November 2018

How has it been more than a month since my last update?!? Wow the time has flown by this year.
We might, but I doubt it, have 10 more sleeps in us before the L-litter arrives, due December 7th! Rogue is doing fantastic and as of last Friday (week 7 weigh day) has gained 16.5 pounds! She is completely on track with last year.

7.5 weeks pregnant! :)

7.5 weeks pregnant! 🙂

This year is a little busier, with Zia and Zeus still requiring a lot of attention to become model citizens in the house and out. Having the new back steps built from the upper deck to the lower has been a huge help, meaning we don’t have to juggle dogs to get the puppies in and out. This means less stress on Momma-to-be.
We have a growing list of serious contenders for puppies, but we still welcome your questionnaire if you’re interested in being considered for the L-litter.

In other news, our beautiful Bermuda Blue finally left the nest and arrived at her new home on November 16th. She is already adored by her humans and 4 year old Sambuca (Sammy).

Sambuca and Kahlua (theme much?) ;) aka Blue at home in Bermuda.

Sambuca and Kahlua (theme much?) 😉 aka Blue at home in Bermuda.









If you’re tired of waiting for updates here, you can usually find something new posted each day on Facebook, Instagram @leidenschaftkennels, and Twitter! Come on over and join us!

October 2018 News

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all of our family and friends. On this gorgeous day I am so thankful for our beautiful land, and these amazing dogs who share it with us.

Ron with "Blue", Zia, and Zeus.

Ron with “Blue”, Zia, and Zeus.

We are also excited to announce that we have mated Glock and Rogue this weekend for what we hope will be a successful L-litter due on December 7, 2018. This is a repeat of our last litter, and there is already so much interest in this litter we are worried we won’t have enough puppies to go around! If the timing is right for you for a February arrival, please do complete our puppy questionnaire, or if you already have, please state your continued interest.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for regular updates!

September 2018 News!!

A day late and several dollars short… our new (and last for awhile!) baby Zeus vom Goldbergsee arrived at our home in Canada from Germany on August 31, 2018. It’s been a busy few days getting him on Atlantic time and establishing his place in the pack.

It’s been an exciting weekend in Germany as the Deutsche Meisterschaft for Riesenschnauzers was held on September 1 & 2. The winner was Zeus’ daddy Xaro von der Schonburg! In third place was Zia’s aunt, Kara-Mia vom Lindelbrunn!

Also in family success, Rogue’s uncle Nelson vom Klingsgarten won the FH competition (highest degree in Tracking!) in Germany.

More details can be seen on our Von Der Leidenschaft Giant Schnauzers Facebook page! 

August 2018 News!

Happy to report our Glock von der Leidenschaft, Jade von der Leidenschaft, and our German import Rogue vom Klingsgarten, have all been cleared of Dilated Cardiomyopathy via DNA testing. Results should be available soon on each dog’s listing at The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

Our newest baby, Zia vom Lindelbrunn will be tested once her registration papers arrive from Germany.

Stay tuned next week for another announcement! 😉

Kricket is SOLD!

And then there were none!
Happy/sad to report Kricket will leave for her forever home in the US early August.
Blue remains in our care until the fall when she can head to Bermuda.

Princess Zia is in the house!

Zia vom LindelbrunnFresh off the plane from Germany, Zia is our newest addition. She will begin her IPO training immediately, and upon successful completion of health tests, will join our breeding program. We are excited for this new addition, and grateful to Gerhard and Heide Funck for trusting us with one of their own. We hope you will follow Zia’s progress here, on Facebook, and on Working Dog.


Today I received two separate messages from two puppy owners. They reminded me, WHY we do what we do.

“They do it for the money,” say the ignorant and the haters. Yes, THAT’S IT! I think as I check my bank balance. It’s NOT very high. I’m happy if it’s not in the overdraft!

I tell people all the time, our kennel name “Leidenschaft” is the German word for PASSION, not bank account.

So what keeps us going through the failed AI matings, the false pregnancies, the silent heats, the 2-year-old stud-to-be who fails a health test and needs to be rehomed…

What keeps us going through the anxious moments of the first few days of a litter? Carefully checking weight gains, watching the little ones get time on a teat… What keeps us going when government regulations thwart us at every turn, and one airline’s rules are not the same as the next? What keeps us going when the haters hate, and the ignorant believe?

Rogue vom Klingsgarten BH with our K-litter. 9 females, 2 males. Born November 30, 2017

Rogue vom Klingsgarten BH with our K-litter. 9 females, 2 males. Born November 30, 2017

The Lovers! That’s what. The ones who message us with their new puppy’s first EVERYTHING! The ones who send us photos, and video clips, and private messages that say: “Sorry to gush so much, but really we’re over the moon!” To which I immediately replied, “Gush away! It helps us through those sleepless nights.”

We are breeders, and as such, we appreciate the breeders who entrust us with THEIR offspring. We do our best with their puppies, nurturing them, training them, bringing them up in a happy, healthy environment, so that they may go on to be the parents of the next generations of Leidenschaft puppies.

It’s not easy, it’s not cheap; sometimes it’s downright heartbreaking. So here’s to the Lovers. You know who you are, and you are deeply appreciated.

Kacey von der Leidenschaft is SOLD!

We are happy to announce that our Krazy Kacey is sold and placed in her new home in the U.S. We wish her and her new owner years of success!

Still available to a working home only:


A Spotlight on Kricket von der Leidenschaft!

Kricket started out as a “sleeper” puppy. We didn’t quite know how to classify her. Well she is now showing us she has WORKING DRIVES! She is thorough in tracking, confident in obedience and agility, and FIERCE in her bitework!
Kricket has a lean athletic build which will suit any type of sport or working application. kricketforweb
She is available to an experience working/sport home only. You can see more photos and details about Kricket at her profile on Working Dog! Click the link below.


Kricket’s profile on Working Dog

Kora von der Leidenschaft is SOLD!

We are happy to announce that our love bug Kora is spoken for and will join her new family in the US later in June!

Still available to working homes only:


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