Our home is in Cambridge where we are on a Dairy Farm. We have been farming in the heart of the Waikato for nearly 28 years but our involvement with Canines goes on for much longer.
We first became aware of the Leonberger in 1996 when it was a Breed Supplement in the Kennel Gazette (now Dog World) that is published by the New Zealand Kennel Club. At this stage we had 2 German Shepherd’s, but we were in awe of what we read. Time passed and sadly so did our dogs and we were left with our little KC, a rescued Australian Terrier X.
Jeff searched the internet and we found that Schiehallion had just announced a new litter, so off we trotted to meet with Ellie and Ian. We were so taken with the breed!!! Sadly there were no puppies for us in this litter but Ellie put us onto Verna and Simon at Simtara and in 2008 we became the very proud owners of Magnum.
The saying, ‘You can’t only have one Leonberger’ is too true and Magnum was followed with Ewok, Tarrah and JD, Maddie and Oaklin.
While all our dogs get shown, they are first and foremost part of our family. We have been involved with Canine Friends Pet Therapy since Magnum was 18 months old and all our dogs have been used in this field in some way.
Next step in our wonderful life with Leonberger’s is breeding. We intend to breed sound, well balanced dogs, taking every care along the way.
Jeff and Judy McRae