About Denise Leo

Hello! I’m Denise Leo, an Australian residing in Northern Victoria. I am a proud mother and grandmother to four adult children and three very special grandchildren. My life’s work spans multiple fields, from breeding champion Pomeranians to mastering technology and writing best-selling books.

Champion Pomeranian Breeder and Exhibitor

For over 50 years, I have passionately dedicated myself to the breeding and exhibition of Champion Pomeranian dogs. My kennel, Dochlaggie Pomeranians, is renowned worldwide. Our Pomeranians have graced the homes of high-profile celebrities, including:

  • A Saudi Princess purchased a little cream princess Pomeranian, certified as a “guard dog,” to enter Saudi Arabia.
  • An international model who fell in love with a Dochlaggie Pomeranian.
  • An international cricketer who bought a Dochlaggie baby for his girlfriend to keep her company while he was overseas playing for Australia.
  • One of Australia’s prominent dress designers owns two Dochlaggie Pomeranians—a black-and-white parti-color and a black Pom, which perfectly match her black-and-white home decor.

The list of celebrities who now own a Dochlaggie Pomeranian goes on and on. Dochlaggie Pomeranians was one of the first Pomeranian websites to go live on the World Wide Web and remains the earliest established Pomeranian dog site still active today.

In my career, I have sent many champion Pomeranians to overseas countries and imported over 30 Pomeranians into Australia, significantly influencing the Pomeranian breed in Australia. My dedication to breeding excellence has helped shape the country’s standards and quality of Pomeranians.

Denise Leo with a Champion Pomeranian.
Denise Leo with a Champion Pomeranian.

Best-Selling Author

I authorize the best-selling book, The Pomeranian Handbook, which has become an essential guide for Pomeranian owners and enthusiasts. This comprehensive book covers every aspect of Pomeranian care, training, and grooming, making it a valuable resource for new and experienced Pomeranian owners. The book’s success is a testament to my deep understanding and love for the breed and my commitment to sharing this knowledge with others.

Television Appearances and International Judging

I have appeared on the TV series The Real Housewives of Melbourne, showcasing my expertise and passion for Pomeranians to a broader audience. Additionally, I have judged Pomeranians internationally, lending my expertise to competitions worldwide and ensuring the highest standards in the breed are maintained globally.

Denise Leo at the Royal Melbourne Show.
Denise Leo at the Royal Melbourne Show.

Internet Development and Technology Enthusiast

My journey with technology began in the late 1960s. I worked for a major bank as an accounting machinist, using IBM machines that were the size of a small refrigerator. In 1969, I was selected to work at the bank’s Head Office in Sydney, where I encountered one of Australia’s first computers, Fabacus. This early exposure to computing sparked a lifelong passion for technology.

In 1983, I purchased my first home computer, a Sharp MZ-3540, followed closely by a Commodore Plus/4 for my children. Our home now includes a “computer graveyard” filled with vintage computers like Atari STs, Commodore Amigas, and various 486s. My children benefited from being second-generation computer users, growing up with early exposure to technology.

The advent of the Internet transformed my life. I believe its impact surpasses even that of the moon landing. It has revolutionized daily banking and bill-paying tasks, providing a global platform for Dochlaggie Pomeranians.

Web Development and Graphic Design

Since the mid-90s, I have immersed myself in web development and graphic design, creating and maintaining numerous websites. The internet has given Dochlaggie Pomeranians a global presence, allowing me to connect with Pomeranian lovers worldwide. My websites showcase our beautiful dogs and provide rich information resources for Pomeranian enthusiasts.

Life Beyond Pomeranians

In addition to my work with Pomeranians and technology, I have a deep love for writing and creating visually engaging content. When I’m not busy grooming and training my Pomeranians or updating my websites, I devote my time to writing articles and books about the beloved Pomeranian dog. My writing spans a variety of topics, all centered around the care, training, and joy of owning Pomeranians.

Denise Leo at the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2024 winning Best Baby Puppy in Show.
Denise Leo won Best Baby Puppy in Show at the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2024.

Personal Insights

Living in Northern Victoria has allowed me to enjoy a serene lifestyle, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the companionship of my beloved Pomeranians. My family is my greatest joy, and I cherish the moments spent with my children and grandchildren. My journey has been continuous learning and passion, driven by a love for animals, a fascination with technology, and a deep appreciation for the simple joys of life.

I have a variety of interests that keep me engaged and fulfilled. Gardening is one of my favorite pastimes, offering a peaceful retreat and a way to connect with nature. My pets, particularly my Pomeranians, bring immense joy and companionship, making each day special.

I also have an extensive art collection reflecting my love for creativity and beauty. Collecting art has been a rewarding journey, allowing me to explore different cultures, styles, and periods through the works of talented artists.

Thank you for visiting and learning more about Dochlaggie Pomeranians and my life’s work. I hope you find inspiration and valuable insights here, and I enjoy connecting with fellow Pomeranian enthusiasts worldwide.

Warm regards,
Denise Leo

Denise Leo at Sydney Royal Easter Show 2024.
Denise Leo at Sydney Royal Easter Show 2024.