“Shall I breed my dog?” the answer is complicated, for there is much to consider. Breeding is not a casual undertaking. All breeds have genetic defects which can be passed along from parent to puppy. The Leonberger is not an exception. Responsible, knowledgeable breeders know these problems and strive to avoid them when selecting mates.
Unless you have purchased a “show quality” Leonberger and have a prearranged future breeding agreement with a reputable breeder, it is not advisable to breed your pet. Leonbergers that are purchased from pet stores or backyard breeders should not be bred because their puppies will not improve the breed as a whole, which is the goal of a responsible breeder.
Do not breed your Leonberger for any of the following reasons:
- You love your pet’s personality and want to have puppies like him or her. (you are more likely to get something near your dog’s personality if you buy another puppy with the same parents)
- You think it would be a good experience for your children to see the “miracle of birth” (Whelping a litter of Leonberger puppies can be very difficult. Many problems can arise that put both the mother and pups at serious risk. )
- You plan to make money on the litter. (Most breeders lose money raising litters. Their goal is to improve the breed and accept monetary loss as part of the endeavor. The fact is that buying, raising, and then breeding a bitch, and then whelping and raising a litter to an appropriate placement age or keeping the puppies you can’t sell, is extremely expensive.)
- It will provide a nurturing or sexual experience for your pet. (Your pet will be nurturing enough of your family without a litter of puppies and a male who is full of testosterone is not always fun to live with.)
THE ABOVE ARE ALL WRONG REASONS TO BREED YOUR PET LEONBERGER!
The ABC’s of Dog Breeding is for breeders at all levels of experience! It takes a practical, step-by-step approach to the art and science of breeding by focusing on 7 key tools and concepts. These include (1) genetics, (2) breeding systems, (3) pedigree, (4) selection, (5) anatomy, (6) kennel blindness and (7) genetic defects. Understanding each of these elements can help breeders put together the pieces for a more successful breeding program. The goal of the ABC’s of Dog Breeding is to provide one comprehensive program with the “need to know” information from the fields of domestic animal breeding and canine genetics. (posted with permission from Claudia Waller Orlandi, PH.D. and the Basset Hound Club of America).
We hope you will use it, along with Leonberger University’s other courses, as tools to enhance your Breeding Programs!
Genetics & Genetic Defects
Young Puppy Play Time
The voice of purebred dogs. Your passion is our purpose.
Pure Dog Talk podcasts: https://puredogtalk.com/
Links and information to aid both the new and the experienced breeder.
Breeders Rountable (2012)
Learning Canine Anatomy
Practical Genetics for Breeding with Dr. Jerold Bell (Basenji breeder)
Part 1. . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrrlb2ltri8
Part 2. . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j1N78reGhw
Guide to Leonberger Health Testing Requirements. . . .
The following is a transcript of an online seminar with leading canine reproduction expert Dr. Robert Van Hutchison given by the Veterinary Information Network’s Pet Care Forum, (http://www.vin.com/PetCare/).
As adopted by the LCA and the AKC.
The Leonberger is a large, sociable working dog, muscular yet elegant, with a proud head carriage. The breed is distinguished by its black mask, substantial bone, balanced build, and double coat. Adult males are particularly powerful and strong and carry a lion-like mane on the neck and chest. Bitches are unmistakably feminine. The Leonberger is a dimorphic breed; a dog or a bitch easily discernible as such. Although imposing in size, the Leonberger is graceful in motion. Natural appearance is essential to Leonberger type. The breed is to be shown with no trimming, sculpting or other alterations. True to the breed’s origins as a multipurpose family, farm and draft dog, today’s Leonberger excels as a versatile working dog and devoted family companion. Intelligent and lively, friendly yet vigilant, the Leonberger is attentive and self-assured in all situations.
The Leonberger is placed in the Working Group; AKC recognized in 2010.
The Illustrated Standard
The Leonberger – An Illustrated Breed Standard is published by the Leonberger Club of America. It contains pages of colored photographs, detailed illustrations and discussion of the AKC Leonberger Standard.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has educational resources to help you breed and raise healthier puppies! As the largest funder of health research focused solely on dogs, CHF is working to advance the health of current and future generations of dogs.
Video from International Leonberger Union