Bernese Mountain Dogs & Leonbergers!!!

AKC Registered
Illinois State Inspected

For over 30 years
Located in Lake Barrington, IL
45 miles NW of Chicago

1 year old female Leonberger with an adult male Bernese Mountain Dog

Adult female Leonberger (left) with an adult male German Shepard (right)

For Loving Family Companions

We are Glenn & Deborah Hotze, breeders of Bernese Mountain Dogs, Leonbergers, and owners of Barrington Kennels Pet Resort, a boarding and grooming facility.  We have been training and breeding dogs for 30 years and have competed with our Bernese in obedience, agility, and tracking events as well as having earned American/Canadian Championships.  Many of our dogs belong to other renowned and successful dog trainers who have attained high honors and awards in obedience and agility competitions.  One great benefit of purchasing a puppy from us is that you also have our help and guidance based on knowledge gained from 30 years experience training and caring for dogs.  Due to our background in training and obedience competition, our goal is to provide you with a wonderful family pet who has excellent temperment and health, a strong willingness to please, and is easy to train.  All of our dogs used for breeding have orthopedic and health clearances. We can provide you with much information on health and longevity going back as many as 9 generations of our own bloodline.  In order to insure our strict principles of breeding, we do not sell puppies to anyone for breeding purposes.  We require that all our puppies be spayed/neutered.

Our dogs and puppies are raised and live in our home and receive lots of attention and socializing.  Since many of our puppies come back to us for boarding and grooming, we have had fun seeing many grow well into old age and can easily assess our breeding program.

Having previously owned our own obedience training school for many years, we can assist you in learning a fun and positive system of training in which all family members can participate.  We are able to guide you throughout your dog's life and are always on call to answer any questions that may arise.  Our positive reinforcement system of training earned us "kudos" from the Chicago Tribune and from Grey Stafford PHD, Director of Conservation for the Wildlife World Zoo in Phoenix, AZ, and author of the book Zoomility.  Our Bernese have been seen on many advertisements and tv commercials (Sears, Purina ProPlan, American Girl, People, Biogroom, Capstar) and are also featured in several books including Your Purebreed Puppy - A Buyer's Guide by Michele Lowell, and The Perfect Match by Chris Walkowicz, and The New Bernese Mountain Dog by Sharon Chestnut Smith.

Rathe than filling out an application, we prefer to meet all our prospective puppy buyers in person.  Please email us ( to set up an appointment to visit us.  This way we an provide you with much needed information before you get your puppy and we can be sure you are well prepared in advance for your new addition.

Please look through our wonderful family photos and be sure to check our Veteran's page as we are proud of our many Berners who are well into advanced ages.

Why You Want a Leo Puppy!!