Tuula Plathan


I’ve been interested in dogs ever since I was a child. My first own childhood dog was a Cocker Spaniel. I fell for Sighthounds early on and have had a Borzoi, a Whippet, and, together with my daughter, a Saluki. I got acquainted with Tibetan breeds in the early 70’s. I’ve bred Tibetan Spaniels, Tibetan Terriers and two Whippet litters under the prefix Karamain.  Tibetan Terrier has been my main breed 50 years. Many Karamain dogs have been exported over the decades to different parts of the world. I shared my prefix with my daughter Marianna Plathan in 2005. She now breeds Braque du Bourbonnais under the Karamain prefix. Now I have two elderly Tibetan Terriers and one young female. I became a judge in 1982. I judge toy and companion dogs, sighthounds and a few other breeds from other groups. I’ve officiated as a judge in many European countries as well as in the United States, Australia and South Africa.