top of page


And All That Jazz

We make our home in the country in central North Carolina where we both teach in the public schools. Mr. Townsend coaches secondary public school teachers and band students work with Mrs. Townsend.  While engaged and in college, we discovered Leonbergers, a rare breed at the time. We instantly fell in love with these fantastic dogs.

Our first Leo, "Osa", jump-started our passion for Leonberger conformation and showing. Since taking a Leonberger puppy into our home in 1999, we have become involved in all aspects of dog ownership, conformation, and breeding.  We feel strongly about our commitment to the Leonberger breed and consistently participate in the national and regional clubs as well as take an active role in our local dog community.  Our love of Leonbergers and our involvement in the breed has made several lifetime friendships!

The foundation for our current line of Leonbergers is LCA CH Nika von Alpensee. She was acquired from a frozen semen breeding from Int. Multi Ch. Multi BISS Leonitan Washable Lion and produced GCH CH Brubeck's Take 5 di Sforzando - the #1 Leonberger in 2009. Brubeck's daughters, Fio & Trac,  produced the next generation at our kennel. For the future, we are looking to bring in a fantastic line from Norway.

If you're active in Leonbergers and our names ring a bell, it's probably from one of these roles:

Chairs for the 2007 Leonberger National Specialty i

President and Secretary of the Mid-Atlantic Leonberger Club

AKC Conformation Judge
President and Secretary of the Tarheel Leonberger Club
Directors/Officers, Alamance Kennel Club

Director, Carolina Working Group Association

Steward, Southeastern Stewards Association

Vice President and Treasurer of the Southeast Leonberger Club 

Breeding Committee Chair for the BACL

Southeast Regional Representatives for Leonberger Rescue

Stud Book Coordinator

And we feel like we're just getting started! If you have questions or would like to know more about living with and caring for Leonbergers or any other issues, please feel free check out the website or email us. 

Sforzando Leonberger Puppies, Adorable
bottom of page