My name is Inger Leppäjoki and I live in a quiet place in the forest by the lake Fullhövden with my partner Janne, my bearded collies, puli and two cats. It is roughly 35 km from the city of Halmstad on the west coast of Sweden. My daughter Anna and I are partners in Vallklanen.
I grew up with dogs. My father trained and took care of many German shepherds and we had a few litters at home. He dreamed of becoming a breeder. Unfortunately he never had the possibility to fulfill that dream. I have great memories of travelling with my father to dog shows in Sweden and Denmark when I was a child.
I fell in love with the bearded collies in the 1970s. My father was a friend of Ylva Ek (Braids Kennel) and we had one of her bitches, Braids Cassandra, living with us one summer. Since then the bearded collies have had a special place in my heart. I grew up dreaming of starting a kennel and becoming a breeder myself, and now finally that dream has come true.
As an adult I have been living abroad with my family for many years. When I came back to Sweden I decided it was time to buy a dog. I got in touch with Anna-Lena Uvenkrans (Kennel Breaker) and in the summer of 2007 I brought home Sally (CH Breaker Choice for Victory). In the spring 2008 we brought home Wilma (Breaker Dazzling Black
The dogs have changed my life. The whole family loves the dogs and they get to follow us on many excursions. The bearded collie is an active breed that loves to work. We have tried activities like obedience, rally obedience, herding, agility and tracking. It is the rally obedience that has become our favorite activity! I also enjoy going to dog shows with my dogs. The most important thing is to have fun together with them.
In the spring of 2010 Vallklanen got its first litter. Sally got 10 puppies with Clayton (CH Nobility Nice to Look Like Daddy). We kept Ella (CH Vallklanens Lady Bannockburn) and Valle (CH Vallklanens Old Ben Lomond). Valle is living with my sister Katarina and her family in Klippan in the south of Sweden. A year and a half passed and Sally got her second litter with Scott (CH Ramsgrove Borkason) in early spring 2012. We kept Nisse (Vallklanens Sgt Pepper) who also is living with my sister. In the spring of 2013 Wilma got puppies with Phille (CH Philemon Breaking News) and in the spring of 2014 Sally got her third litter with Hebbe (CH Goonie’s Highlander Lad). From that litter we have kept a bitch called Elsa (CH Vallklanens Armadale Gal) who is living just 10 minutes from us with Eva. 2015 Wilma became a grandmother when Nova (Vallklanens Northern Light) got a litter with Leo (CH Alistair’s Uppercut). 2016 we brought home Märta (Natterjack Starshine) from David Hyde in England. 2018 Nova got a second litter, this time with Bingo (CH Moonfellow Free Spirit). From that litter the bitch (Vallklanens You Had Me at Hello) will be part of Vallklanen, but living with Ida who owns mother Nova. The dog called Gösta (Vallklanens That’s the Spirit) will also stay in the family. In 2018 we also welcomed Vinny (Hairdog’s My Beautiful Blue Girl) to Vallklanen. She is bred by Tina Jämthagen, and will be staying with Anki just 15 minutes from us. In august 2018 we brought home Lucy (Moonflower of Windmill House) from breeder Edit Upor in Hungary. 2019 Freya (Vallklanens Blue Eclipse) got a litter with Assar (CH Alistair’s way of life).
We got our first puli in 2011. When I was participating in a breeders course in Halmstad I met Marianne Nyman and Stefan Ernstsson who are puli breeders (Kennel Impeccable). I learnt more about the puli and it is a very interresting and charming breed. So when the opportunity came, I brought home Ester (CH Impeccable Fourth Miss Congeniality). Since day one my daughter Anna has had a special bond with Ester and has done a big job trying to get more knowledge about the breed. For two years she was the secretary in Svk FUR (The Swedish Club for Hungarian Breeds).
Ester has given us so much happiness because of her sweet and fun personality. She has also been a success in the show ring and is our little star! Ester mated with Manny (CH Prydain Yes Man for Catsun) and in july 2014 she got her first litter. We kept Kafka (CH Vallklanens Devon Showstopper) who is living with Anna. In the summer of 2016 Ester got a second litter, this time with Kilroy (CH. Bubbleton Act of Sin). From this combination we keps a bitch called Edith (Vallklanens Danish Delight).