In the 1970’s I was in my
early twenties, attending college in Pomona, California,
where I was working on my degree in Animal Science. I
was required to do an internship with a large animal vet
and then a small animal vet.
Within the first month
working at the small animal clinic, I saw my first
Bouvier. It was an instant attraction and connection. I
did as much research as possible about the breed.
I learned as much as I
could from those willing to share
knowledge with me.
Within a years time I had
purchased my first dog. His
name was George.
To this day I believe that
I learned more from George, than any other dog since.
We have been blessed with
many great dogs in the past 40 years, each dog
possessing their own distinct personalities, assets and
Our success in the breeding
arena as well as the show ring is due in no small part
to the many years of hard work and competence of those
breeders who came before us.
For example: three Dutch
kennels with whom, over the
years, we have been fortunate
enough to build relationships and purchase dogs
from in order to blend our own, to form what is the basis of Vanleighof stock.
- 1st - The Van Dafzicht Kennel, THE
premier Bouvier kennel in Holland with a rich history,
and one of the founding members of the Netherlands
Bouvier club. This breeding program was started by
Coen Semler in the 1930’s. Three generations
later they are still breeding great dogs.
- 2nd - The Grendarcohof Kennel, where
some of the most influential dogs of the 1980’s and
90’s came to be imported into the States. Dogs that
made significant contributions to our pedigrees, and
to many others.
- 3rd -
The Van Rovika Kennel from whom we imported as well
with great success.
you browse through our
pedigrees you will see the names of each of these
Kennels along with some prominent kennels here in the
States, like the Galbraith kennel
that produced the top winning Bouvier of all time, AM CH Galbraiths Ironeyes.
You will also see individuals from the Quiche kennel in
In early 1997 two good
friends Bobbi Feinstein and Jan Sandquist accompanied me
to the Netherlands where we visited the three kennels
mentioned above. We purchased,
in partnership, from two of
the kennels with outstanding results. Many of our top
winning dogs have come down the lines
of the individuals that we
brought home from that trip.
We believe that it is
important to reach outside of our own pedigrees from
time to time in order to keep the gene pool strong and
We try to keep in mind the
purpose of the breed whenever planning a litter.
My first thought when
studying any Bouvier for the first time, is first and
foremost: “Could this
dog do the job it was bred to do?”
We strive for happy
healthy, physically and temperamentally sound
the Hippocratic Oath there is a line
that in essence says “above all do no harm”.
We believe that
here as well.
We feel fortunate to have
these dogs in our lives.
Thank you for coming to
& Sheila Hoffman