Breeders in USA
(kennel names are links)
Birkenstrand is the heart of the Kromfohrlander in North America. I have worked tirelessly and passionately to promote this breed for 10 years. My first Kromis were imported from Denmark in late 2012 and since then, I have been to Europe many times to visit and to obtain puppies for the foundation of this breed in the USA. I was first to show this breed in the US and in Canada in United Kennel Club, American Kennel Club and RBCSWO (Rare Breed Club of Southwest Ontario), even Pet Expos---just to get this breed out there and noticed. My first litter was born in 2016 (to Danish and Finnish imports). During the covid slowdown, I helped to massively expand the online kromfohrlander pedigree archive, digging deep into the outer reaches of forgotten cobweb-sites to find information and photos to add to the database. My love of animals goes back to my Lebanese-American grandfather taking me to ride ponies. In the early 90's I worked at the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor in all capacities. I founded one of the first Australian Cattle Dog rescues in the USA in 1990 and did obedience and conformation (never breeding) of ACDs through the mid-90's. The ACD continues to be my lifelong heart dog and the perfect reflection of my own tenacity (as friends in Finland have called it 'SISU'). I have rescued Jack Russell Terriers, and showed/bred Border Terriers. I was was one of the first US Berger Picard importers. I was also the foundation breeder/exhibitor of Portuguese Podengo Medio/Wirehaired in the US and Canada.
I have exported 2 excellent American-born Kromforhlander males to Finland and have helped establish the French Kromfohrlander Club by exporting an excellent female there.
I have often coordinated meetings between local USA Kromi owners and European Kromfohrlander owners when they visit the USA, giving them an opportunity to enjoy our good stewardship of the breed on this side of the pond. I approach being involved in this breed as a community effort and strive to encourage others to do the same.
My puppies are microchipped and are DNA screened for health status. I have my own 'Puppy Genius' methods of puppy raising that I have employed for 22 years. It produces confident, happy, healthy puppies.
Puppies expected August 2022. Click the link above for my website and my puppy application (on the 'PUPPIES' page).
Passion, Integrity, Artistry, Uniqueness, Noteworthy, Confidence, Honor, Love – We are Doug and Cyndi Lear and we hold all of these ideals dear to us. It is with these concepts in mind
that we formed our kennel. We both believe music and dogs to be fundamental to our humanity, which is why we have collectively taught music for over 40 years and lived with dogs for even
It is also why we honor the creative equivalence of a musical term in our kennel name –Learykl (a play on the music word lyrical meaning “a person’s ability to embody the emotions of the music in their performance in a way that allows the audience to experience those emotions in a meaningful way.”) Meeting a Kromfohrlander for the first time was very meaningful to us and the emotion was pure joy!
Doug and I have owned and trained dogs all our lives. We have been blessed enough to have owned, trained and loved multiple champions in multiple breeds in AKC, UKC and IABCA.
Along with our Kromfohrlanders, we have had live with us: White Shepherd, Field Spaniel, Irish Wolfhound, Berger Picard, Dachshund, Cocka-Poo, Miniature Schnauzer and Beagle-mix.
Our dogs also hold titles in multiple dog sports activities like Rally, Barn Hunt, Trick Dog and Farm Dog. All of our dogs are CGC (Canine
Good Citizen) certified. We are currently working in conformation, agility, dock diving and scentwork. Health and temperament are at the top of the list of things for which we breed. All puppies must be happy and healthy and ready to be adopted by those ready to train and love them as much as we do. Our adopters become part of our family and garner the appropriate support and encouragement needed to give our puppies the best home.
After years of study and searching for the ideal dogs, we started Learykl with the hope that we can help to preserve, sustain and amplify the rare Kromfohrlander in the USA. In December 2020
we adopted our boy, Quincy, on the left in the picture, (aka Hazell) Birkenstrand's Life in One Day, from Mary Dixon in MI. Quincy has been a breath of fresh air in our house. With his exuberance and
zest for life, he has driven Cyndi to experience new things as a teacher and handler, like dock diving (they love the water!), agility (they love to jump and climb!) and enjoying the feeling of a
dog cuddle her head in bed. Doug appreciates the contented sigh Quincy gives him while settling in his lap for a nightly nap.
In 2021, a whirlwind named Jazz blew into our family from the state up north- Birkenstrand's Janice Joplyn @ Learykl, at right in the pic. Jazz is a bundle of energy, curiosity and our little Miss Sunshine!
She has not missed a beat here and has hurtled her way deeply into our hearts. She makes us smile every day with her funny antics, adorable face and utter devotion to our every move. We look forward to furthering this adventure by assisting her in her first litter - possibly
in the Fall of 2023.
As you might know, life is made better with a dog. We can’t wait for you to experience your first meaningful and exhilarating experience with the Kromfohrlander.
C. Major (Wisconsin)
C . Major Kennel is the name David and Ellen Meyer chose for their Kromfohrlander breeding efforts. The name reflects several themes that are important to David and Ellen.
The star Canis Major Alpha is the brightest star in the night sky and is known by other names, including The Dog Star and Sirius. The star is associated with the constellation C. Major which is said to be the hunting dog linked to the constellation Orion, the hunter.
C Major is also a musical term and, in this context, brings to mind the phrase “The music of the spheres” which early observers of the night sky linked to the intricate dance of the planets and other celestial bodies.
C Major is a relatively young kennel and was started with the introduction of Omena, the kennel's first female, from Finland in 2015. Omena has produced two litters.
The underlying philosophy of C. Major has been strongly influenced by the Finnish Kromfohrlander Club, specifically the kennels Alobelin and Cierimon. C. Major also has benefited from the encouragement of Mary Dixon of Birkenstrand.
Dragonfly Hollow (Virginia)
Located in the beautiful mountains of Virginia, DragonFly Hollow Kennel is a small farm dedicated to the preservation of rare breeds. My journey with Kromfohrlanders began in 2018. Three Kromfohrlanders and an amazing 2021 litter later, I am passionate about this breed. I believe in a holistic approach to breeding. Meaning that the whole dog is considered. Conformation, health testing, and especially temperament. I DNA test all of my dogs in order to make the best genetic matches and screen for genetic problems. I am very critical about who I breed so that the puppies have a greater chance of a long & healthy life. I breed only dogs with great temperaments. The purchase of a puppy is a commitment by both parties and making every attempt to provide families with a happy & healthy pup is my goal. I work very hard to match the puppy to the buyers wants & lifestyle. Breeding is a passion filled with enormous responsibility. My goal is to live up to & fulfill those responsibilities. Interested in joining the DragonFly Kromfohrlander Family, then come meet my Kromfohrlanders, you will be under their spell straight away!
Black Sheep (North Carolina)
Black Sheep had our first litter of Kromfohrlander puppies in 2021. We started with the first ever US born rough Kromfohrlander in North America, Birkenstrand's Out of the Blue, "Ilse," named for the breed's founder Ilse Schleifenbaum. We hope to have one more litter from Ilse in late 2022.