Dogs have always been a part of my life. Growing up on a farm in the Finnish country side, it was pretty much inevitable. We had big dogs when I was a child, a lovely St Bernhard, an equally wonderful Newfoundland dog and also a mixed Thai Ridgeback/Grand Danois/Boxer-looking dog. Because of this I always thought I wanted big dogs, anything smaller than a Labrador was just silly. The first dog of my own I got just before my 20th birthday. It happened to be an English Bulldog called Mozart. It was not the breed of my choice, but honestly, I just wanted a dog back then. As long as he lived, an honourable 8,5 years, I always thought he was pretty small, though others would gasp “Oh, he's enormous!”. Thanks to him I got interested in breeding. I felt I wanted to do what I could, to improve the health of the breed. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on the perspective of things, I was not able to take up breeding at that moment of my life (I supposed it was fortunate, I was only 20 years old after all). At some point I forgot about breeding and focused on my studies at the university. When I graduated, and Mozart was clearly taking his last steps, I started thinking about what I wanted from my dog partner. I wanted a more active dog that I could train something with. At this point I was already totally sold on the bulldog type of dog, as was my partner, but since I was looking for a healthier, more active dog, the bulldog did not really feel like an option. However, the French Bulldog seemed to be a potentially healthier and more active bulldog than the English Bulldog, as I did not want an American or Olde English Bulldog. The Continental Bulldog was an option, but they are still quite hard to get a hold of here in Finland. So, a French Bulldog it was. I researched for some time and found a great breeder, Nina Breilin with the Taffinelli's kennel. It did not take too long before I got my first Frenchie, Taffinellis Jean-Baptiste aka Tengil, as a fosterer. Being a fosterer revived my interest in breeding and in a few months I had already decided to become a breeder of French Bulldogs. I had found a breed I can work with and care deeply for, a community, and support from other breeders, who care equally much. I got my kennel name, Kung Ubus, in 2018 and plan to breed both French and English Bulldogs. My breeding is very small scale, so I will not have puppies often.
I like to tell myself I have a life apart from the dogs. It is not true. Being a dog owner is a lifestyle. However, I did graduate as a Master of Arts in 2014 and I have a job in the cultural sector as a curator/project manager and I also write art critique for the news paper Åbo Underrättelser. I enjoy the outdoors (with the dogs of course), museums and travelling. I live in Turku with my best friend and partner Johan Bergman.