The Finnish Canine Museum collects and presents photographs and material related to native dog breeds and Finnish canine culture. The digital collection is unique on a global scale. The museum is based on the Finnish Kennel Club’s work for the Finnish canine culture, which it has pursued for more than 125 years. An extensive and interesting online exhibition about the life of Gitta Ringwall has now been opened at the Finnish Canine Museum.

Birgit “Gitta” Ringwall’s (1924–2015) interest in dogs started already in her childhood home, as Gitta’s mother got four Fox Terrier puppies and their mother as a part of a car deal in 1932. This initiated Gitta’s life-long work with dogs.

Gitta Ringwall bred dogs, terriers amongst others, under her famous prefix Black Spot. She also had a long career as a distinguished dog show judge. Gitta Ringwall is also remembered for having introduced several breeds to Finland as well as for acting as a founding member of breed clubs. Less known is that Ringwall also was a ballet dancer and played handball in the Finnish national team.

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