Basco was three years old when he came from Switzerland. A month
later he was Winners Male at the Albuquerque Leonberger National
Specialty. He was described by International Leonberger Judge,
Guido Perrasino, as among other attributes, having a perfect male
Basco won many firsts, and at that time one had to travel great
distances to find rare-breed shows which were usually quite large,
New York, Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD, Chicago, Ill. Basco
had never seen a squirrel as there are none in Europe and he would
get so excited and want to chase them. My Dad was walking him
on our stone driveway a few days after he arrived when Basco saw
a squirrel. Basco took off at top speed and my Dad could not hold
him. I looked out the kitchen window to see Dad skiing down my
driveway at top speed behind Basco. As the squirrel found his
tree and made it up before the duo got to him, Basco stopped.
My Dad said later, "I've handled horses all my life and I
never had a horse pull me like Baso did."
Basco's excitment soon quieted and he learned to walk like a
gentleman on the leash even when a squirrel was chirping up above.
A great reason to obedience train your Leos as puppies. Basco
would bark fiercely when strangers came and turn into total mush
with children and babies. After we had Basco for a year we had
company from Switzerland, a family who knew Basco had made a special
trip to our house to see him once again. Their little four year
old girl, who barely cleared Basco's back in height, was particularly
tickled to see Basco again and promptly put him through obedience
in the Swiss language. Basco seemed somewhat glad to see them,
but a bit nervous as well. We found out why as the family left
to continue their trip across America, Basco hide behind the door
and would not go out, apparently thinking they were planning to
take him along. He had made his choice and we were glad.
Basco has passed but I was able to keep semen stored from him
that I intend to use in the next year or two. Basco was rated
Category I, there were no subcategories when he was rated. His
hips were rated Frei 0-0 in Switzerland. He was 30 inches tall.
He was sired by many times German champion and great producer
Rosaceae Amaranthus our of Jerry de l'Arche d'Hasnon she of French
and German bloodlines.