It’s been quite some time since I was excited to write anything on our website; 2021 was an extremely trying year.
That said, apparently the products of that year are beginning to come into their own.
Of course, I’m referencing puppies.
At a mere 16 months old, the first of our O-litter puppies achieved her BH. First born female, Purple Girl at birth, registered Onyx von der Leidenschaft, call name Xena, with handler (owned and trained by) Tom Zinn competed at the Saugeen Schutzhund Club of Ontario on September 18th, 2022.
Tom knew before he even got Xena, not only his goals, but where he would be training her. Working K9 in Ontario offers police and military training with obedience at the core of their program. Tom took the applications he learned there and tempered them towards his goals of competing in the sport of IGP.
GSSCC Judge, Jim Crisp told Tom they lost a few points for Xena’s bouncing during heeling but commented on her being such a happy puppy. If you’re going to lose points, happy is the best way!
Fall trial season is underway, and we hope to announce more titles in the coming weeks.
Onyx von der Leidenschaft is out of Khira von der Leidenschaft, sired by Zeus vom Goldbergsee. The pedigree includes many prominent dogs in the sport and in civil working applications around the world.
We’re proud of our lines, and the amazing owners we trust our puppies to. Thanks Tom and Jessica Zinn for being part of our “family.”
No rest for the wicked! The Prince Edward Island Schutzhund Club trial was almost TWO weeks ago, and I’m just now getting to website updates! *sigh
Regardless, GIANT congratulations to Lisa Gaudet and her Leidenschaft kids, Khaos and Lunatik,earning their BH/VT titles with the GSSCC (German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada) in PEI on November 7th and 8th, 2020. Khaos already achieved his BH with the DVG in 2019, but in order to compete further with Lisa’s home club in PEI, he had to redo the title.
A little background; Khaos was purchased at the age of four months as a companion dog, and possibly a therapy dog to enhance Lisa’s work as a nurse practitioner specializing in senior care. When Lisa realized he had a little too much drive for that, she got involved in the sport. Once in, she was hooked, and less than a year later, she was back for another puppy.
Lisa participates in the sport both in her home province of PEI with the PEISC (GSSCC) and regularly with our club in NB, The Sirius Working Dog Association. Lisa is currently apprenticing as Training Director with The SWDA as well. She’s an enthusiastic trainer who loves to share her knowledge and experience to new members. Thanks Lisa for representing our breeding program, and this sport so well!
Very excited to share some DOUBLE GOOD NEWS! Scroll down! 🙂
Our German import Zeus vom Goldbergsee BH turned two on June 19. We had his hips and elbows xrayed on that day. We have results in from the OFA, Hips EXCELLENT and Elbows NORMAL! Now our little man can go on supervised “dates”! 😉
In other exciting news, Khaos von der Leidenschaft, the smallest born puppy in the history of our kennel, also had recent hip and elbow evaluations. We just received word from the OFA that his hips are GOOD, and Elbows NORMAL! Also important to know, Khaos and all of his littermates are DCM Clear by parentage. 🙂 This powerhouse is owned by Lisa Gaudet, and trains with both the PEI IGP club, and our own Sirius Working Dog Association. We hope to use him in our breeding program down the line. He is his Daddy’s boy! <3
The month isn’t over yet! Stay tuned for more news later in the week! 😉
As always around here, May was a busy month. We are all trying to adapt to the “new normal” which means not being able to accompany our “kids” to the vet’s office. Fortunately we have a great team and our kids are sound in nerve and temperament and don’t even notice we’re not there. We are very pleased to announce our Khira von der Leidenschaft passed her hip and elbow evaluations for the OFA! She has Excellent hips and Normal elbows. She is also DCM Clear by parentage.
In June, Zeus vom Goldbergsee turns two and will also be evaluated. THEN we should be able to announce our plans for the remainder of 2020. We have had an incredible amount of interest in our upcoming litters, and we can only thank the folks who have taken on our K, L, and M-litters and shown their true potential. Unfortunately with world wide restrictions, it could be another year before we see any advanced titles.
Stay tuned for our June update! We are still taking applications every day, so if you’re interested in a puppy from our upcoming litters, please complete our Potential Puppy Owner Questionnaire.
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We are pleased to announce Officer Hearne and K9 LeKarter have certified as a team in Explosives Detection. Special thanks to their trainer Tracy Landis and the crew at Ultimate Working Dogs for taking our puppy through this professional program and creating a great team for law enforcement. We hope they enjoy a long and safe career!
LeKarter is one of the puppies from our L-litter from Glock von der Leidenschaft IPO3 and Rogue vom Klingsgarten IGP1, IGP-FHV. Giant Schnauzers are renowned in Europe as police service dogs, and are slowly becoming recognized in North America as a great multipurpose police K9. This is just the beginning for Office Hearne and K9 LeKarter! So Proud! 😀
Two days early, but we managed to pull together to get ‘er done! 🙂 Beginning early evening on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in to late afternoon on Friday, Momma Rogue delivered us a beautiful litter of 10. Six males and four females are all doing well after a full 24 hours.
This is a three-peat of our wonderful K & L-litters. Offspring from those two litters are already earning titles in working sports, including a few BH (temperament/obedience) titles and some advanced tracking titles. At least one of the K-litter will be competing in IGP1 (formerly Schutzhund and IPO) this winter. One of the L-litter is training in police work, specializing in bomb detection.
This combination has also produced some of the most amazing companions/family guardians for singles, couples, and families. The feedback we get from our buyers assures us, our breeding program is definitely on the right track.
There is a great deal of interest in this litter already, we are in the early stages of screening, and securing homes right now. Some are return buyers, pre-approved, and some are trusted friends known for many years. A few are new to us with background in police and k9 work. We have not promised the entire litter yet, but we are reserving some pups for those who’ve expressed interest in the recent past.
Temperament and drives are the deciding factors when selecting homes for any of our litters. If you’re on the reserve list it’s because we need to see (in the coming weeks) if any of this litter will be suitable for your needs. It doesn’t benefit anyone (least of all the puppy) if we can’t make a good match for your wants/needs. Please be patient with us as we make that determination.
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We are pleased to announce our M-litter has (hopefully!) been conceived this past weekend. This will be a THREEPEAT on our Glock von der Leidenschaft IPO3 and our German import Rogue vom Klingsgarten IGP1, IFH-V.
Already the offspring from the K and L-litters are proving themselves on the performance fields. 11 month old Loki just earned his CKC Tracking Dog title! Several of the K-litter pups have earned their BH titles, and others some additional tracking titles. As well we are seeing fantastic drives and strong nerves in the protection phase of these sports. LeKarter is in the early stages of police training, with a specialization in bomb detection. And of course many of these pups are doing the toughest job of all, being a great family pet!
You can follow the progress via Instagram “leidenschaftkennels” and on our Facebook page.
Our small club The Sirius Working Dog Association held our two-day trial on October 5 & 6, 2019. With DVG Judge Ann Dolan, we tried 5 BH titles and one IGP 1 title on the first day. Successful teams: Lisa Gaudet with Khaos von der Leidenschaft, BH Stephen Lanyi with Khira von der Leidenschaft, BH Ron Murray with Zeus vom Goldbergsee, BH Ron Murray with Rogue vom Klingsgarten, IGP1
On day two, we had two successful tracking teams: Stephen Lanyi with Khira von der Leidenschaft, IGP-V Track Ron Murray with Rogue vom Klingsgarten, IFH-V Track
Congratulations to everyone and looking forward to a few more weeks of training before the S-word arrives! 😉
The end of May and the first few days of June have been a busy time for our canine pack! We are pleased all the news is HAPPY! 🙂
On May 27, 2019 we took our youngsters to see world renowned Ophthalmologist Dr. Cheryl Cullen for their CAER (Companion Animal Eye Registry) eye exams. Khira von der Leidenschaft (co-owned with Stephen and Alyssa Lanyi), Zia vom Lindelbrunn, and Zeus vom Goldbergsee all received CEAR certification. This is one more step cleared for inclusion in our future breeding program.
On June 1, 2019 after a sudden inquiry of the puppies, we determined a suitable home for our princess Leia. She has gone off to be a loving companion and home protection dog for a couple in Nova Scotia. We are happy with the match, and wish her the best life! <3
And last but certainly not least of this month so far, our boy Glock von der Leidenschaft IPO3 celebrates his 10th birthday today! We wish his siblings who are still with us, a very happy 10th birthday, and remember those who have crossed the Bridge.
Congratulations to our 15 month old puppy, Kwest von der Leidenschaft BH, FH-V!! So grateful to her humans, Ted and Lani Cooper for the amazing effort they’ve put forth in her training. Lani and Kwest have only been training together for 9 months! What a great team!
For those not familiar with our sport, IGP (formerly known as IPO or Schutzhund) 15 months is the minimum age a dog can enter competition. Kwest was JUST 15 months at the end of February. The BH title is the gateway to the sport of IGP, no dog can compete in anything further without first achieving the BH. The actual title is “Begliethundeprufung” and it translates to “Companion examination”. It is an examination of the dog’s stability of nerve and temperament, basic on and off leash obedience, and a traffic test which includes exposure to vehicles, bicycles, joggers, crowds, and many other distractions. Lani and Kwest achieved this title at a trial in El Paso, Texas on March 22, 2019.
The next day they attempted and achieved the FH-V title, a tracking title, in very tough conditions! Not just dirt, but dirt freshly spread with manure! Of the five stand alone Tracking titles only Kwest and one other were successful! The FH-V track is the same length as an IGP 3 track! It is 600 paces long, and aged at least ninety minutes. There is no cross track at this level, but there are 5 legs, with the last turn being an acute angle. This track is laid by the handler and uses the handlers own articles. By the time Kwest and Lani got to their track, it was 2 hours old under a hot sun!