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So you think you want a Leonberger?
A Leo is a big commitment and a responsibility. Hopefully your pup will grow into a healthy happy, lifelong companion. The Leonberger has grown hugely in popularity and it is no longer difficult to find a puppy. Give yourself time in deciding whether the Leonberger is the right breed for you. Go and visit lots of adult male and female Leonberger, preferably without a litter being present. It is very hard to walk away from beautiful cuddly babies. Write down a list of questions you want to ask and be prepared to answer a list of questions too! Most of us like to know that you are the right family to own a Leonberger.




  Take time to question your own judgment. Is the size right? Dog or bitch? Have you the time and patience? Can you afford the extra vet fees that may occur? Is it a family commitment? Is anyone allergic to hair?  ... the list goes on and on!


  Once you are sure your choice is right, then you will be ready to look for your puppy. This may entail going on a waiting list. This is a good bonding time for you and the breeder and so much can be achieved if you both have a good relationship. This also allows you time to visit the prospective stud dog and to see the bitch in her own surroundings. Make sure you are very happy with the temperament of both. Also ask if you can visit any offspring or other siblings, this will help enable you to see the type of Leo that you may get. Get a copy of the pedigree and ask someone to go over it with you. Are there restrictions of any kind? Will they be lifted if all criteria are met? Ask about any health problems which may be in the lines. It is advisable to have everything confirmed in writing to protect both you and the breeder.


  Make sure all current documents for health testing are up to date, the required tests are hips and elbows, eyes. If you don't understand the paperwork ask for a copy and take advice from your vet. Some breeders character assess the parents as well as puppy assessing the litter. This helps enable the breeder to try and match the right puppy to the right home. Don't be upset if you are guided to a certain puppy, the breeder spends many hours watching the litter from the day it is born and will soon establish which one is a little shy, which one is very bold, which one may need a firm hand etc. A puppy born in a home environment, with the sounds of everyday life, washing machines, hoovers, radios, televisions, children's noises, etc will soon adapt to their new environment with little or no problems. Support from your breeder should be ongoing throughout your dogs life.


  Last but not least, what price will you pay ? At the moment puppies range in price from 800 to over 1000. Whatever price you pay will not determine whether or not you have the next Crufts champion. A 1,000 puppy should not be any better than a less expensive one. You will love your puppy no matter what. Please feel free to email me for any puppy advice - just click here.








Leo breeder banned

Lynda Fedorec

A Dumfries woman who kept her dogs in "horrific conditions" has been banned from owning animals for five years. Lynda Fedorec, 41, pictured above bred and exhibited Leonbergers and on 29 July 2009 admitted causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs and four puppies. Fedorec was fined 489. Click here for more details.


















So we think breeding is easy eh? Rika’s second litter was born on 30 June 2007 after a really traumatic time. An emergency caesarean to deliver 12 puppies followed by complete post op collapse of Rika, an adrenalin injection to start her heart again, oxygen and put on a drip. What a dilemma and not for the feint hearted, thankfully my medical background enabled me to diagnose a dying bitch. The whole story is so much longer and maybe I will share it with you all at some time. Thankfully Rika is so much better now but with possibly a small amount of damage to her brain due to the lack of oxygen when her heart stopped briefly. The 11 remaining puppies are now 7 weeks and off to their new homes soon.


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  Will I do it again? All thoughts are negative but we are putting a bitch on breeding terms just in case we change our minds in a couple of years . The thought of losing your beloved pet to have a litter far outweighs the excitement of pups.