Kennel Od Brdské studánky

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How did our life with Leonbergers begin

Our breeding kennel Od Brdské studánky was registrated in 2002. We named the kennels after our favourite place in Brdy Woods where we often go for a walk. 
How did our life with Leonbergers begin? How did we choose this breed? Our grand mother wanted a black dog, parents preferred a middle-sized one to be kept outside the house (that was their priority) Wink so we chose Leonberger that definitely met all these conditions!Tongue Out

Bessy - Bessy pod Tisem - our first leonberger - was born 16.5.1998 in the kennels of Pod tisem owned by Petr Blecha from Čelákovice. Bessy had 3 brothers and 5 sisters. We brought her home in July 1998. When my aunt first saw her, she called her Medoušek (Honey) Cool All her family called Bessy this way since then. Bessy was a lively puppy and we realized very soon that it would be necessary to find some fun and entertainment for her because, to be honest, we did not appreciate her games as a "Trench Warfare" or "Gnaw-This-Trees-or-I-will" too much Wink

We had no experience regarding dogs and their training so that we started attending training grounds - obedience is important for leons, too. The grounds were a village, nearly family place. We did a few excercises and figures but could not find any helper for defence - once they learnt the dog was a leongerger, they refused immediately - God knows why.

From time to time we went tracking - Bes was excellent in it. Then we released our dogs and chatted while they were playing. We were so sorry when the grounds were closed in 2003 and sold as a building site, and that the town of Mirosov did not back cynologists up, even did not offer them another place. We did not understand why.

It is true that only three or four people used to train their dogs regularly there but me and Vladěn decided to raise our symbolic protest voice and take at least the Basic Obedience Exam (ZZO). Our dogs - Cir (Alsatian) and Bes both passed successfully.

Bes was always eager to train, every Saturday she still led me to the grounds in spite of the fact they had already been closed for weeks/months. She simply did not understand, too.

Bessy had twelve lovely and healthy puppies in two litters. Father of the first litter (A) being a beautiful dog from the Czech breed - Arny Danův přítel. On May 1, 2003, six puppies were born, two males Alf and Assan, and four females Aida, Asta, Arka, and Alma. Assan (called Berny) was allowed to breed in May 2005. Assan is father of four litters nine puppies were born in the Od Bučického mlýna kennel, three in Golden Elf kennel, four in Čejiva 4 kennel and six puppies in kennel Zelená míle. Some of Assan's puppies breed and have excellent results at dog shows which makes us really happy.

Father of the second litter (B) is Plet, a fine robust dog from the Danish breed - Khaimas' Just Incredible. The puppies were born on May 18, 2005, first Borris, Ben, Bad, Bary and Barros came into world followed by the only female of the litter Barča. Bára stayed with us to become Besa's successor. From this litter, two dogs are allowed to breed - our Barča and male Borris. He became a proud father of 6 puppies in kennel z Řešetovských pastvin.

Barča - Bára od Brdské studánky so different from a spontaneous Bess, has always behaved as a real lady. A sort of hypocrisy from her side, I am afraid, because a little devil hidden inside her sometimes says his bit as well :-) She loves soft cuddly toys but treats them carefully - e.g. she has had her cat since birth. Only she always snatches their eyes Wink maybe not to be watched and keep her privacy when playing with them :-)

Unlike Bes, Bára was growing symmetrically and when she was eight months old, she was of the same height as Bes and the weighed 43 kg. Then she started to hárat u psů nevím and since then kept her slim build, driving us crazy. She ate everything - sweets, meat, dry food, eggs... as if she was afraid that something could jump out of the food and bite her. Her puberty ended up two years later. Then she put on several kilos. In February 2008 she weighs 53 kg and reached the final weight of 58 kg (2012). After several failures when she tried to get food together with the platem - can perfectly steal food in the way Bes used to do it Wink

Having two dogs is a fun and I can recommend it to everybody. They invent new and new games, hunt cats, tussle about toys and cats, steal food... so there is always a lot to watch! Even passers-by often stopped to watch them. Also, walking with two BIG dogs makes you look imposing and noble, even dangerous (or at least people with small dogs think so).

Bára was allowed to breed in autumn 2007. We looked forward to having puppies looked after by their mum as well as by grandma. It would have been interesting experience for us. Unfortunately, Bessy, our Medoušek - Honey, Bessinka, Brusinka, did not live long enough to see her daughter's offspring. She died in January 2008. We all miss her a lot.

Yet we decided to cover Bára. We chose a young German dog Jökull Löwe von Walhall. On April 4, 2008, ten puppies - litter C - were born. The delivery was long but Bára managed it without trouble which unfortunately could not be said about us: it was our first experience with such a large litter and things did not go as smoothly as we had expected. Bára did her best to help us but still there was a lot of work left to us. Feeding puppies with milk was brand new experience for us. At first, they did not like it too much but quickly realized what was going on and started hunting us like little hungry raptors, unforgettable Fialka's "first words" being: "Yummy yummy" in my tummy Wink. The next two months turned our hair grey and our faces wrinkled Wink Cool but first of all supplied us with outstanding experience. We had a wonderful time with the puppies. Our decision to keep all the puppies at home for eight weeks turned to be a great idea. We could watch our sweet seven-week old doggies changing into a demolition squad.

Of all the litter, Fialka (Comtesa) was the liveliest and most forceful, and I do dare to call her its most distinctive personality Wink.

Once again I would like to thank to all people who helped us or were helpful with their advice. Wink

Female Cordula and male Cyril were allowed to breed in 2012. We wish them good luck and plenty of breeding achievements.

We had been thinking about buying a male dog for some time. When Bess died, it was clear we would have to find a new friend for Bára. We contacted the Norwegian kennel Aldibaras. We wrote to the breeder and waited eagerly wondering if she would agree and if there would be a puppy left for us. And she agreed! Great! Unfortunately, all males from the litter had already been booked, so that we had to wait for the results of the next mating. And we were lucky! During four hours, Kraka gave a birth to thirteen lovely healthy puppies, nine males and four females - enough to choose from! We were finally offered the one with a gold ribbon - Aldibara's Climbs Mt Brdy in Czech We decided to call him Fabián. A Czech legend says that Fabián is a good spirit of the Brdy woods. But later we learn that it was the name of a robbery-knight, too Cool
Fabián belonged to the most lively puppies. I don't know how the breeder managed to guess, but he has exactly the same temperament and character as Bessy had. Our life will be a far cry from boredom, then! He has been playing tricks since the first day he arrived at his new home. Bára has already been stolen all her toys and even lost her beloved den - the robber-knight has come out, then! Tongue Out He has also siezed my winter jacket. It became his favourite blanket on the way home and he still continues taking it to his den to sleep on it. Fortunately, he doesn't destroy things.
Bára immediately recognized her big (though still quite little) chum in him and began teaching him how to carry toys and chase cats. Ducks and hens are possible to chase, too. What a fun!
As a welcome gift, Fabián received a one-metre long cuddly tiger. He quickly grasped what it was for. He keeps practising several times a day.
Once again, many thanks to all of you who helped us to get a puppy to our home.