to visit IROKON ROUGH COLLIES in Finland!
We aim to breed to the standard, trying to improve
something in every litter and to keep the focus firmly on temperaments
and sound physique.
collie arrived in our
family in 1987. Kennel prefix
Irokon was registered in 1992 by my mother Eija, who bred
the first two litters before I (Johanna) was able to join the
partnership officially in 1999. Since then showing, competing and
breeding have been mostly left to me, while my parents still enjoy the
company of two collies.
foundation bitch was our
first English import FIN CH BH
Antoc Pardon Me,
a classic tricolour with excellent temperament and working
attitude. She had two litters and produced very nice offspring from
which we look forward to breed on. Together with our first male, Karion
King The Stars (pictured below), they are the basis of today's Irokon
& Irokon Nothing But Glitter, aged 7
weeks. (c) Johanna Kuusi 2011
During the years we have had the pleasure of working with many true
experts of the breed in Finland and overseas, and working dog &
training specialists alike; I owe these people a lot of knowledge and
want to say a big thank you to everyone - you know who you are!
Our sincere thanks go to Aileen Speding & Carole Smedley at
for making it all possible, and to Irma Niskanen at Karion for all the
help and advice during the important beginner years.
home of Irokon collies is located in the
village of Latovainio ("Latari"),
close to the bigger towns Forssa and Jokioinen. I live with my dogs in
a house surrounded by fields and woods, with a large fenced
and runs for the dogs. They also have a doggy house/shelter of their
own, but they live in the house as familymembers.
2018 brought me the biggest achievement of my breeding career so
far - The Finnish Kennel Club's highest accolade for quality breeding,
the Vuolasvirta award.
Our foundation: Karion
King The Stars & FI CH BH Antoc Pardon Me as a puppy, pictured
In my view, the
ideal collie is first and foremost a good mover (a correctly
collie will always move well!), has long body lines with well arched
neck and correct angulations. More important than the lenght and amount
of coat are it's colour and texture - too much is not what we want.
Important details which we wish to
establish in our collies are correctly set and well carried tail and a
true classic collie-head. We also want the details that make the
perfect expression, most importantly the medium-sized dark eyes
well-carried ears, so I guess we still have a long way to go before
"the collie of our dreams" is born.... but I'm confident that
are getting there - combining eye-catching beauty with working
capacity, intelligence and excellent physique into one perfect animal.
We believe in
traditional linebreeding, although we recognise the need to maintain
genetic diversity in our bloodlines and particularly within the whole
collie population. Pedigrees are the most important guideline in every
breeding choice, and we try to choose "the road less traveled" as much
If everything goes well, we
usually have 1 or 2 litters per year.The puppies are always much loved
and well cared for, and available only to good, loving homes with
plenty of time for the dog and genuine interest in this versatile
happy to welcome visitors to our home after a phone call or e-mail, and
my collies can be seen in shows and competitions as well as in
training. Come say hello if you are interested!
Thank you for your time and we hope
you enjoy your
I am also very interested in competing in different dog sports,
including working trials (tracking and search), agility, obedience and
rally-obedience. More than a dozen collies bred and trained by me have
achieved results in competitions, ranging from beginner level to
highest levels and breed /areal championships. In addition, 20+ others
of our breeding have gone on to collect merits for other
owners/trainers. Sound temperament and mental
capability to work are important things in our breeding program.
Afterall we believe that collie is -or should be- a working
breed! Mental traits and drives that make a good working dog
very much genetic and sadly nowadays hard to establish in our
Since 2017, my work has been 100% dogs: if you are interested in the professional side, feel free to check out Huippukoira oy Dog Sports Center - I am a self-employed professional dog trainer, groomer and consultant.
Keeping functionality in mind, one of our main goals is to breed collies
that are free from hereditary diseases.
Every litter is planned first and foremost thinking of mentality and
health issues. However, it is not the individual dogs' results as much
as knowing their pedigrees that counts.
All the health results are published, good or bad. Since 2012 we
are also using genetic testing as a tool to reduce the risk of DM and other genetic problems in our breeding.
mother FI Ch FIVW-16 BH
Irokon Starshine showing off THE movement...
below: daughter BH Irokon Obsidian showing off the WHY ;-)