It is important to state clearly that all the information given here is solely about our experience, observations and honest opinions while being involved with the Leonberger breed for the last 13 years. And following our old enemies, the breeders of our first four Leonbergers, joining the club committee, who had not even been club members ( as we had been) for many years, we knew that our membership was in jeopardy. It took just a few months before the secretary was writing accusing us of being untruthful on our website. Something that when asked for evidence, she was unable to substantiate. In a working environment, it would have been classified as constructive dismissal! With hindsight, maybe we should have informed the KC about the underhand tactics being used by them? The secretary did forward to us copies of our correspondence to the owners of our puppy that was killed, story of Jenson below, of which we had stated that our ex-friend, their new breeder and committee member for welfare, had disposed of more than 50% of her dogs when she moved back to the UK. It was completely truthful and nothing that was not in the public domain at that time. We can only guess as to why the club would not want puppy owners having this information? It is our opinion that someone who rids themselves of so many dogs in this disrespectful way, isn't fit to serve on a welfare committee. Since this time, it appears that at least a further 3 dogs have also been re homed by the same breeder.
So in 2014 and after almost nine years with the Leonberger Club of Great Britain, we ceased our membership. This new committee had one set of rules for themselves and don't lead by example; a group of friends allowing some to hide behind the façade of the club and abuse their trusted positions. One person who was forced to resign for being in breach of club code of ethics, seems to have regained her position, and more friends have joined the committee. A committee who appear more dedicated to vendettas and castigating other breeders, than practicing any passion for the breed they are supposed to love?
They seem to approve of prolific re-homing by their committee members and are fully in support of people responsible for putting one of our puppies to sleep in 2013 after failing to ask for our support. They are such ethical people that they went on to sell them further puppies with the knowledge of what they had done to Jenson and put their own puppies at risk, just to spite us. How wonderfully clever of them! The full story of Jenson here
It seems that most people with the credentials to run the club committee have now left due to unrest within. It appears that membership has dwindled in recent years. In our opinion, it's not the respectable organisation that we joined in 2006, and having previously encouraged our new puppy owners to join as members, we would now advise them to keep well away. The very bad language continually used by some on social media is disgraceful, we would certainly expect a better standard of people to represent our breed. We have also been made aware of their disingenuous attention given to some of our puppy owners at fun days with what can only be described as a surreptitious purpose! (since writing this, connective friends have began to pal up with some of our owners as well, we call them foot soldiers) It does make us smile!
It's not just us, other breeders have been informed that they have been targeted with unfavorable comments.
It was with utter shock that we heard that one of our puppy owners was invited to a club event in 2013, whose dog had Polyneuropathy and was compared with another dog, his litter sibling with the same diagnosis; it seems a full report was given to the other owner which doesn't say much for the confidentiality of those committee members! It was alleged that when this gentleman contacted the health committee for support, not only was that confidential information passed on to others; but he was made out to be a nuisance. If people wish to make themselves available for advice then they should not complain when they are contacted by people who have concerns about their dogs and need genuine advice from trustworthy people. This boy sadly passed away in 2018.
In 2010, we were informed by one of our puppy owners that someone on the committee at that time, was advising her where she should not buy a puppy from,. This is in breach of their own code of ethics? they tell the breeders in the membership that they must not discredit other breeders. With this in mind, perhaps the benefit for the new committee members is to just promote each other?
During 2015 they were under fire by one of the working groups for their high and mighty approach and their lack of consideration to their members. It is little wonder that a new Leonberger organisation was approved by the Kennel Club.
As explained on our about us page, we have set our own standards based on our own experiences over the years. We will always continue to prioritise health within our breeding and provide a high standard outside the remit of the Leonberger Club of Great Britain. We take no moral cue from any one of them!
Feb 2017 update - On one of the social media groups, there was a gentleman asking for advice on recommendations for breeders. Two of our puppy owners recommended us and another kennel was mentioned from a happy client as well. These people were shot down in flames and told by one LCGB committee member and her close friend, not to mention kennel names and only to go to shows and events, meet people to ask and enquire about Leonberger breeders there. They claimed that people would obviously be biased to whoever they got their Leo from. No, not at all, their recommendation was based on their satisfactory experience. In our opinion, it was an obvious warning to the enquirer, not to go to the breeders that had been recommended. It is with irony that we had previously purchased two dogs from the committee member, one of whom died at five years old. One breeder that we would not recommend, based on our own experience.
Another message in the same thread was from a writer after attending a fun day organised under the umbrella of the LCGB. She mentioned that she had attended a fun day in Wiltshire and while no one recommended a breeder, some discreetly advised who to steer clear of.
So this is evidence that their disgraceful behaviour of underhand tactics, bad mouthing some breeders and being in breach of their own code of ethics is still going on. They are bullies! and using the Club to hide behind yet again.
As recent as 2018, we have been informed yet again that someone on the health committee is still defaming other breeders during telephone conversations to owners of those breeders dogs. They don't seem to learn by their mistakes.
We strongly advise anyone who has experienced this unethical practice at club events or in conversations,to put a complaint in writing to both LCGB and the Kennel Club.
We were told in October 2018 that a long term member of the club also made a written derogatory comment about us. Someone who doesn't know us and who has never been to our home seems to be able to form an opinion that puppies that we import, aren't coming to a good home. Some people need to be very careful when castigating others, they could end up with a libel case for defamation of character to defend!
On three occasions that we know of over the years, we have had disingenuous visitors who have been sent here purporting to be interested in a puppy from us. We don't know who has sent these people, but when they actually name a person and wait for our response, it does seem suspicious. Even more so to learn that not long after, we find from the Leonberger Stud Book, where they have actually purchased a puppy from. Follow the link above to find all breeders, their litters and their buyers.
We are pretty transparent in giving our information through this website, it's difficult to understand why people find the need to be devious? They certainly have too much time on their hands to go to these extremes.
2019, other breeders report being in receipt of derogatory comments by committee members........ at least we are having a break!
We are highly honored if any of our puppy owners recommend us on any social media groups. Do not stop this if it is allowed on the group, or be afraid to mention us for fear of bullies, instead, write to the group moderator and complain. While we are far from perfect, we do our very best to make our puppy owners feel happy with the service that we provide as breeders. We have shown our dedication to our breed through our actions, travelling Europe in the name of Genetic Diversity. It would have been much simpler to use a dog close by for convenience, no travelling for hours on end, days away from home and less expense!
We are pleased that this is recognised by our many genuine visitors and is the reason that we don't need to advertise our puppies. Long may this continue.
We care only about our own dogs, their health our breeding and the future of the breed. Others should put more effort in to their own breeding and their own dogs health etc.
We will continue what we do in the face of adversity, this we have proved since 2011. We aren't going anywhere, some things just cannot be forgotten and never forgiven!