LCGB Temperament Assessments

 

Below you will find the following sections all about Temperament Assessments:

 

1. Temperament Assessment Outline

 

2. Frequently Asked Questions

 

3. Roll of Honour

 

4. Next Event Notification -  See Dates for Diary.

 

1. TEMPERAMENT ASSESSMENT OUTLINE

The Leonberger has always enjoyed a reputation for their calm and steady temperaments, so essential in a dog of this size and strength. The breed standard states that they should be an “Amenable, intelligent and fearless companion; distinguished by their friendliness”. In today’s increasingly less dog-friendly society, these qualities are perhaps more important than ever before and we all share in the responsibility to ensure that our breed maintains the highest standards of behaviour. Our Breeders’ Code of Ethics has always stated that “I will only breed from those dogs and bitches believed to be mentally stable and not suffering from acute nervous or aggressive problems”. In many of our sister clubs around the world, Temperament Assessments have been a requirement for breeding stock, right along side other relevant checks such as hip and eye screening. At the 2007 AGM it was agreed by the membership that our club should also put in place a scheme that would provide Leo owners in the UK with a uniform and reliable assessment of basic temperament.

 

 

The difference between character and temperament

We started from the position that temperament is what the animal is born with, while character is what sort of individual it grows into and this is, not surprisingly, highly dependant on how it is raised. Essentially, we are interested in initial reactions, rather than general obedience. Therefore, the issue of whether a dog can be “trained” to pass a temperament assessment should not become an issue. Socialisation, especially early on, can help shape the way a dog responds to new or unexpected things in its environment, but there will be fundamental temperamental attributes that a puppy is born with, and these can be extreme in some cases. In short, most dogs can, with training, develop into well balanced members of our shared society. A highly strung temperament will not condemn a dog to failure, but it may require rather more from their owner in terms of training and socialisation. Assessing temperament early on, and evaluating strengths and weaknesses, can help owners manage this process.

 

The difference between an immature temperament and that of a fully mature adult-

Many of us will have experienced the various stages of a young dog’s personality as it grows through adolescence into maturity. How often have we heard the lament that a well trained pup goes through a “teenage” stage where it appears to have forgotten virtually all of its good manners? Hormones can have a drastic affect on a young dog or bitch’s personality, leading in some cases to surprising and unexpected shifts in its character. For this reason, the LCGB offers a two stage assessment; level one being available to dogs and bitches between 6 months and two years old, and level two which is only available after they have reached their 2nd birthday.

Pass certificates are only available for level two tests. While is it possible for owners to only bring their Leos once for  their level 2 assessments after its second birthday, we encourage people to consider starting with  the level one evaluation while they are young, as this can help identify areas of concern allowing owners to tailor their young Leo’s socialisation more carefully.

The LCGB strives to offer at least two temperament assessment events per year, usually spring and autumn, and details will be posted on the Club website and printed in the newsletter.

 

2. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A. Why are temperament assessments important? - Leonbergers are often referred to as “Gentle Giants” but this calm character is by no means guaranteed. It would only require a couple of generations of taking this charming personality for granted and we could start to loose it. Temperament, like any other genetic characteristic, must be actively cultivated by booth breeders and through proper socialisation by owners.  It is a precious quality of our breed and we all share a responsibility for safeguarding it. That is why virtually all other Leonberger Clubs internationally include temperament assessments as part of their breeding tests. The LCGB would like to give this same opportunity to Leo owners here in the UK.

B. Who can have their dog assessed? - Any Leonberger owner, whether they are a member of the LCGB or not.

C. At what age can my Leo be assessed? - To be formally assessed a dog or bitch must be at least 16 months old. This will have given them some time to start to mature and for their adult character to begin to emerge enough to be properly evaluated. Anyone wishing to bring a youngster along for a preliminary assessment is encouraged to do so. This will take the same form as a full assessment, but no pass certificate will be achievable until the age of 16 months. Puppy evaluations can be helpful in giving owners a valuable insight into how their youngsters are developing; highlighting any areas where they could use more focused attention so that they have the best chance of developing a calm and well rounded temperament.

D. Will my dog be frightened? - At no time during the evaluation do assessors try to frighten subjects. That is not the object of the exercise at all. The dog will be asked to experience and respond to new places and novel events, but the assessment will be discontinued if at any time the subject exhibits fear or distress.

E. How do you do the assessments? - Please see the section called Format for a summary of the full assessment procedure.

F. What will I get from having my dog assessed? - Leos who pass their temperament assessments will get a pass certificate from the Leonberger Club of Great Britain. Passes will also be listed along with other relevant health data on the LCGB online Studbook. They will also get their names added to our Roll of Honour.

G. What happens if my dog fails the assessment? - If your Leo fails the evaluation, the assessor will provide a full feedback sheet highlighting those areas where they could use improvement and suggesting further socialisation activities that might help improve their responses. They will be invited to retake an evaluation, with a gap of at least 6 months in order to provide sufficient time to address any issues the dog may have. Failures will not be published.

H. My dog passed the KC Good citizens test or PAT dog assessment, isn’t that the same thing? - No, it is not. The LCGB temperament assessments are designed to evaluate natural reactions, not to assess learned behaviour. Furthermore, the evaluations have been designed to be appropriate to our breed.

I. How much will it cost? - LCGB Club members are asked to contribute a fee of £5 for the assessment. Non club members are welcome to also take part, but the contribution will be £10.

Below you will find lists of Leonbergers that have passed a LCGB Temperament Assessment.

 

3. ROLL OF HONOUR

Temperament Assessment Passes 3rd November 2013.

 Registered Name of Dog                             Location         Date          Assessor      Level Puppy

                 Level Adult

Kwenobe Zendi Yenta at Alfross                      L'Spa          3/11/13       Neil Ewart                                                x

Lionscourt Danubia                                          L'Spa           3/11/13      Neil Ewart                                                 x

Nagybobanya H'Szeretet Elsa at Vinkasse     L'Spa           3/11/13      Julie Haigh                                                x 

Vectiseleon Dream Spirit                                 L'Spa           3/11/13      Julie Haigh                                                x

Jantnely Marwa Evangalina                              L'Spa           3/11/13      Neil Ewart           x

 

Temperament Assessment Passes 2012

 

Registered Name of Dog

Location

  Date

  Assessor      

Level 1

  Level 2

Pagency Primera Torrres at Leonbeck.

Coventry

  2012

Crawley / Jump

                     

x

Simden Whisper On The Wind

Coventry

  2012      

Crawley / Jump

               

x

Sancholees Monte Carlo

Coventry

  2012

Crawley/ Jump

 

x

 Benellison Skies The Limit

Lionscourt Coeur de Lion of Brynarian

 Duke of Earl .

Coventry

Coventry

Coventry   

  2012

  2012

 2012

Crawley / Jump

Crawley / Jump

Crawley/Jump

 

x

x

x

 

 

Assessments in 2011 - None to report

 

Temperament Assessment Passes 2010

 

Registered Name of Dog

Location

  Date  

Assessor        

Level 1      

Level 2

Clunkamoor Jackpot for Benellieson

Coventry

  31.07.10

Bill Crawley

 

x

Aceca Solid Gold Easy Action for Lowenhohle Sh CM

Coventry

  31.07.10

Becki Belcher

 

x

Coombevalley Ebony at Starlake

Coventry

  31.07.10

Bill Crawley

 

x

Coombevalley Emma at Brynarian

Coventry

  31.07.10

Becki Belcher

 

x

 

 

Temperament Assessment Passes 2009

 

Registered Name of Dog

   Location

Date 

Assessor                              

Level 1

Level 2

Concrisant Admiral

  Coventry

5-12-09

Neil Ewart/ Becki Belcher

x

 

Heliodor Miss May

  Coventry

5-12-09

Neil Ewart/Becki Belcher

x

 

Bavaruki Formidable Oldholbans

  Coventry

5-12-09

Neil Ewart/Becki Belcher

                

x

Benellieson Fruitful Flame

  Coventry

4-7-09

Neil Ewart

 

x

Clunkamoor Jackpot for Benellieson     

  Coventry

2009

 

 

x

Coombevalley Ebony at Starlake

  Coventry

2009

 

 

x

Coombevalley Emma at Brynarian          

  Coventry

2009

 

 

x

 

Temperament Assessment Passes 2008

 

Registered Name of Dog              

Location

  Date   

Assessor

     Level 1

Level 2

Vectiseleon Shalay

Cannock

14/09/08

Ian Dunstall

      x

 

Vectiseleon Ozziekizzy

Cannock

14/09/08

Ian Dunstall

      x

 

Engleben Danielle

Leamington

13/09/08

Neil Ewart

      x

 

Lionscourt Bellisana

Cannock

14/09/08

Ian Dunstall

 

x

Furudalens Born of Brand

Leamington

13/09/08

Neil Ewart

                       

x

Estelle v. Lowenkraft Mit Vectiseleon

Cannock

14/09/08

Ian Dunstall

 

x

Vectiseleon Mandisa

Cannock

14/09/08

Ian Dunstall

 

x

Lionscourt Bellisana

 

2008

 

 

x

Furudalens Born of Brand

 

2008

 

 

x

Estelle v. Lowenkraft Mit Vectiseleon

 

2008

 

 

x

Vectiseleon Mandisa

 

2008

 

 

x

Benellieson Fruitful Flame

L Cleary

2008

 

 

x

Bavaruki Frazzel of Starlake

F Parry

2008

 

 

x

 

  

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