Dutch is our tall, dark and handsome Leonberger with a phenomenal temperament! He was born September 29, 2011 in The Netherlands. His breeder is Wilma Kroon of Domus Corona kennel. Dutch is an absolute joy! He has the softest coat, the sweetest nature and the biggest head. In fact, one European judge referred to it as a “mighty head”. Dutch has a very unique personality, and it has been fascinating to watch him change year to year.
This boy has been my training challenge. He is stubborn with a capital S! Each title that we have earned has been a huge accomplishment. When competing in obedience we don’t worry about our score. My goal with Dutch is to keep it fun while building his confidence. When we qualify it’s icing on the cake. Dutch finished his AKC Championship with his junior handler, Berkeley, in 2013. He and Berkeley also showed in AKC Juniors, and they were the top Leonberger Junior handler team for several years. I have managed to put an obedience title, rally title and a draft title on Dutch.
Through hard work, training and my refusal to just let him be a couch potato Dutch has even earned the Leonberger Club of America’s Versatile Leonberger Advanced title! Officially, Dutch is CH VLA Gavius Gentius Domus Corona NDD CD RN CGCA.
Unfortunately, Dutch has mild hip dysplasia and will not be bred. We made the difficult decision to neuter him at the end of 2014. Dutch’s hip dysplasia diagnosis doesn’t change our love for him one single bit. Sadly it does affect our plans to do higher level competition in obedience and rally as we believe it’s important to limit his jumping exercises. I continue to work with him at carting, and I hope to add an open draft dog title and possibly even a brace draft title. There is much more to come from Dutch!