Rutger is a moderate, balanced male with very nice substance. There is not one part of Rutger that stands out over the other; with the exception of his Wow! mane. Rutger has received quite a few excellent ratings from European judges over the years. In March of 2014 Rutger went BOB at a supported entry of 22 Leonbergers, over the #1 Leo in the country and some other top ranked Leos. Rutger is also a group placing Leonberger. Rutger ended 2014 as the #3 ranked Owner-handled Leonberger.
Confident, steady and outgoing, Rutger excels at any activity we try together. He has earned both front and backend titles. In 2014, Rutger was the first Leonberger to advance to BOB at the LCA National Specialty Club Show out of the Versatile Dog class. He has been, and continues to be, owner-handled for every title, including his AKC Championship and Grand Championship. We made our first attempt at his draft dog title at the National Specialty in April 2014, and we missed qualifying by just one error. At our second attempt at the LCA draft test in March 2015 (the first ever LCA Regional draft test) we were successful in passing the test, and Rutger has earned his Novice Draft Dog title. In 2014 Rutger finished his CD title - three legs earned in three tests over the course of one month. Each of the three judges commented on Rutger very positively, "what a fun dog!"..."keep going with this great Leo!"..."his tail never stopped wagging"..."I've never had a Leonberger in my obedience ring, and I am impressed!". Rutger placed 2nd when he received his first leg and 1st when he received his third leg. In Spring of 2015 we finished Rutger's Rally Excellent title, and he has just been awarded the LCA's prestigious Versatile Leonberger Excellent "VLX" title. I am so proud of this great Leo! Working with Rutger in obedience and rally has been very rewarding and amusing. Rutger loves nothing more than to have an audience, and when he knows people are watching he loves to perform! One of the obedience judges we earned a CD leg under kept her clipboard in front of her face so Rutger wouldn't see her amusement.
Rutger has personality plus! Rutger is a laid back boy around the house. He and his male Leo housemate and two cat housemates get along exceptionally well. When it's time to get to work Rutger has the ability to focus and step up to any task. Therapy dog? Why yes he is! Rutger was born to do therapy work! I'm proud to report that several of Rutger's offspring are also active therapy dogs.
Rutger has produced some very nice offspring that are just starting to mature. We will be keeping a close eye on them. One thing is for sure, all of his offspring have inherited his happy demeanor and wagging tail. The breeders of his first two litters have been very pleased with the puppies he has produced. I am happy to share their comments if you are interested in using Rutger in your breeding program.