Our Leonberger History

The Story of Becoming a Leonberger Breeder

Our involvement with the Leonberger breed started in 1990. Alida Comtois, our friend, and owner of two of our Kuvaszok, decided to buy a Leo girl.

Her dog’s name was Esia v. Klingelberg, and she came from Mary Decher’s kennel in Washington. Esia was two weeks younger then my two “G” litter Kuvasz girls we were raising at the time. Continue reading “Our Leonberger History”

Our Kuvasz History

Starhaven Kuvasz are loved and owned by Agi and Sandor Hejja, both natives of Hungary. Agi has Kuvasz history began in 1982 and has raised many successful litters of Kuvasz puppies under the “Starhaven” name.

I was in elementary school in Hungary when we learned about dogs. The photo in my book representing the “dog” was a TabuKuvasz. The description read “Man’s best friend: Regal, Loyal, Excellent Guard- the KUVASZ.” I decided then that one day I would have a Kuvasz of my own. That day came in 1970 when I bought my first puppy Hippitanyai Tabu (Tabu) from my summer earnings while in high school. Continue reading “Our Kuvasz History”

Leonberger Breed Description

From the website of the International Union for Leonbergers

The Leonberger is a dog of impressive size and elegant appearance. Although the population of many breeds was decimated during World War I, today the breed has recovered nicely. The breed is well known in several European countries, but in many countries of the world is still considered a rare breed.

The Leonberger is a giant breed, with a distinct sexual dimorphism. Females are 65-75 cm (25.5 – 29.5″) tall and weigh about 48 kg (105 pounds). Males are 72-80 cm (28 – 31.5″) tall with an average weight of over 60 kg (132 lbs). They are double coated and come in many shades of brown (from a sand color to dark reddish brown) and often have black tips on their guard hairs. Their most distinguishing feature is a black facial mask. Leonbergers should be a dog with good substance, yet have elegant movement and a gentle nature. Continue reading “Leonberger Breed Description”

Kuvasz Breed Description

Wholeheartedly devoted, fantastically loyal to his owners, courageous, fearless and has the ability to act on his own initiative. He is strong, willing, alert, able to move with lightning speed if he senses the need, and is ever ready to assume the responsibilities of his natural role of guard-companion, whether of home, children, or in the management and care of livestock. Continue reading “Kuvasz Breed Description”