Hello and thanks for checking out our site! Here is
a little background information about us and how we came to be owned by Leonbergers! We are a mother (Carol) and daughter
(Rhyan) team that has a deep and profound love of animals. Carol started out her early years in 4-H and discovered her love
of raising dogs. Carol's mother was originally from Newfoundland and felt ties to the breed. Carol bred and showed Newfoundlands
in the 1980's & 1990's, even obtaining invitations to Westminster. We've dabbled in showing our Leo's and earned several
UKC championships in the earlier years before Leo's went full AKC. Our lives have become too busy for much showing but several
pups have gone to hobby show homes and have done well. Most of our puppy families are just looking for family companions,
which Leo's excel at, but quite a few have gone onto therapy and service work. Rhyan was raised in the whelping box along
with the puppies. She has enjoyed 4-H, obedience, conformation and agility training/competeing and is also a certified veterinary
assitant. A love for dogs was deeply ingrained in us both from the very beginning!
After a lifelong friendship Carol married her husband
and moved to the apple orchard in 1981, where fifth generation of Ross' are still living. In the late 90's we learned of Leonbergers,
we still had one aging Newfoundland at the time, and our first Leo joined us in 1999. Newfies still hold a special place in
our hearts but the Leo's just went that extra step. Cleo was our first Leo and the beginning of a wild ride! She taught us
a lot about the breed, including the difficulties that come with trying to raise this wonderful breed.
Over the years we have continued to learn and have
more success with our breeding endevours. We've imported several dogs from Canada and Germany, with our most recent import
from Poland. All of our dogs are our babies and once retired from breeding the dogs remain with us for the remainder of their
lives. We have a lot of property (living on an apple orchard and all) and work here on the farm/orchard along with our dog
grooming and training business. Carol's father-in-law joked the farm was going to go to the dogs! He had know idea how right
Almost all of our dogs we've known since 8 weeks old, if not birth. We have had quite a few litters over
the years, but it's always different females. We are conscientious breeders and do all of the health testing. Our females
have usually 1-3 litters in their life and are spayed. If we do not think a dog has something to offer the Leonberger breed,
they are not bred. We keep track of health information throughout the years and litters and have actually had pretty good
success with multiple dogs hitting 10, 11, 12 and almost 13 years old! Just check out our memorial pages. Our dogs are our
life and we are devoted to them.
With Leo's being such a large breed they require extra
care those first few weeks. This is where the bulk of the work is (though in reality these guys keep us busy year round)!
When the puppies arrive Rhyan goes on "puppy arrest". She stays with the puppies and moms 24/7 for the first 4 weeks
or so, sleeping on a cot (which some of the mom's try to steal :) ). Most of the mom's are very good, but even with taking
care it's too easy for a pup to get under her without her knowledge. When the infamous "PP" litter of 15 arrived
she had to get up every hour for the first week or so to switch the nursing groups (thankfully Edalene was an amazing first
time mom and we didn't have to bottle feed as well)! This really is a labor of love and one that we enjoy doing <3