My name is Erika Häkkinen and I live in Lahti, at the Souhtern Finland. My family is me and dogs.
I have almost always had dogs, first one was mix breed spitz, half Finnish spitz and half keeshond. My first pure bred dog in my teenage was rottweiler. After that my childhood home had leonbergers. When I moved away and thought what breed would be mine I came a cross akitas an old dogbook. Had to find out more about this breed and I feld in love!:-)
I bought my first one from Sweden 1998, it was American type, male Okami's Fabulously Faithful a.k.a Kuma. My second one came from U.K. bitch Overhills Tax Exile a.k.a Keiko who was that kind a dog which you can own just once in the lifetime, still miss her and big thanks to Meg Purnell-Carpenter for having her. I have also had 2 corgis, pembrokes. First one came to me in 2001 from my friend Jari Partanen Wanted kennel, Wanted Annie Oakley a.k.a Helga and when she got puppies I left one for home Great Flame's Wanna Be Wanted a.k.a Iiris. Next American akita came also from Meg, Overhills Sporty Spice a.k.a Spice who was a lovely brindle bitch and lived her hole life with me. I kept Spice's daughter, Great Flame's Fear This Beauty a.k.a Silver and of her first litter I kept her son Great Flame's No One Like You a.k.a Bentley and he lives with his co-owner Riina Haapakallio, kennel Jikino Kensha, near by me. Silver's other litter I kept a daughter Great Flame's Shape Of Perfection a.k.a Doris who lives and co-owns Jenni Holopainen, kennel Icy Star's & Jarmo Leppänen, near by me. I also have japanese akitas, Fireball Of Wolf Point a.k.a Kaya, who lives with me and co-owns Riina Haapakallio, kennel Jikino Kensha. Our newest addition are japanese akita Ryuukita Hoshiko No Otame a.k.a Touya who lives and co-owns Riina Haapakallio kennel Jikino Kensha and american akita Great Flame's Shut Up And Kiss Me a.k.a Faye.
I'm impassioned with these two magnificent breeds, just love them :-). I'm also one of Finnish American Akita club founder member. I also graduate as an judge, passed exam for American akitas on May 2014 and for Japanese akitas same year in September. I got an honor to became first breeder judge for American akitas in Finland.