About Vali Icelandics Sheepdog Kennel

Who I Am

My name is Leighanne Dauro, (the last name rhymes with “tomorrow”), and I’ve been breeding, training, and showing dogs for over 30 years.

Originally in Keeshonden, I’ve exclusively engaged with the extraordinary Icelandic Sheepdog breed since 2014. I live in north Alabama, near the city of Huntsville, with my husband of 39 years and my Icelandic Sheepdogs.

Experience Matters!

I am very active in AKC Conformation competition, and have attained number AKC Champion and Grand Champion titles on many dogs over the years.  In Keeshonden I received a Register of Merit award for excellence as a producer of Champions, and a 25-year pin for my long-term membership in the Keeshond Club of America (KCA).

I am also currently a member of the Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America, and am a past officer and Board member of that organization.  I served as a Committee Chair for the ISAA National Specialty in 2022 and 2023, and will be the ISAA National Specialty Show Chair in 2025.  I served as a ISAA Committee Chair for the Kentuckiana Cluster in 2022, 2023, and 2024.  I was an officer and Board member for multiple years in both the KCA and my local all-breed club.

I have been an instructor for Conformation & Handling classes for many years, and have judged multiple puppy matches.  As an instructor, I love helping owners introduce their dogs to the show ring for the first time, but enjoy teaching even experienced handlers new ways to connect positively with their dogs.

Vali Icelandics is an AKC BRONZE Breeder of Merit

VALI ICELANDICS is proud to be the Breeder of the #1 Icelandic Sheepdog in the U.S. for 2022 and 2023 (All-Breed).

My Mission

My kennel, VALI ICELANDICS, is keenly focused on breeding sound minds in sound bodies. Extensive health testing as well as puppy temperament evaluations support this mission. I am proud of my experience and accomplishments, but know every dog is a unique individual, and every new day brings new challenges and opportunities to learn and grow.

You can reach me by text, calling me at (256) 694-6020
or email at [email protected]

Looking for an Icelandic
Sheepdog Puppy?

VALI ICELANDICS places puppies in approved homes only, with contract required. Reservations for puppies from upcoming litters will be accepted with deposit. Check my website regularly for recent puppy photos and new announcements for upcoming litters.

Your new furry family member may be a VALI puppy!