What Am I Looking For in My Owners?


  • I'm looking for owners who have read our puppy pack, met a number of
    Leos of various ages at shows or Meet and Greets or at their homes and have
    taken the time already to  learn as much as they can about our breed rather
          then just buying one on a whim. As a responsible breeder, I will place a puppy
    only with someone who has met and interacted the breed.

  • I expect the people who become our puppies' owners to train them to be good ambassadors of the
    breed and love them as part of their family while remembering they are a different species.  

  • I look for owners who will consider joining the Leonberger Club of America  and who will seriously
    consider contributing to the health of the breed by doing the same health testing at 2 years of age that
    we, as breeders do for our owners. Without data from  pet owners, breeders can't possibly know what
    their breeding dogs are carrying. It isn't magic. If you want your next Leo to be healthy, you have a
    responsibility to help that happen.

  • I'm looking for owners with an appropriately large, fenced yard - minimum 1/2 acre, preferably at least 1
    acre, not including your house, but attached to it -  where your Leo can spend time with your family.
    Leos' roots are as farm dogs.  I do not place puppies in unfenced or small yards, nor apartments.   It's
    not in the puppy's best interest.  Leonbergers do not boundary train and need appropriate fencing. I
    don't consider invisible fencing appropriate for a Leo. Although this article is from the Bernese
    Mountain Dog site, it is applicable as well to the Leonberger. Fencing for Bernese Mountain Dogs.

  • I'm looking for owners who are financially able to provide for a giant breed dog. The purchase price of
    any dog is a small percentage of what it will cost you over its life! Owning a dog is a large financial
    commitment. The bigger the breed, the more expensive the maintenance, from food to vet bills.  
    (Having a Leo's teeth cleaned runs about $300. Curing a bad ear infection can be upwards of $400 and
    cruciate ligament surgery, $4,000) If you don't have the resources, please wait till you do.

  • There are well documented studies now on health issues that may be connected with neutering
    before a dog reaches maturity.  Neutering doesn't curb adolescent behavior, which is the same in every
    species. Hormones are there for a reason. If you neuter your male before maturity he will look more like
    a female. Please go to an article from the AKC Canine Health Foundation on early spay neuter and
    health problems.

                                                 I am looking for 100% of the household to be thrilled that they are getting
                                           a puppy from us, not just some of the members. It's a family affair!  Puppies
                                           will get you up in the middle of the night to go out for the first few weeks,
                                           bite you and the kids with those sharp little puppy teeth because that is what
                                           they have always done with their littermates, have accidents on the oriental
                                           for the first few months if you aren’t paying attention, chew on your dining
                                           room table if you aren’t in the room watching them, dig up your plants, eat
                                           the remote control, knock the kids over etc. In other words they act like
    normal puppies – only bigger.  Be sure all of you are ready for a puppy! Check out this Australian You
    Tube video for the “really real”!  The Leonberger - A Low Energy Dog

  • I'm looking for owners who can either drive or fly to Ohio to pick up their puppies at 8 weeks of age.
    We do not ship . We are 35 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins airport and a little over an hour from Akron
    Canton airport. A number of airlines allow you to  take your pup home in a pet carrier
    under your seat.  A female MAY fit the bill but a male could easily be over 20 lbs. so be sure to ask the
    airlines if they have weight restrictions. You may want to  plan on driving . Check with your airlines. We
    do not allow puppies to be placed in cargo. It is not in  their best interest. FDA requirements also now
    require owners and buyers to meet in person.

    If you are within traveling distance you are welcome to make an appointment to come out and visit
    our dogs if we have a litter planned and your approved application is on file. We want to meet our
    potential owners beforehand where possible and we're sure you would want to meet us and our girls as
    well. As we can’t influence the sex or number of pups our bitches will produce, you are more likely to
    get a pup from us if you are open to either sex.  There are not many Leos born in the US each year
    compared with breeds like the Labs and Goldens and the division of sex is about half and half although
    obviously, not in each litter. The females in the breed, although better watch dogs, are easier to live
    with as teenagers, and usually challenge their owners less than the males who are prone to
    testosterone surges from around 15-36 months. Males are not a good choice for owners who have not
    owned a giant , intact working breed male before or who might not have strong leadership abilities.
    Leo females  are just as beautiful and a lot larger than the dogs most owners have previously owned!
                                                                                                                                          

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