Last December we adopted a dog from the local shelter. They guessed that he was a shepherd/chow mix. I wanted to understand his breed makeup in order to pick the appropriate training, vet care, etc. so I had a DNA test performed (download results here).
For those who don't want to get the PDF report, here is a high level summary:
Basset Hound/Leonberger Cross on one side
Chow Chow Mix other side
It seems to me that somebody was trying to create a new breed here. This dog ended up with a specific temperament and body style. His parents are not inexpensive animals to own so the breeder had access to some resources. The Leonberger, a $1800 dog today, appears in the parents, grandparents and great grandparents (unless I am misreading the chart).
That said, he or she tossed two of the offspring puppies over the fence at the AWS. It could have been due to their size and appetite or other costs of ownership. Damien appears to have been socialized and received a bit of basic training or else he is just naturally well mannered.
Do any of the dog folks on S&B know who might have done this? I am interested in seeing the parents and would love to see a Leonberger up close.