed. I wasn´t impressed about movement of European lhasas. I thought as a mountain dog from Tibet, this breed should have very effective movement and dry body. So many of the dogs had loaded shoulders and specially front movements were such a problem with the breed. After I studied more I fell in love San Jo lhasas in USA. Marianne Nixon and her daughter had bred wonderful lhasa apsos in USA. Their dogs had classical pier-shape heads and these dogs were moving with great reach also in front. Specially top winning Multi BIS & BISS AM Ch San Jo´s Hussel Bussel was greatly admired around the world that time.
It took me over a year to convince Marianne Nixon that this Finish novice really would be worth having something from San Jo. Finally she gave up and let me lease Multi BIG-winning Am & Fin Ch San Jo Wellington Rose Tattoo to Finland.
“Tooey” had wonderful wonderful head and her movement was something else. Her reach and drive was to die for. She finished her title in Finland easily and she also won some best in groups. I also imported young female puppy who would become BIG-pl. Fin Ch San Jo´s Emily Ann. She also finished her title easily with a group second.
From the very beginning it was also clear I would like to breed particolour lhasas. That time top winning lhasa in Sweden was very nice parti female Ch Beddi´s Tibikin. As she was mated with other particolour top winner Ch Beddi´s X-tra Starlight I wanted to have a puppy. I knew Tibikin owners as they had lowchens. So I could get pick of the litter female Brittborgens Etana. She finished her title in straight 3 shows.
First Chic Choix lhasas were born.
My very first lhasa litter was when Rose Tattoo was mated with “Buster”. Marianne Nixon told if you do out-cross like this result can be terrible. Then you shouldn´t lose your faith but linebreed back to San Jo and you can get something. The result was terrible. “Tooey” gave birth two tiny puppies and she had no milk. I hand raised these puppies from the day one. Male died as he was 4 days but black&silver female survived. She became very first Chic Choix bred lhasa Chic Choix Blackberi Blues. Her bite went wrong and she ended up having sciccorbite. So I never showed her, but I did remember Marianne Nixon words. Do not lose your faith if you do know what you are doing. So “Elli” stayed with my friends and I hoped to find some nice strong San Jo male for her sometimes in the future to breed her back to San Jo.
Meanwhile I was looking for a new male. Late Norman Herbel was judging the American National Specialty and winner dog with 5 point major was a stunning mahogany red male Wyndwood´s Born To Boogie. Marianne and Leslie Ann loved this dog. Marianne spoke with “Boogie” owners & breeders Hales. So they ended up exporting “Boogie” to me. AM Ch Wyndwood Born To Boogie was also a wonderfull personality and great showdog. He moved with perfect silhouette and his carriage was unreal. His coat texture was unique. He became Multi BEST in SHOW-winner in Europe as I cambained him early 1990´s. I mated Ch Brittborgens Etana with “Boogie” and in my second litter I got my first very own bred lhasa champion. Fin Ch Chic Choix Wild O. Wilde was always handled by my niece Sari Kares who was only a child as she showed him.
For some reason some of the puppies from the same litter didn´t grow any hair to muzzle. However I did breed “Tooey” second time and this time I mated her with “Boogie”. Most of the puppies didn´t have any hair in muzzle either. So I didn´t continue or showed any of them. I was very disappointed and knew I must do something about it. So I started to look new material to work with. I was very pleased with what I had but I needed something more.
Finding something new, Hylan Sho Tru
1991 I went to USA to find new material to work with. I visited many kennels. However it was in California where I found “gold”. At Hy Lan Sho Tru kennels I saw some very interesting lhasas. Specially I fell in love to Am Ch Hylan-Orlane Snow Bird. I had seen her litter sister in UK namely BIS GB Ch Orlane´s Luck Be A Lady owned & handled by Clive Harrolds. Late Midge Hylton was a wonderfull lady who owned Snow-Bird with Pat Keen who always handled the dogs. I stayed two weeks with Midge Hylton and Pat Keen and I learned a lot. Snow-Bird had a litter on the ground. This was one of the reasons I was in USA. She was mated with BISS AM Ch Hylan Sho Tru Tak´M By-Storm. He again was son of famous top producer Am Ch Orlane´s Scirocco.
There were several females in the litter and there was one I knew is going for sure to have strong underjaw enough to Europe. I also loved her profile, she had wonderfull neck and arch. She also was shorter in body and she had straightest frontlegs in the world. Straight frontlegs were very rare those days ,specially in Europe. So Hylan Sho Tru Bye Bye Birdy came with me to Finland. I was happiest person in the world as I knew I had a new bitchline to start with in Europe. How right I was…..
This little 3 months old puppy “Maire” would become legendary producer and truly a foundation female for my legendary Birdy bitchline. She was strong in back, wide and powerfull. She had short nose and strong skull, ut everythingelse in her I just loved. She was cream in colour and her coat texture was perfect. She was also ideal in size. Later she became BIG-pl. Int & Fin & S & N & Est Ch Hylan Sho Tru Bye Bye Birdy. She also become mother of over 10 champions and some BEST in SHOW-winners.
I also imported cream female Hylan Sho Tru Summer Breez and Namaste Hylan Sho Tru Austin from Midge and Pat. I finished Austin easily but Summer Breez I never showed. For various reasons they never had any importance in my breeding programme. I never used Austin for breeding myself and Summer Breez didn´t produce what I was looking for.
New visit with San Jo also, co-operation geting stronger.
Later same year 1991 I also visited San Jo kennels. There I saw big particolour male that took my breath away. Leslie Ann told he is too big for showing but his movement is unreal. When Leslie Ann took this dog to lead and started to show I was simply breathless. I hadn´t seen anything like that ever before with lhasas. This big parti colour dog had the best movement I had ever seen with lhasa apso. He had reach and drive unreal. I knew from that moment he would be the male for my Chic Choix Blackberi Blues. I was so happy to have San Jo´s Party Popper (Am Ch Barjea ´s Rhett Butler x Am Ch San Jo Wellington Chatterbox). I couldn´t show him as he was too big but I knew this was a stud dog to die for and specially I knew mated to Chic Choix Blackberi Blues I would hit a goldmine. From the same trip I also imported copper colour female San Jo´s Ooh La La. She become very nice classical show girl winning BOB and BIG 2 under year of age in Helsinki international. She became BIG-pl Ch San Jo´s Ooh La La.
Legend is born, Chic Choix Ashley Wilkes.
As soon as I was back in Finland and “Elli” had her season she was mated with “Popper”. O´boy was I right. That litter was a dream come true. First puppy that was born was perfectly marked white & black male “Eemeli” (Emil) like the famous Astrid Lindgren´s book of this wicked and wild boy. This male had a spirit and vitality from the moment he was born. I knew he is something special. Also other male was born aswell as particolour female. Female ended up having sciccorbite but boys were looking wonderfull specially “Eemeli”. He become later Multi BISS Int & Fin & Am & S & N & DK & Est Ch, FinW-94-95 Chic Choix Ashley Wilkes. His litter brother finished also by storm. As I cambained “Eemeli” heavily there really was not room for Rhett Butler. However Ch Chic Choix Rhett Buttler finished easily with group placement.
Ashley Wilkes became something very very special. His head was to die for. His colour was like painted and he was like piece of art. What was best about him was his movement. He has one of the best reach in front you can see with a lhasa apso. As he was judged by late Jean Blythe (Saxonsprings) in Finland. She gave him BOB in Helsinki International. Later Jean wanted so much to have Ashley to England, but I couldn´t let him go by then. “Eemeli” had also temperament to die for.
Just about year before “Eemeli” visited in USA with Marianne Nixon. Marianne Nixon came Finland to judge and as she saw “Eemeli” wanted she to have him for a visit to USA. Ashley finished easily with specialty 5 point majors. Marianne loved “Eemeli”. There was also “Eemeli´s “ very first litter on the ground as Marianne Nixon stayed in my house 1993. Bye Bye Birdy had her first puppies sired by him. Marianne realized how good the puppies were.
Ashley Wilkes was a great producer, giving his attitude, movement and head to his puppies. His front was unique. He as his sire Popper also had perfect backlegs. First and second tight were equal in length and they were perfectly angulated. His weakness was his coat that was massive but softer than ideal. So his coat wasn´t easy to maintain. However he was blooming in condition and he won many groups and BEST in SHOW -placemnents and specialty BEST in SHOWs. He is said to be one of the greatest particolours ever. Also other English specialist fell in love to him. Late Jim Bainbridge judged the specialty and gave BOB to him. Jim also wanted so much to have “Eemeli” with him to UK. He also told like Jean Blyth that this dog would finish his title in UK by storm.
As is seen, Ashley Wilkes was a great producer and even if I kept him private stud only he produced 16 champions in his few litters. My Bye Bye Birdy produced several nice females with him. The most important of them being Multi BIG-pl. Int & Fin & AM & S & N Ch, FinW-98 Chic Choix Twelveoak´s Lady aka “Pioni” . She was a wonderful lhasa apso female, a perfect combination from her sire and dam. It was a total outcross litter but the type was there. She had also two champion sisters Ch Chic Choix India Wilkes who became foundation bitch of Vaisas lhasa apsos in Finland for family Vallila. Other sister Ch Chic Choix Vivien Leigh I kept in co-ownership.
Later I also imported one of my all time favourites from San Jo Marianne Nixon and Leslie Ann Engen let me have wonderfull Multi BIS & BISS AM & Fin Ch San Jo Zhantor Joint Venture aka “Reefer”. His head is one of the best lhasa apso heads I have ever seen. His coat was magnificent. He won BEST iN SHOWs in USA and Europe. I loved this fellow and he is also behind Ashely Wilkes as he was my “Tooey” sire. “Reefer” was my dearest pal. He slept his nights in our bedroom and he shared life´s ups and downs with me. I loved this dog so much. The day he died was one of the saddest days of my life. He was something very very special and dear.
Early 1990´s I also imported with late Timo Tormi from Pat Keen and Midge Hylton AM & Fin Ch Hylan Sho Tru Maverick to Finland and I finished him with a group-placement in Helsinki International. Later we also imported BIG-pl. Ch Hylan Hoshira Sho Tru Tunar to Finland later cambaigned by Hanna Niemi. These dogs didn´t have much importance in my breeding programme. However Tunar mated Ooh La La and that produced Ch Chic Choix San Jo Serenade. Beautiful top winning bitch BIG-winning Int & Fin & S & N & Spa & Est Ch, Fin JW-99 & W-03 Chic Choix San Jo Sunshine is her grand daughter.
Mid 1990´s I also imported other great male from San Jo namely Multi BIG-winning Int & Fin & Am & Can & S & N & DK Ch San Jo´s All Gussied Up. He was tall but handsome dog. He was a great showman. Later he went to live with Clara Bork-Borum in Denmark and she did a wonderful job with “Gus” winning a lot with him. He became one of the top winning veterans in all breeds in Denmark. As “Gus” mated Hylan Sho Tru Summer Breez I kept one wonderfull cream male with me. He had the straightest frontlegs in the world and he was a wonderfull mover. Ch Chic Choix Snowmobile was a stunning male finishing his title by strom.
Again, when I visited USA I fell in love to Multi BIS & BISS AM Ch San Jo´s Shutter Bug. This female is one of the best lhasa apsos I have ever seen. She was a dream come true. Before “Gus” came to Finland this beautiful female was bred to him. This combination produced stunning male Ch San Jo Shutterspeed aka “Speedy”.
1994 I also mated Ch Brittborgens Etana and she was mated with Ashley Wilkes. This combination produced one of my alltime favourites and the all time top winning Finish particolour lhasa apso namely Multi BEST in SHOW winning Int & Fin & S & N Ch, FinW-98-99-00-01 Chic Choix Parti Dude. This male was ideal in size and his movement and attitude was to die for. His coat texture was also simply perfect. He was also very nicely marked. He won many BIS and gropus in his life and he was gentleman and a true show dog. He was a true super star and he had lot admirers around the rings. He also had a nice sister Multi BIG-pl. Ch Chic Choix Parti Gal Sal.
I also mated Blacberi Blues second time and that produced handsome particolour male Ch Chic Choix Hairy Hooligan. Ashley and Bye Bye Birdy litter was done other time and it produced again all champion litter Ch Chic Choix Laura Ashley and Ch Chic Choix Molly O´Hara.
More of Kinderland Ta Sen influence
It was about 1992 I got more and more interested about Kinderland Ta Sen lhasa apsos in USA. This team also had legendary producer Am & Can Ch Orlane´s Scirocco whose sire was their own breeding cream dog Am Ch Kinderland Ta Sen Dakini. Kinderland was one of the oldest lhasa apso kennels in the world bred by Ellen Lonigro. Later her dogs were handled by Susan Giles and she continued Ellen´s work. Susan had Ta Sen prefix. Together Ellen & Susan bred some wonderfull dogs that had very nice shape. I was a great admirer of bitchlines and Ellen and Susan had a legendary bitch that was a legendary producer Kinderland Ta Sen Isis that produced some very nice lhasas.
I decided I would want to have something from this famous tradition. Kinderland Ta Sen lhasas also had very nice straight front legs and very nice profiles. Often their heads were longer in form and I needed that since I started with short headed Bye Bye Birdy and “Buster”. It was a right choice as Kinderland Ta Sen dogs have indeed helped me to improve the heads.
First dog I leased from them was BIG-pl. Am & Fin Ch Kinderland Ta Sen Rockefeller. He had wonderful head and he was effortless mover. I mated Bye Bye Birdy with him and I let Annika Ulltveit-Moe have Birdy in whelp. That combination produced legendary winner Multi BIS Int & Multi Ch Whisborne Braveheart. His littersister has also been influencal broodbitch in Sweden.
Mid 1990´s, Lynn Lowy and Marlo kennels legacy
Lynn was one of the admirers of legendary “Eemeli”. She couldn´t wait to have a litter from him! Lynn had a wonderful female Am Ch Marlo Something Else aka “Spiffy” classical bitch that is one of my all time favourites. Lynn had her daughter that she wanted to breed to “Eemeli”. So she sent Jessica over to be bred. Later a terrible thing happened and Lynn Lowy died in a tragical car accident and so Marlo Something Jessica ended up staying in Finland. I bred Jessica to Ashley brother Rhett Butler. That combination produced two wonderful dogs, but the bitch died in an accident in her co-owners home. The male in the litter became a wonderful show man. Multi BISS & Multi BIG-winning Int & Fin & S & N & DK & Est Ch, FinW-02-04 Chic Choix Marlon Brando. He has won so much and he has been even as a veteran one of the top winning veterans in the country. He lives with Sini Rantanen (later Sievola) in kennel Nice Choice. Marlo has movement to die for and his coat texture is unique – simply perfect.
The very same year another legend was to be born. Ashley and Birdy daughter Ch Chic Choix Vivien Leigh was bred to one of my Finish favourites Int Ch Daragoj Popcorn. Eeva Resko , Daragoj kennel imported 1980´s a wonderful bitch from Orlane kennel, USA. This bitch BIG-winning Ch Orlane´s Shakara had most beautiful outlines and coat texture. Eeva mated Shakara in Denmark with dog of the year in DK namely Multi BIS & BISS Int & Multi Ch Saxonsprings Famous Flier who was litter brother to Saxonsprings Fol-De-Rol. So Famous Flier was half-brother and half-sister mating to legendary winner and producer Multi BIS AM & GB CH Orlane´s Intrepid. This is another dog bred by Joan Kendall and Linda Kendall-Smith, Orlane lhasas.
Shakara produced a nice litter and Eeva kept herself a bitch Daragoj Touch of Magic who remained so much of my Blackberi Blues. Later Eeva leased from USA from Beverly Drake top winning Multi BISS AM & Can & Fin Ch Misti Acre´s Kopper Penny. His sire being one of my all time parti colours Multi BIS & BISS AM & Can Ch Misti´s Play It Again Sam. Eeva mated Touch of Class with Kopper Penny and that produced a great litter from where Popcorn was my favourite of them. Popcorn and Vivien Leigh produced Multi BISS Int & Fin & Am & Can & S & N & Est & It Ch Chic Choix Jeffersson Davis who lives with Grete Arnesen in Norway, Lowebo kennel. Jeffersson Davis visited also San Jo in USA and in Dell Alberico in Italy. He has been very influential stud dog around the world. He has produced many top winners around the world and he can be found in many pedigrees like Ashley Wilkes.
Rockefeller went back to USA. Then I found even better lhasa bred by Susan and Ellen. This dog had a pedigree simply perfect for my dogs. Ellen and Susan bred the legendary producer Kinderland Ta Sen Isis to my parti colour favourite, that was already in my pedigrees Multi BIS & BISS Am Ch Misti´s Play It Again Sam. That litter produced wonderful dogs for Kinderland Ta Sen. One of them being great brood bitch AM Ch Kinderland Ta Sen Candy Tuft. As she was mated to Am & Can Ch Orlane´s Scirocco it really produced golden eggs for Ellen and Susan. There were several top winners from this combination. My favourite being BISS & Multi BIG-winning Am & Can & Fin Ch Kinderland Ta Sen Tip O´Th Rock. This dog had a front unreal. He has so clean shoulders that is still a miracle. His front legs were straightest in the world. He was all cream and his neck was superior. “Tipster” still has perhaps the best front I have ever seen with lhasa apso. His head was longer and that was just what I needed. His eyes were small and ideal in shape. He also had a wonderful personality. His bite was scissors so I never couldn´t show him a lot in Europe but I loved him a lot. He has such important role in my breeding and I never can´t thank Susan & Ellen enough to letting me have him here.
His first mating was as he mated Bye Bye Birdy. That combination produced wonderful female BIG-pl Int & Fin & AM & Pl Ch Chic Choix Ta Sen Showwind, who later died in dramatic accident with her co-owner. It was such a tragedy. However “Tipster” produced me a litter later on that gave me everything I wanted and from there he continues in Chic Choix breeding strongly.
Year later another dream came true. Thie earlier mentioned Gus x Shutter Bug baby wonderful “Speedy” boy came to live with me. Leslie Ann and Marianne sent me this wonderful male Multi BIG-winning Am & Can CH San Jo´s Shutter Speed. I cambaigned him with great results and he became top winner Multi BIS & BISS Int & Fin & Am & S & N & DK & Can Ch, FinW-97 San Jo´s Shutter Speed. He lived rest of his life sleeping in my bed and he is personality wise also one of my all time favourites. I m so happy to have this great dog in some of my pedigrees. This is a dog I truly loved and our personalities matched so well.
I choose “Speedy” as a sire for Bye Bye Birdy final litter. This was a wonderfull combination producing all champion litter. Males Ch Chic Choix Ollie Takes Two and Ch Chic Choix Lights Are Out finished easily. My mother kept only bitch in the litter BIG-winning Int & Multi Ch Chic Choix The Ultimate aka “Olivia”. After a tragic death of my mother my father kept “Olivia” in coat and we finished her International title with a group win. However I would have never believed my father took care a lhasa coat by himself. However after finishing her Int Ch title Olivia was cut down and she lives with my father as beloved family member and shows or breeding are out of question with this great personality. We are so proud about great characters of our lhasas. We want very much to protect their personalities and top temperaments. That will always be our important goal. Lhasas have to be highly intelligent and noble Tibetan dogs. That is important heritage to take care.
I co-owned several dogs starting from Int & Multi Ch Chic Choix Tweleveoak´s Lady with wonderful finish family Hartto. Mr and Mrs Hartto have had several dogs together with me. They always took excellent care of the coats and I could use the dogs for breeding. So I suggested that we could send Twelveoak´s Lady to Susan in USA. She finished her title easily and she got a litter in USA with Susan. Later she was bred with young Am CH Kinderland Ta Sen Jony Carsson (linebred to Scirocco) and came back to Finland in whelp. She gave a birth two really nice females Ch Chic Choix Ta Sen Magnolia and Ch Chic Choix Ellen O´Hara who has been very important female in our breeding programme. Both bitchies finished in minimum show by strom. Ellen O´Hara lives with family Hartto. Mr. Markku Hartto has also been one of my best friends ever. Unfortunately Mr. Markku Hartto past a way and he is greatly missed. He and his wife Mrs. Riitta Hartto have done so much for betterment of the lhasas in Finland. Riitta still has Ellen O´hara with her.
Year later I also imported Hamilton dogs to Finland but for various reasons I didn´t continue breeding with them. 1998 I mated Marlo Something Jessica second time. I mated her with a son of Ashley Wilkes, Multi BIS & BISS Int CH Chic Choix Parti Dude. There was only two puppies in the litter and they both finished easily. Both were parti colours, the male BIS Fin & Am & S & Est Ch Chic Choix Some Marlo Parti is handsome little dog ideal in size and colour. His litter sister Fin Ch Chic Choix Somethin Spiffy continues unique Marlo bitch line here at Chic Choix. She was later bred to my favourite Speedy to produce all Abbotsford litter. From that litter I had in co-ownership with Jaana Nikkanen, Heart-Breaker kennel famous bitch BISS & BIG-winning Int & Fin & S & N &Est & Lv Ch Karafill Chic Choix Nova.
Year later 1999 very important litter was to be born. I wanted to do line breeding by myself to famous Am & Can Ch Orlane´s Scirocco mixed with my own lines. So I mated Ch Chic Choix Ellen O´Hara with BISS Am & Can & Fin Ch Kinderland Ta Sen Tip O´Th Rock. It produced nice male BIG-pl. Ch Chic Choix Ta Sen Emperor and nice female Fin & S & Est Ch Chic Choix Ellen O´Ellen – the other sister being one of my favourites BISS & BIG-pl. Int & Fin & Am & DK & S & Est & LV Ch Chic Choix Ta Sen Estella. This female makes silhouette and picture admired by so many people around the world. Her head is perfect with small dark eyes like her sire “Tipster”. Needless to say she has straightest front legs in the world as even one judge has said. Estella coat texture is perfect in quality and so nice in colour. I simply love this bitch and her temperament is just wonderful. She has been important bitch in our breeding programme.
We also took Tweleveoaks´s Lady son from Susan to Finland. “Pioni” was mated with Tipster litter brother and we took Multi BIG-winning Int & Fin & Am & Est Ch Ta Sen Victory Chic Choix Shoe to Finland. He has done very well in shows and have won many groups. He has sired also some nice puppies like as mated with Ellen O´Hara sister Ch Chic Choix Ta Sen Magnolia we got nice Am & Fin Ch Chic Choix Cream Puff Puff.
We also had a parti colour visitor from Italy with lot of Marlo lines in him. Our friend Stefano Paolantoni, Dell Alberico kennel sent Int & it Ch Cadeau Dell Alberico to Finland. We finished his Int Ch title and used him twice for breeding. He produced 5 puppies at Chic Choix and we finished 4 of them like Ch Chic Choix So What Scarlet who can be seen in many pedigrees in UK, USA and Canada. Her sisters Ch Chic Choix Shiny Crianzas and Ch Chic Choix Ta Sen Somelady also finished easily.
In the turn of Millenium I mated Fin & S & Est Ch Chic Choix Ellen O ´Hara with Multi BIS Int Ch Chic Choix Parti Dude. That produced handsome bluebrindle male Multi BIG-winning Fin & S & Est & Lit & LV & Rus Ch Chic Choix Candy Cane who now lives in Sweden with Ingela & Sten Löfgren in Stings kennel. Ellen O´Hara daughter Fin & S & Est Ch Chic Choix Ellen O´Ellen was mated with Italian Int & Multi Ch Zucchero Caramellato dell Alberico and that produced Fin Ch Chic Choix Gail Devers.
After the turn of Millenium I imported interesting male from Roberta Lombardi, Rufkins kennel from California, USA. Multi BIS Int & Fin & AM & S & Est Ch Rufkins Smokin In The Boys Room came to Finland. He finished his titles by strom. He mated Estella and that produced Int & Fin & Est Ch Chic Choix Rules For Fools. I mated Estella sister Ellen too and that produced BISS Int & Fin & Est Ch Chic Choix Saharan Strom. At time being these dogs haven´t had importance in our breeding programme.
Year 2003 we hadn´t any lhasa litters at all. Following year we hit the goldmine. One winter night driving home from the seaside it hit me. I wasn´t pleased with first Estella litter, but now I knew what to do. Marja Törmå, Benefic kennel in Finland had Int Ch Daragoj Popcorn daughter who had very nice silhouette Int & Multi Ch Benefic Variety Queen. She was mated with handsome bit big male Daragoj Storm Warning. From that breeding Marja kept stunning male with wonderfully laid back shoulders who was linebred to famous BISS Am & Fin & Can Ch Misti Acre´s Kopper Penny. This Marja´s male Int & Fin & Est & LV Ch Benefic Solar Eclipse was the one for Estella. So next spring Estella was bred to “Solo”. I got just what I was hoping for. There were handsome boys BIG-winning Int & Fin & Am & Dk & S & Est Ch Chic Choix Southern Star, BIS Int & Fin & N & S & Blg & MCD Ch Chic Choix My Man Ashley and BIG-pl Ch Chic Choix So What Ashley. There were one black & silver female in the litter that I loved. She went to live in co-ownership with my friend Kirsti Mååttånen, Panda´s kennel. This bitch is legendary producer Int & Fin & Est Ch Chic Choix Shades of Tara.
Litter dream come true:
About the same time another miracle happened. I got contact from Marianne Nixon from USA. talented breeder Mrs. Barbara Peterson , Barjea kennel was about to retire breeding. One of my most influential stud dogs was sired by Barjea dog namely San Jo´s Party Popper´s sire Am Ch Barjea Rhett Butler. Barbara wanted her famous parti coulour lhasas build on San Jo and Abbotsford tradition to be continued well. So we ended up having her great dogs to Finland. I m so proud and honoured to have these two wonderful dogs from Barbara Peterson namely respected top winner and producer Multi BIS Int & Fin & Am & Est & LV Ch & EW-06, KBHW-07 Barjea Mai Ling Panda and young female AM Ch Barjea´s Sawyer. These dogs have had such important role in our modern breeding and we are ever so greatful to continue unique San Jo and Abbotsford traditions here at Chic Choix.
It was at the same time I was desperately looking high quality parti colour material to work with. Barjea dogs were more than I dreamed about. I thought without a doubt that Panda was top winning and best parti colour dog in USA that time. I couldn´t even imagine to have him here, but the miracle happened and he came to Chic Choix team. Panda sire is handsome red male that has many good qualities. Sawyer mother was also my favourite of Barbara´s bitchies namely BIG-winning Am Ch Barjea Cat On A Hot Tn´Roof. Sawyer sire is litter brother to Panda. Before Panda came to Finland she mated Ch Chic Choix So What Scarlet in USA and produced wonderful litter. Therefore we all knew these dogs will match the material I have here in Finland. This was so true.
About the same time one more miracle happened. I went to UK to judge open show. By accident I went to visit my friend Jenni Savolainen who moved to UK. Year before that in UK I saw some lhasas to catch my eye. I realized they all had a same sire BISS GB Ch Kutani Reckless bred and owned by Mrs. Wendy Cain, Kutani kennel. So we decided with Jenni to visit Wendy Cain. As I saw Reckless aka “JK” I couldn´t believe my eyes. It was like the moment I saw San Jo´s Party Popper. I knew this male is match made for my females. I knew this dog is stud dog of the century. I loved him. In that same heart beat I knew I must have this dog to Finland. What is so special with JK is his wonderful topline and carriage. He moves effortless and keep his topline perfectly in action. His head is also nice and bite is perfect. He does have also very nice coat texture. Soon after the arrangements were done and this handsome ,sweet boy came to live with me. He has been pleasure to show, his attitude is unreal he is a real lhasa yet real show machine. This is quality Kutani lhasas are known for – they show better than anything.
JK won groups in 4 different countries and became top lhasa in Finland easily . He has also been top lhasa in UK as well as top stud dog. He has won big specialty BISS and group in UK too. I m so greatful to have this wonderful dog I Finland. He is now a days Multi BIS & BIG-winning Int & Fin & GB & S & DK & N & Est & Am Ch , FinW-05 Kutani Reckless.
What is best about this all is that he has been just the stud dog I knew from the very beginning. He is perfect male for my lhasas. They combine each others unique way producing super type with inbreeding index 0. We also got a wonderful female from Susan Giles, who has same pedigree as Int Ch Chic Choix Ta Sen Estella namely Int & Fin & Am & Est Ch Ta Sen Chic Choix Little Bit Tipsy. She also have a brother in Australia that has won many all breed BEST in SHOW´s.
Panda´s & JK´s first litters in Finland showed us the way
2005 I used Panda first time for breeding to BISS, BIG-winning Int Ch Karafill Chic Choix Nova. I got again Jackpot litter. They all were parti colour white & blacks, with wonderful markings. There is a male that I love BIS Fin & S & N & Est Ch Chic Choix In Parti Cular. There is also two wonderful sisters Int & Fin & Est Ch Chic Choix Surprise Parti and Fin & LV & Est Ch Chic Choix Parti On Barjea.
Same year I also mated another Speedy daughter BIG-winning Ch Heart Breaker Aim N High with JK. That produced great litter including famous male Multi BIS & BISS Int & Fin & S & Est Ch Chic Choix Touch of Class and a female in Norway Multi BIS BISS Int & N & S & Dk & Fin Ch Chic Choix High Class. Later the same year Am Ch Barjea´s Sawyer was mated with JK. That produced nice females and we kept our selves Multi Ch Chic Choix Shameless who has magnificent movements.
Following year we hit the goldmine again. This was a litter I was waiting so much. I could breed first time Estella daughter from that wonderful litter with “Solo”. It was clear that Int Ch Chic Choix Shades of Tara was mated with “JK”. This litter has been every breeders dream come true. This combination combines the very best Scandinavian, English and American lhasas. This is the result of hard work, studies and luck. This wonderful litter had five puppies. There is two males. One of them is the breed legend who won Helsinki international BEST iN SHOW over 9.000 dogs at 2008. He has won also 20 other all breed BEST iN SHOW and he is champion in over 15 countries. He is Multi BIS & BISS Multi Ch Chic Choix Sky´s The Limit. Who lives with his talented owner handler Lauryna Rubikaite in Lithuania.
The other four in the litter are BIG-winning Fin & S & Est & LV & Lit Ch Chic Choix Stop and Stare and his sisters BIS Int & Fin & S & Am & Est Ch Chic Choix Chic Is It, Int & Fin & Am & Dk & Est Ch Chic Choix Ta Sen Savannah and Int & Fin & Blr & DK & N Ch Chic Choix Dare to Stare.
Sawyer was bred to BIG-winning Int & Fin & AM & Dk & S & Est Ch Chic Choix Southern Star that combination produced several future winners. One of them is JW-07 Chic Choix Stars Over Tara. She was bred late 2008 with Panda and that litter produced again new potential stars. Shameless was bred to Panda and that produced two top winners Multi BIS Bra Ch Chic Choix Parti Parade and BIG-winning Am Ch Chic Choix Adrenalin Rush.
Int Ch Ta Sen Chic Choix Little Bit Tipsy also got a wonderful litter with Jk and produced BISS Multi Ch Chic Choix ta Sen Knockout and Int & Fin & Est & LV & Lit Ch JWW-08 & EJW-08 Chic Choix Ta Sen Kinetic and AM Ch Chic Choix Kopy Kat.
Int Ch Chic Choix Surprise Parti was bred to JK. That combination produced again 7 potential top winners and we are so proud to continue the tradition with them. Here are some photos of those future promises… This is again total outcross and these valuable dogs can be bred again back to Abbotsford side or/and something totally new giving their new qualities to new interesting lines.
Here are the babies from JK & Surprise Parti litter:
This litter turned out sensational indeed. In Finland we have stunning male BIG-winning Int & Fin & N & Est Ch Chic Choix Parti Alexander. He has been phenomenal stud dog and he has some superior qualities rarely seen these days. We are specially thrilled as he seems to produce those qualities to his babies. His litter brother BIS winning Ch Chic Choix The Partisan has won all breed BEST iN SHOW and is now in Australia together with his another full brother and top producer Chic Choix The Sunking. These boys also have stunning sister Fin & AM & DK Ch Chic Choix Faith Hope Love who went best of winners at American Lhasa Apso Club National Specialty 2009.
Shortening the loins
During 2007-2008 we also got couple really interesting imports. We imported two interesting dogs from Orlane kennels. I was very worried about lhasas getting longer and longer. Specially the loins with lhasa apsos is a weak point. True sound dog should never have a long loin. Unfortunately you can see that more and more with our beloved breed. This was one of the reason I decided that dogs from Orlane would be very helpful. I needed something new but I did not want to get longer dogs. Orlane dogs are known for their short loins. I visited Linda Kendall-Smith in February 2008 and I could see all her dogs. The temperaments were also wonderful which is always our top priority. I specially fell in love with two lhasas and they travelled with me to Finland. I m grateful to Linda and Joan to let these two wonderful individuals come to us. I leased a stunning dog AM Ch Orlane´s Turn Back Time. His movement was something very very special. He also had wonderful reach in front too rarely seen in our breed. Needless to say his topline was very Orlane and he does have ideal loin. Then we also got female Am Ch Orlane´s Discovery who then got her very first litter here at Chic Choix. “Desi” represents Orlane at very best, her profile is outstanding and her loin is superior. She has also perfect size and very good coat texture. Both dogs have also wonderful reverse scissors bites. Both of these dogs also had pedigrees to die for – all those wonderful Orlane dogs behind them that I was hoping for.
We also leased new bitch from Susan Giles & Cindy Shenert, Westgate lhasas Am Ch Ta Sen Westgate Flying-High. She took European rings by strom and finished her national and Int Ch titles easily with a group placements. She also got a litter with Am Ch Orlane´s Turn Back Time. Fly-Fly movement was spectacular, she also had that reach and drive that every lhasa should have. Fly-Fly was daughter of BIS & BISS Am Ch Ta Sev Victory Peyote one of our favourites . Fly-Fly had also short hard solid loin.
Same time we had talented girl Meg visiting from Poland. She also had visited Canada year before and she learn to know family Graves and Tru Blu lhasas. Neil and Wendy Graves wanted to share their Canadian treasure BIG-winning Can Ch Tru Blu Boston Cream Pie whose grandmother is breathtaking Multi BIS & BISS Can & Am Ch Tru Blu Crespen. She got a litter with JK, breeding that I absolutely wanted to do. After the maternal duties Bhu will start show career in Europe. We have again one more outstanding bitch line to work with. She should also be wonderful start for Meg with her lhasa apso breeding.
BIS Int Ch Chic Choix Chic Is It was mated with Multi BIS-winning Int & Fin & Am Ch Chic Choix Adrenalin Rush. This combination produced three BEST in SHOW-winners . We specially love BISS Ch Chic Choix Just So Chic. Flying-High was mated with Tim and this produced great brothers Am Ch Chic Choix Ta Sen Sky Fly and BIG-pl. Fin & AM & Thai Ch Chic Choix Tasen Moon Fly.
We also mated World Winner 2010 Int & Multi Ch Chic Choix Southern Star daughter with our legendary Panda. This litter produced stunning parti colour puppies. Fin Ch Chic Choix Majestic Parti has done well. His litter sister is BIS-winning Ch Chic Choix Starlight Parti. She was again bred to Sky´s The Limit and there we had interesting puppies growing up, like Ch Chic Choix Maybelle Merriweather. Turn of new decade 2010 we were luckier than ever with our litters. We produced some phenomenal individuals and we have such a large group of top promising lhasas to continue with.
With our new imports and some 30 youngsters we have growing up the future looks interesting indeed. We had never had so much good material to work with than in the turn of the new decade. Lhasa apsos need now high quality breeding more than ever. We try to do our very best taking care of the genetical variation of the breed in the future too.
We imported late 2010 two very interesting new lhasas from Barbo kennel from USA. Barbo Annie Oakley O Chic Choix and Barbo Daniel Boone O Chic Choix are much needed new particolor material to work with. We are so thankful for Barbara and Bob Prenger to have these two great lhasas. We also leased from Sweden really stunning top winner and producer Multi BIG-winning Nord Ch Whisborne Porthos. Bitchline behind this stunning dog is going back to our own legendary Int & Multi Ch hylan Sho Tru Bye Bye Birdy.
Legendary Panda also mated daughter of JK and Canadian Bhu and these puppies looks stunning. Sky´s The Limit mated our Italian import Angie´s Black Beauty (who has Jeffersson Davis behind her) and these babies look superior indeed. BIS Ch Chic Choix In Parti Cular and Int Ch Chic Choix Shades of Tara daughter Chic Choix Star Secret was also mated with Parti Alexander and from that breeding there is some interesting puppies to follow in near future…
Most interesting litter born during 2009 -2010 were when Multi BIS Int & Multi Ch Chic Choix Adrenalin Rush mated Ch Chic Choix Julia Augusti. From this litters we got special lhasas growing up in a team and around the world, like Ch Chic Choix Venus Felix and Chic Choix Pax Romana, who visited for two years in USA with Tia Mclaughlin & Ann Lanterman, Kumi Kian lhasa apsos. “Panu” was very influential dog for their future breeding – producing for example a top female, Westminster KC BOB and ALAC Specialty BIS GCh Kumi Kian Material Girl.
Top producer Int Ch Chic Choix Shades of Tara was mated with Parti Alexander. From that breeding we have couple really stunning puppies growing up. Here we represent one of them namely Chic Choix Olivia de Havilland. Parti Alexander also mated daughter of Multi BIS Int & Multi Ch Chic Choix High Class daughter Fin & S & N Ch Tza-Ma Hannah Montana, and that litter produced 5 puppies that we believed would be turning some heads in the future.
We were not wrong in this either. Litter pictured above includes females Chic Choix Cleopatra Eurydice and Chic Choix Roxana At Tza-ma, and the brothers Chic Choix Alexander The Great, Chic Choix Gordian Knot and Chic Choix Cilican Gates. This litter has done some history in our breed. We kept two of them in Finland . Multi winners Chic Choix Alexander The Great and his litter sister BISS & BIG-winning Chic Choix Cleopatra Eurydice are already legendary winners in early age. They represent our classical golden breeding at it´s best.
2010 it was time to think about the future. We imported 4 new lhasas from two different respected American breeders. We took two parti color puppies from Barbo kennel. Specially the girl Barbo´s Annie Oakley O´Chic Choix is developing well. We also imported two legends from Ann Lantermann and Tia McLaughling who continue San Jo tradition is USA under Kumi Kian name. We were so honored to get two very best from them. We were specially delighted to import superior stud dog BIG-win. AM & Can Ch Kumi Kian Simply Irresistible aka Reese. His sire is particolor white & black AM Ch San Jo´s Poker Party who is Int & Multi Ch Chic Choix Twelveoak´s Lady grandson. Reese mother is absolutely beautiful Multi BIS & BISS Am & Can Ch Kumi Kian Daisymae Or May Not. Reese is producing golden eggs with our females.
We also imported wonderful female BISS AM Ch Kumi Kian Sugar Coated who we hope to mate once berfore her retirement. She is classical fine lhasa apso in every detail. Our wonderful five puppies by Parti Alexander x Hannah Montana have grown up.
Our other lines are also doing well and we hope to mix them in to our main line. AM Ch Orlane´s Discovery first son BIS & BISS Multi Ch Chic Choix Orlane Insider is doing well. This stallion alike handsome boy is cambained heavily and his first puppies are very promising indeed. His sister Chic Choix Orlane Indeed was bred to Parti Alexander and we kept parti girl Chic Choix Peppermint Parti from that breeding.
Dog breeding is also about memorable days. We sure had one of those days in December 4:th 2011. That was day for our favourite show Helsinki International Finnish Winner Show which is one of the best and biggest dog shows in the world. We had BOB and BOS with lhasas. Later Multi BIS Int Ch Chic Choix Adrenalin Rush won the group 1. Soon after that our lhasas breeder group won BEST in SHOW under Hans Lehtinen. On a same venue Ross was crowned as Top Dog of The Year in Finland (all breeds). Soon after that Multi BIS Int Ch Chic Choix Adrenalin Rush won BEST in SHOW under Ferelith Somerfield. That day was day to remember. Enjoy the moment with us and watch a video!
Reese aka BIG-win. AM & Can Ch Kumi Kian Simply Irresistiple first litter in Finland was with Cassina daughter Chic Choix The Girl of Mystery. There were seven puppies in the litter and we do have every reason to belive that we will hear a lot about these puppies later on. At the begin of 2012 we have nice collection of lhasas and lot of new material to work with.
To be continued…