Breeding lines are from our own larger imported French/Belgian and German imports. Our leonbergers are from NZ Champions and imports, and are hip/elbow xrayed and their eyes are fully examined by a registered opthalmologist before being assessed suitable for breeding.
We follow the breeding guidelines of DogsNZ and belong to the Southern Leos Club as well as overseas leonberger clubs. A full support network for leonberger health issues, diet recommendations, and online training as well as social friendship and outings is available and encouraged for all our puppy owners.
Half of our puppies are exported overseas to approved homes, mostly to Australia.
Visits to see our wonderful leonbergers are welcome by arrangement. We welcome all enquiries for information and details of how to join our waiting list. We have frozen semen available for use in approved bitches only.
Having Leonbergers a big part of our life for 15+ years, our dogs are our family first. Regularly attending social events with family and friends, car cruises, beach outings, market trips and more.
We pride ourselves breeding much loved family pets as well as quality, sound show/breeding dogs with a focus on health, temperaments, longevity and expanding genetics. Our breeding dogs comply with the breed health recommendations and their results are made available publicly on the worldwide database: http://www.leonberger-database.com
**Breeders of the first and only Best In Show (All Breeds) winning Leonberger in Australia **Breeders of the first Supreme Champion Leonberger in Australia **ADVANCE Breeder of the year since 2015 **Breeders of Crufts Qualifying dog
Please be mindful that adding a leonberger to your family will require patience and long waiting times, often of a few years.
We aim to breed strong, healthy, good natured dogs who will become loving members of your family.
Our dogs are well socialised in the local community and are raised in the family home with children ranging in age from 1 to 16 years. They can get into mischief with the 13 year old but can also be extremely gentle with the 1 year old. They are a breed you will absolutely fall in love with.
We have been breeding for several years with our New Zealand and Australian girls and in 2020 we were blessed with the arrival of our girl Kiia from the Czech Republic. Kiia has produced one lovely litter for us in January 2022. Pending health tests we hope to add three of our younger furbabies (Daisy, Theodore and Ralph) to our breeding program in 2024.
We are hobby breeders based in Sydney. Our dogs are successful in the show ring, where we proudly show our own home bred dogs. First and foremost however our dogs are beloved family pets so our litters are infrequent. We only breed to improve the Leonberger breed and when we want something to keep for ourselves to go on to the next generation with. Our girls are all health tested champions and we have been fortunate to use some lovely stud dogs from the UK, New Zealand, Poland, Finland and Sweden to augment our lines. Wylah Leonbergers is in partnership with Furrychild Leonbergers. If you are in Sydney you are welcome to meet our Leonbergers at shows. Pet enquiries to Megan: email@example.com and show/breeding enquiries to Sally: firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that we don't sell breeding bitches.
Our love affair with Leos began almost 20 years ago. Our first Leo, Sabra, was from the 1st litter to NZ in 1995. We remained pet free for a few years but when we purchased this land 12 years ago it was a good time to start our doggie family again. And so began our collection of lions.
We love our dogs , they are a big part of our family. Big is the operative word here. Big in every which way. Big feet, big tongues, big coats,big appetites and big hearts. If you have room, not only on your section but in your family then these wonderful dogs will be the best addition to your lives.
Our personal search for new genetics to secure the future of Leonbergers in NZ has been fruitful with 3 young imported dogs added to our collection in the past year. We have also formed some very strong international friendships on this journey and feel honoured that these friends have understood our vision and entrusted us with their lines.
Our main focus is on health and temperament as we believe these are key to for any new family member. Miss Indie has been socialised with many animals from ponies and goats to cats and birds. Her main love is people, from as young as 3mths old and is always ready for cuddles or a belly scratch. She is first and most importantly a member of our family, and resident couch hog.
In March 2019 Indie became the youngest Leonberger in Australia to gain their AUSTRALIAN GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP title!
A Berglöwe puppy isn't just a dog, they are a family member, and we will only place our babies in the best, preferably indoor, homes. Our babies are all raised in our home around the family.
We currently have puppies. Please understand, this is a hobby and not a business so please send serious enquires only.
For anyone around Sydney, I offer show mentoring for those thinking of showing their Berglöwe puppy.
All our Leonbergers are health tested (hip and elbow scored, eyes including gonioscopy etc) and temperament checked to ensure only healthy and balanced puppies are born. All of our girls are negative/clear for the four breed specific genetic conditions. LPN 1 - N/N (clear) LPN 2 - N/N (clear) LPPN 3 - N/N (clear) LEMP - N/N (clear)
If thinking of adding a Leonberger to your family, we recommend meeting the parents out in public to see the type of temperaments the puppies may inh
After getting our first leonberger in 2013, we instantly fell in love with the breed and soon one leonberger became two...and two became three....and on it goes!
After hundreds of hours of discussions we decided to set up our own breeding kennel and searched for genetics across the world and followed the progress of litters and kennels with our vision of importing genetics which would help strengthen the genetic pool in New Zealand. We have been lucky to establish strong connections with a number of breeders in Europe who we have been working with over the past few years.
Our breeding lines are very carefully planned and have some of the top lines from Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Ireland, The Netherlands, Denmark and Russia. Our leos are all health tested before breeding and we breed for temperament, soundness and the breed standard. We do not do repeat litters.
Enquiries are welcome, and we are happy to organise for you to meet some of our leos at a public venue. Email us for a copy of our puppy questionnaire to be considered for a puppy as we have a long wait list!
If you are interested in being added to our list of potential puppy owners please get in touch via email or our website.
* POLISH JUNIOR CHAMP (1st for Leo’s in Au) * AUST CHAMP * QUALITY EUROPEAN BLOODLINES * CRUFTS QUALIFIED * FULLY HEALTH TESTED
At Hopemeadowz we are commited to maintain exceptional standards in our leonberger breed lines with a focus on the full package of temperament, type, health and longevity. Our Leo's are of a calm, sound, loving temperament typical of the breed, with an exceptional standard of type suited to both family pet and conformation shows. Our Leos are fully health tested before breeding.
With Strong international ties We have been blessed to be able to fully import our own lines to Australia. Our lines from Europe start with our girl Matilda (POLISH JNR CHAMPION imp) who was bred by a reputable breeder, Isabella Dopriella. We have specifically designed our future breeding to improve the genetic diversity of this wonderful rare breed and are excited to be part of conserving and improving on the world wide lineage.
Ours Leos live with us in a caring, family environment alongside our children, we have an emphasis of socialising our puppies from a young age introducing them to new interesting experiences. Leonbergers are a wonderful family animal that thrive with human companionship. If you are looking to add one of these loveable companions to your family home please feel free to arrange a meet and greet with our Leo and don't hesitate to call and ask for extra information or questions about the breed. Show quality Puppies born 31/02/2023
We have been loved and owned by Leonbergers since 2002. Over the years we have imported dogs from Sweden, Australia and the UK and have had the pleasure of making up numerous NZ Champions. Schiehallion is a small kennel concentrating on producing dogs with excellent temperaments and conformation. We breed to continue our excellent lines and to show so we have limited litters with some matings being a long time in the planning! Our puppies are registered with the NZ Kennel Club and come with a lifetime of support. All our matings are carefully considered and our dogs must pass strict health tests prior to a mating being considered. Since `2011 we have also owned and shown Weimaraners.
Due to the high demand for Leonbergers most people are on a waiting list and it is advisable to register your interest so your chosen breeder can keep in contact with you.
Our prefix (Lenishta) - which is a combination of the first two initial of my and my daughters names - its all about family right from the very start and our dogs are very much part of that family. I have been a registered breeder since mid 80's - but very focused on quality over quantity so rarely breeding. Whilst we occasionally show at the majors, my focus is currently on dog sports hence soundness, conformation and temperament is our focus. I am an advocate of puppy culture, and put in the work to ensure the puppies get the best start in life possible, raised in the house underfoot. If you are not looking for a family member who is part of your everyday please do not apply. All relevant health testing done and results provided (hips/elbows/LPN 1,2,3,/LEMP/eyes)
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