Litter Plans for 2020
Our next litter will be early Summer
More info on the girls to follow
Bruin - Machk Bruin Du Plateau Baverois
& Finnley are both in our 2020 plans
Please read this page in full before making contact with us. Serious enquiries only!
Jantonely Private Finn - Finnley
Sire: Rosaceae Juncelles
Hips - 2:2
Elbows - 0:0
Eyes HC Clear
Gonioscopy Grade 1
It would be fair to say, that due to the many imported dogs coming in to the UK over the last few years; breeders can no longer claim they have new lines. Put simply, there aren't any more new genetic lines, so we have to make our selections for future sires, very carefully! If we go back more than five generations, we are all breeding from the same dogs. Over the last ten years, some prolific males have sired more than 100 progeny each all over the world, of which many of those progeny have also been used in breeding. It has become frustratingly difficult to find new dogs without those pedigrees.
Serious enquiries only!
Our next litter is planned for December with either Zara or Holly, so it will be early February 2020 when pups will leave us, all being well. We have quite a few pups formally reserved. We are over booked for male puppies, no further enquiries are being taken!
Following this, it will be summer of 2020 when we will have another litter but we are not taking enquiries for this litter until after February 2020.
We have been unable to keep up with the demand for Leo pups since 2016, it has been a very hectic time with people prepared to book their puppies well in advance. We thank all our clients old and new for their continued interest and support in our hobby breeding. Long may it continue!
We only consider a serious interest when the enquirer has agreed to come and meet us and see our dogs in their home. After sending in our puppy enquiry form, we will then arrange a suitable time to visit us.
For those who are wishing to visit other breeders, please visit us last. There is a great deal of info about us and our breeding ethics here to decide if we are the right breeders for you.
This visit needs to be before the litter is born as our pups are always reserved before their birth. We rarely have puppies available once they arrive!
If this is successful with both parties, (we assume that you have had time to think seriously about wanting a puppy from us before making this visit), following this, then we would kindly ask for a small deposit within one week of the visit before we will add anyone to our reservation list.
This is non refundable for a change of mind at a later date, but in the event that we are unable to provide a puppy, then a full refund would be given. This method has proved successful as it has prevented most time wasters and those who go on to several lists.
We cannot reserve a puppy for anyone until a deposit has been paid!
Our dogs are very much part of our family and are all treated as our extended family of children. It is important to us that our puppies go to homes who have similar principles to ours; where they will live in the home and be at the center of a family and included in every day life, but most importantly; where they will be loved and cared for, for the rest of their lives. Training and time is essential and we highly recommend the KC Good Citizens Award training, Bronze, Silver and Gold. We have spent more than 12 years training all our dogs through these awards, it really is worth the work involved. If people don't have the time and dedication; or resources for regular training, then a Leonberger is not for them.
While we have sent some puppies to younger families which have been very successful. We do prefer established families for our puppies, rather than young couples who will require doggy daycare and who will go on to have their own families. Usually in the latter, time is an issue and from experience over the years, this is not the home for our puppies. We want them to have at least as good as what they would have with us. A Leonberger is not really a starting out dog, we can't bear the thought that once a child comes along, the puppy will lose that affection and be somewhat sidelined and no longer that families no 1 priority. You have to understand the breed to know that we are not just being mean spirited here. In an established family, there is usually someone home most of the time and the puppy will always be the most important family member so it is this family who we seek above all.
You can't have a Leonberger on a budget: food is more expensive as is insurance, vet bills etc. Average costs can be more than keeping a person!
Dogs are carnivores, they require a meat based diet, a serious consideration for vegetarians who might have a problem handling and feeding meat. If this is a problem then our puppies are not for those people.
We would also wish to be kept updated with news and pictures periodically throughout their lives. If this is not something one would be happy to do, then perhaps we would not be the right breeders for that person. We are just being honest in our approach to selling puppies, we have high expectations as our puppies are very precious to us.
The Leonberger is not a breed to be left home alone all day without human company, consideration must be given before enquiring about a puppy as anyone who has full time working commitments would not be suitable. A large garden is also necessary for a giant breed dog and access to nice walks as well.
We would not sell a puppy who would have to live outdoors in a kennel, these dogs are very sensitive family pets who thrive on being allowed to join in on all family activities.
We have written extensive information about us on our website, to give an informed impression to anyone who may wish to have their puppy from us. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have, they will be answered with honesty.
When you come to visit us and as previously written, please be aware that Dianne suffers with two forms of Systemic Sclerosis, Scleroderma with overlap of Lupus, an auto immune disorder which has suppressed the ability to fight off infection. Any slight infection that you may have will almost certainly be passed on, so we would therefore kindly ask that you don't come here with any type of virus. A slight cough or cold can be very severe to someone with a suppressed and compromised immune system, it is much safer to make another suitable date. Thanks in advance!
We can promise a very excitable, warm and wet welcome from our furry bears who are all very friendly, especially to children.
Nothing gives us more pleasure than to see people and their children interacting with our dogs, they are well behaved once the initial greeting is over, and we place our trust in them wholeheartedly. We have captured many special moments with children looking in to their eyes while gently stoking their soft fur. On one occasion, Julz was almost asleep as a little girl stroked her face, it is quite touching to see this and we feel so proud that our dogs love children so much.
Our KC registered puppies will have breeding endorsements applied on their registration certificate as "Progeny not eligable for registration" These will not be lifted unless breeding has been agreed before purchase, a contract will be signed to protect our puppies in the future.
We may offer some puppies from each litter to leave without KC papers at a reduced price, depending on the number of puppies born. These puppies cannot be bred from or shown in the future, so serious consideration to be given as this cannot be changed at a later date. We also place an endorsement of "not for exportation" unless previously agreed.
Once we are in a position to offer a puppy, this will usually be one week after the birth of the puppies, a further deposit will be required to secure a puppy. All monies paid will be deducted from the final balance, with a full receipt given in the puppy pack when it is time for your puppy to leave us.
We reserve the right to refund monies paid at any point if we feel any doubt about a prospective puppy home!
We are self financing hobby breeders and we have always kept official accounts for our breeding so all bank tranfers and/or cash are recorded. (This was noted with shock during our assessment for the ABS by the KC) Alan is HMRC registered even though retired.
Since our first litter in 2010 and due to travelling across Europe to use many foreign Sires, importing Neo from Slovakia and importing our two youngsters from Poland in our quest for genetic diversity, and the upkeep of up to 12 Leonbergers, we have never been in a position to make profit from breeding. Quite the opposite, in particular with our Polish litter where we lost considerably. This is not our intention in the future, but our dogs have to be self sufficient. If we take in to account our financial loss of £100,000 in 2012, on our Spanish dream home that we gave up due to our love of the breed, we will never be in profit! It did happen briefly with our very big litter but it wasn't long before the pot was empty again. Breeding is an expensive hobby, always looking for different blood lines and dogs, health testing etc. Those of us who do it properly will continue to put everything back in to breeding and our dogs, profit is never a consideration.
When we do have puppies, it is always a labor of love and we enjoy every moment with our puppies when they are here.
During the first few weeks of your puppies life, we keep you informed at every stage of their progress with weekly website updates and photos. For our last few litters, this has been made so much easier with Apps on our mobiles and it has been great to get to know people a little better as we communicate throughout your exciting journey.
We meet as strangers and we hope you leave as firm friends.
With every litter we try to improve on what we do and to make those first few weeks both exciting and fun as you eagerly await your precious bundle of fluff. We love our puppies dearly and want to share every special moment with you.
As responsible breeders, we have a clause in our puppy contract that states that our puppies must come back to us at any point should the need arise. This is agreed and signed by every new owner. We ask no questions and make no judgment should any puppy owner of ours be in this unfortunate position. While we would be sympathetic, our priority would be for the puppy that we have bred, so there should be no reason for anyone to not want us to know.
We emphasise that under no condition must any puppy bred by us, be involved in any way with the Leonberger welfare/rescue organisations.
This would be a breach of contract of which we take very seriously.
If you have had one of our precious puppies and are happy with us as breeders, we kindly ask that you leave a testimonial in our guestbook. Your opinion is important to us and it also shows the dog breeding world that we are doing a good job, or not lol! Please tell us!
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