We live together with 3 children and 2 dogs (Leonberger and longhaired Dutch Shepherd) in a small village in Westfalia, in the middle of fields and in direct vicinity of the Möhnesee and the "Sauerland" with its extensive forest landscape. An ideal place with enough room to run about for both children and dogs.
As one can hardly think of two breeds that are more different than Leonberger and Dutch Shepherds you may ask why we chose to live with a Dutch Shepherd in 2002 after living for more than 16 years with Leonberger Dogs. After the children had become somewhat older and therefore we had more time again for long walks and activities with dogs, we were looking for a medium-sized, unspoilt dog with a lively temperament, who would go along well with a family with children; on the other hand it should be a dog one can "work" with. After nearly having decided to take a Belgian Shepherd we saw a longhaired Dutch Shepherd for the first time and it was love at first sight.
We haven't regretted our decision for a second till now. Dutch Shepherds are simply fun! Our Dutch Shepherd bitch Charis is a member of the family, a friend for the children, "Wailing Wall" for those with grief, a friend you can play with, walking and jogging companion, and partner for dog training. Our wish to become a breeder has evolved, because we have so much fun with this dog. We are looking forward to see Charis' puppies grow up and of course we are very curious how they will evelop when they are adults. Of course it should be taken for granted that we will socialise the puppies well.
If you are interested in longhaired Dutch Shepherds, give us a ring, send us an e-mail or visit us in our turbulent home.
We are looking forward to your visit and will give you any advice you need.
Yours Regina Klenner