Jätkä's official name is Arctic Soul Jätkä. The Finnish word Jätkä meant originally a forest worker who worked in Lapland in the 1950's.
Jätkä was his first six years owned by Pentti Piironen and Mari Pajaskoski. He lived with Pena (nickname to Pentti), who is a famous old musher here in Finland. Because Pena got some health problems, he loaned Jätkä to us for the winter 2005. In the spring Pena offered Jätkä to us. We had decided not to take adult dogs, but Jätkä is a fantastic dog in every way. So Jätkä joined our pack permanently. He is now owned by us and Mari. We are really thankful to Pena of this superb sled dog.
The male Jätkä is born on 1999-12-01. His coefficient of inbreeding is 0.92 % according to six generations. More information of Jätkä's coefficient of inbreeding and ancestor loss coefficient is available here.
Jätkä is the Sled Dog. Jätkä works always 100 % in harness. Normally he leads the team. He has run in the following sled dog races:
Jätkä is the Finnish working champion (FIN KVA). He has been a good teacher to our current leaders. Nowadays the old Sled Dog joins our team occasionally. Of course Jätkä isn't any more fast enough to the race team, but his will to work is still excellent.
Jätkä is very social in our dog pack. He loves people. Jätkä wags his tail all the time. Jätkä is friendly to everyone.
Jätkä has trained obedience with Antti. They have trained agility a couple of times, too. This exceptional dog has surprised many with his good agility performance with so little exercise.
Jätkä loves massage. In massage he relaxes completely and closes his eyes. As Pena said: "If you massage Jätkä, you get a good friend of this dog." Jätkä likes to help in the kitchen. Baking is his favorite.
Jätkä has four litters with the following bitches:
Jätkä has good appetite, but needs companion of other dogs while eating.
Jätkä's eyes are checked earlier and no cataract was found. Veterinarian Päivi Vanhapelto rechecked Jätkä's eyes 2007-12-03. Jätkä has no cataract. In the gonioscopy research his eyes were normal. So Jätkä has healthy eyes.
Jätkä is above all a sled dog, but he has had success in shows as well. Jätkä is the Finnish show champion and the Finnish show Siberian husky of the year 2010. Some of his show results are documented here.
You can find more information of Jätkä in the Koiranet. If the previous link gives other language than English, choose from the top line of KoiraNet In English. Then write or copy paste to the Quick search line Arctic Soul Jätkä and click Find. After this you have Jätkä's data in KoiraNet in English.