Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The best part about being a breeder is receiving updates from families on their much-loved Leo family members.  I've started using SmugMug to store the photos of my dogs and puppy updates, if you're interested in seeing how everyone is growing up you can visit this link: Tipping Point Leonbergers SmugMug

Here's a sneak peak of what you can find there:

TippingPoint's Bella Kona
TippingPoint's Bridge Over Troubled Water

Lexi (Yellow) and friends
TippingPoint's Alexis

Bluebonnet's Priv Coll PrinceTeddy of TippingPoint
Sherlock (Orange)
TippingPoint's Celtic Holmes of Bluebonnet

Bluebonnet's Patent Pending of TippingPoint earning his RATI

Brielle (A Litter, Red) and Ranger (C Litter, Brown)
TippingPoint's Ari Brielle and TippingPoint's California Ranger of Bluebonnet

Cooper (Green)
Bluebonnet's Priv Coll Cooper of TippingPoint

Tessa (Red) @ 5.5 months
TippingPoint's Contessa of Bluebonnet

Dazzle @ 5 months
TippingPoint's Dazzling Pursuit

TippingPoint's Discover the World

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Venture and I had a successful weekend at the Panhandle Plains Obedience Trial!  We finished our Rally Novice title and earned two legs toward our Rally Advanced title.

The previous weekend Cinder came from the classes to take Best of Breed over two nice special bitches!

TippingPoint's Adventure NAP TKN RN

Wildering's Too Hot For You

18 months

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

A couple of years ago I was blessed to spend a day water training with Kathy Sylvia and the New Mexico Newfoundlands.  Venture was a young lady then and not so sure that swimming was her gig.  I was so incredibly impressed with the NM Newfs and their people.  They were warm and welcoming and danged good at their job.  I wanted to be like them.  Still do.

This weekend I was able to take my water loving Cinder to New Mexico.  She was a natural!  Her daughter, Tessa, also came with Lynn Gregory.  Like mother, like daughter in the water.  It was a wonderful experience and a perfect way to end my summer break. 

Cin's first ride on a boat.
Retrieving the bumper
Retrieving the boat cushion

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday, June 12th, 2017

There are tons of new videos and photos of the C and D Litters on the Tipping Point SmugMug page -- go check it out!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Recently, another genetic marker for a disease affecting the Leonberger has been found.  The Leonberger Health Foundation, on which I am honored to serve as Vice President, is proud to have supported the efforts of the University of Minnesota to find LPN1, LPN2, and now LEMP.  The LHF will continue to support research in genetic testing in hopes of providing breeders with every tool available to giving our beloved breed its best chance at a long and healthy life.

However, sometimes the addition of a new, and maybe not yet well understood, test can send an entire breeding community into hysterics. With time and knowledge, the dust will settle and everyone will remember that genetic testing is just that - a tool.  One which we are blessed to have.

Longtime Australian Shepherd breeder and contributor to the Institute of Canine Biology, C.A. Sharp, wrote a great article about how to best use genetic testing as a tool without condemning a part of an already small breeding population.  The article can be found here:  Bad Genes, Babies & Bathwater.

From the University of Minnesota:
LEMP is a partially penetrant autosomal recessive disease. Autosomal recessive means that two copies of the mutation are required to show signs of disease; partially penetrant means that among genetically affected dogs (D/D) not all will show obvious clinical signs in their lifetime.  N/N and D/N dogs do not develop the LEMP disease.

LEMP D/D dogs should not be used for breeding.  We do not recommend exclusion of LEMP carrier (D/N) dogs from the breeding pool. Within each mating pair, at least one parent should be LEMP (N/N).

A direct quote made by Katie Minor of UofM on her Facebook page:
The point of genetic testing should be to keep as many dogs as possible in the breeding population without producing disease. 

For more information on the genetic disease called LEMP, click here. 

I have received results of the LEMP genetic test for my current breeding stock.  Zippo, Cinder, Venture, and Bryn all have two clear alleles for the gene (N/N). Their test results will be up on OFA by mid-summer. In the meantime, copies of the documents for each of my dogs can be seen below and found in their gallery on the Tipping Point SmugMug page.





"I did then what I knew how to do.  Now that I know better, I do better."
Maya Angelou

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday, May 8th, 2017

There is not much better than puppy breath . . . .

(Click on the photo to follow a link to the Litter Galleries.)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Venture is confirmed pregnant with Zippo!!  Puppies are due the first week of May.  

More information and a Puppy Application can be found on the Puppy Plans page of this website.  Please contact me at if you are interested in a puppy from this litter.