RIP Degen von der Leidenschaft

bridgeThis past week, on August 4, 2015, Ron and I said our final goodbye to our very best friend. Degen passed away peacefully in my lap at our vet clinic. He held on to his ball until the very end, because that’s just the kind of dog he was.

With his mate Ghira vom Klingsgarten, Degen sired 5 beautiful litters of puppies for our kennel. His calm and loving demeanor is present in each and every puppy and many carry his amazing drives. We are proud that Degen also sired Canada’s FIRST Giant Schnauzer Police K9, from our H-litter, born in 2010. Regardless of what our puppies do for a living, they are all loving companions and we thank him for that.

Degen ‘worked’ hard in the sport of Schutzhund/IPO up until we retired him in 2012. He didn’t take kindly to being left behind while the other kids trained, but I would tell him he had an important job to do, protecting our home until we returned. Today I didn’t have to disappoint him, but I did have to lock the door.

He will be forever missed, not just by me and Ron, but his large fan base. He was the dog everyone wanted to take home.

We’ll meet again at the Bridge my friend. <3


Update for July 2015

Rogue 10 weeks beach trip

Rogue vom Klingsgarten at 10 weeks old. First trip to the beach in Jemseg, NB, Canada.

Introducing Rogue vom Klingsgarten! I can’t believe she’s been with us 10 days already. Testimony to how busy we’ve been that this announcement hasn’t come sooner! 😉 Fresh off the plane from Germany to Halifax on July 10, 2015. Rogue is from the same kennel as her great-aunt Ghira vom Klingsgarten. We hope in a few years Rogue will produce the same wonderful puppies Ghira did. In the meantime she’s keeping our ‘Old Man’ Degen very busy. He’s being very good with her, teaching her our routines, building her drives and confidence. She’s a very smart puppy, quick to figure things out (Dad/Ron thinks a little too quick at times!) and has loads of confidence. We’re very pleased with her. Thanks to Rolf Wassmuth at Klingsgarten Kennels for his trust in us.

Updates For June 2015!

Leidenschaft Kennels has joined the Twitterverse! :)


You can now follow Leidenschaft Kennels on Twitter @Leidenschaft95.

We’ve been excited to follow @SPSCanine on Twitter to keep tabs on our granddog Hugo Von Der Leidenschaft, call name Tyr.   He is a Ghira x Degen offspring. He is Canada’s FIRST Giant Schnauzer Police Dog, following in a long line of police dogs from both his sire and dam’s side.

SPS K9 Unit @SPSCanine May 12
‪#‎psdtyr takes a bite out of crime, literally! 5 suspects flee from stolen SUV, K9 track = all suspects in custody

Tammy Murray's photo.
Ron has also been busy in his workshop and recently completed this matching leash and collar set. The collar is 26″! That’s a BIG dog! Looking forward to attaching some photos once the order arrives in Alberta. World wide shipping is not a problem!
Our leather products are 12 oz English Bridle using brass hardware. Our leashes are braided, not stitched or riveted. This gives strength and flexibility for years of comfortable use.
Check in with us in July. We’re planning an extra special announcement! 😉

Updates For May 2015!

We are excited to announce that Ron Murray will be out and about this year! He has a Level One Obedience Class starting in Nackawic, NB on Thursday, May 14th @ 7:00 PM. Anyone interested in more details can contact Ron directly via email ronmurray AT or call him at (506) 260-2015 or sign up for this Facebook Event.

Ron is also hoping to start Obedience classes in Salisbury, NB, soon.


In other news, we are disappointed to announce that plans for a Spring 2015 Giant Schnauzer litter have fallen through. We are in the process of establishing a Fall connection. Stay tuned for further updates.

Our New Look!

Welcome to our new look at Leidenschaft Kennels! :) It’s not as fancy as the old one with its flash animation, mega pages or photo albums and video clips, BUT we ARE up to date!

Degen von der Leidenschaft on his 10th birthday. November 11, 2013

Degen von der Leidenschaft on his 10th birthday. November 11, 2013

The old site became a millstone around my neck and is now embarrassingly out of date. With this simple WordPress site I can quickly update new class dates, add new products to Leidenschaft Leather, and announce news on the status of any Giant Schnauzer Litters.

So current is better than flashy right? Good! I thought you’d agree!

Please check back with us as this site gets tweaked here and there, and please share on your favourite social media platform.

Tammy L. Murray

A Brief History of our Giant Schnauzer Breeding Program

In 1995 Ron and Tammy Murray settled in the community of Langford on Vancouver Island, BC. They had a rescue Giant Schnauzer named Zeus who they chose not to breed because of questionable temperament.

In 2000 they bought out the remaining breeding stock from Eichenbaum Kennels in Wisconsin. Liebchen, Kurt and Oberin’s bloodline was based on some fine old German breeding stock, but it would be a few more years before they would find the magic combination to establish Von Der Leidenschaft Giant Schnauzers.

Big brother Glock tests the mettle of his little sister Jade in 2012.

Big brother Glock tests the mettle of his little sister Jade in 2012.

In 2002 Ron and Tammy moved to New Brunswick. In 2003, Tammy drove Oberin vom Eichenbaum south, to Florida to mate to German import Ascan vom Klingsgarten; the result was Degen von der Leidenschaft. The connection to the Klingsgarten kennel brought about the purchase of Ghira vom Klingsgarten in 2004.

The combination of Degen’s rock solid nerve, loving temperament, and high end prey drive with Ghira’s sharpness and take-a-message attitude has produced dozens of wonderfully balanced, yet challenging offspring.

In 2009 they chose the best male from the G-litter and in 2012 they chose the best bitch puppy from the J-litter. Going forward their intention is to combine the high drives and stable temperament their kennel is known for, with the finest European working lines available.

Our New Look!

We are streamlining Leidenschaft Kennels’ website.  Please be patient as we update and simplify.  Thanks!  :)