About

Lumottu Rhodesian Ridgebacks is located in Porvoo, Finland. “Lumottu” means charmed in English. In the logo you can see my first rhodesian ridgeback, Eddie, working as a conductor of the famous Finnish chamber orchestra “Avanti!”.

Eddie crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2017 but will never be forgotten.

© Heikki Tuuli

The kennel was founded in 2013 and I had our first litter in December 2017. My  goal is to breed versatile, healthy and mentally balanced rhodesian ridgebacks according the breed standard. My breeding is rather small, based on quality over quantity. In our breeding I follow the guidelines and rules of the Finnish Kennel Club and the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of Finland including The Code Of Ethics. I’m a member in both organizations. I’m also a member of SUKOKA (Finnish Dog Breeder Club) and sighthound clubs Luhtilaukkaajat and Kaakkois-Suomen Vinttikoirakerho.

Our foundation bitch Hilda is co-owned with my friend Pinja. I’m very active with my dogs. I do showing, field tracking, agility, obedience and lure coursing with my own dogs. Occasionally I handle other’s dogs in shows, mostly ridgebacks but also dogs from i.e. FCI groups 5, 7 and 10. I give handling classes and field tracking training and I’ve taught some beginners in agility in our local club. I’m authorized to work as a steward in dog shows and field tracking trials. I passed the FKC Breeders Course level 1 in 2013 and level 2 in 2014 . During 2008-2014 I was a member of the board in the Ridgeback Club of Finland, and 2011-2014 I worked as chairman of the club. In the spring 2014 I had to re-allocate my time and leave this position to get more time for my dogs and to educate myself.

After 2 years of absence I returned as chairman in 2016. I’m also the representative of The Ridgeback Club Of Finland in the Finnish Kennel Club’s delegation. I regularly take part to different canine related seminars, and I’m highly interested in canine genetics and health.

Before the rhodesian ridgebacks I’ve had german shepards. As a child I didn’t have a dog of my own, but both my aunt and grandfather had dachshunds. I was more or less grown in the middle of them, among our neighbor’s dogs. In the early 80’s I was training agility with my neighbor’s salukis, years before I even had heard about the agility as a sport!

A Ridgeback to us?

If you are considering to get a rhodesian ridgeback in your family, don’t hesitate to contact me. My door is always open for people interested in the breed. I also recommend that you visit a few other kennels, dog owners, shows or perhaps lure coursing trials to meet different dogs and to see them in the action! Information about the breed, breeders and events you can find from the website of The Ridgeback Club of Finland. You might also want to read the Breeding Strategy JTO (unfortunately only in Finnish), which provides for example knowledge of the breed’s health status.

Looking for a very first dog of your own? It might be worth to visit the Finnish Kennel Club website. A basic course of owning a dog, Koiranomistajan Peruskurssi, is available online.  Give it a thought. Do you really want a dog to be part your family for the next 10-15 years? Do you really have time for a dog? I advice you not to support puppy mills and to buy puppies only from reputable breeders! Always make sure that the puppy is registered to the FKC, health checked and dewormed. If it’s a ridgeback, they need to be checked for dermoid sinus, preferably by an experienced breeder. It is important that you are able to see the mum of the puppies too. Read more about puppy mills and other suspicious sellers here.