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deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly
appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship
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Leonberger: Personality, Exercise, Grooming
The Leonberger is classified by
the FCI in the molossians, type mountain dog. It
is not a typical working breed.
Also Known As: Leos, which literally
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Leonberger is one of
the oldest breeds originating in Germany.
At the end of the thirties and beginning of
the forties of the 19th century, Heinrich
Essig, town Councillor in Leonberg, Germany
near Stuttgart, crossed a black and white
Newfoundland bitch with a so-called “Barry”
male from the monastery hospice Grand St.Bernard.
Later a Pyrenean Mountain Dog was added. This
resulted in very large dogs with predominantly
long, white coats. Essig’s aim was for
a lion-like dog. The lion is the heraldic
animal of the city of Leonberg. The first
dogs really called “Leonbergers”
were born in 1846. They combined the excellent
qualities of the breeds from which they stemmed.
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A General Description of
The the Leonberger is a large,
majestic, strong, muscular yet elegant dog, distinguishable
by its balanced build. The Leonberger has a medium
length soft to coarse double coat that is very water
resistant. Coat color can range from lion yellow,
red, rich mahogany and reddish brown to sandy. It
sports a characteristic black mask upto the eyes
or above the eyes. The nose and lips are black.
The teeth meet in a tight scissors bite. The skull
is somewhat domed. It is important that the brown
eyes have a gentle, kindly expression. The round-tipped
pendant ears are medium-sized. The neck is normally
strong with no dewlap. A small white star on the
chest and a little white on the tip of the paws
are permitted. Leonberger's thick mane creates a
lion-like expression. The front and rear legs are
feathered. The tail is bushy and set low, reaching
at least to the hocks, and the feet have black pads.
The Leonberger has webbing between the toes to aid
Male: 29-31 inches (74-80 cm.) while that of the
Female: 27-29 inches (61-74 cm.).
Male: 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg.)
Females: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg.).
Temperament of the Breed
The Leonberger is lively, steady,
friendly, calm, eager to please and affectionate
with a sweet expression. Leonbergers are sometimes
affectionately referred to as "lean-on-bergers"
because of their tendency to lean against their
loved ones. Their intelligence is extraordinary;
their loyalty and love for their families is unparalleled.
Leonbergers are excellent watchdogs,
not given to frivolous barking or unnecessary alarms.
They instinctively establish and maintain their
household's territorial rights.
However, upon receiving the OK
from family members, strangers are accepted and
welcomed. Fear and aggression in a stranger can
activate a dog's protective instincts. With most
of these dogs, if the situation becomes too intense,
instead of showing any aggression, the Leonberger
simply walks away.
Most of these dogs can take bad
behavior in their stride. The Leonberger can get
along with other dogs. The Leonberger is more agile
than many other giant breeds.
Better suited to outdoor or indoor lifestyle?
As a family dog, the Leonberger
is an agreeable partner for present day dwelling
and living conditions. It doesn’t necessarily
need a big yard and house to roam around. They are
adaptable and don’t take up only as much space
when curled up to sleep as any other medium to large
Suited to families with
Leonbergers are considered highly
trustworthy and have incredible patience, even with
the most obnoxious children. They are perfect for
toddlers to nestle into and clutch.
How active is the breed?
This breed needs only moderate
exercise. However, they do need to be taken on a
daily walk and provided with a bit of brain stimulation.
They love to be included in all family outings and
are very adaptable to changing environments. They
love to swim (having an instinctive love for water),
hike and be trained to pull carts and sleds.
Dogs below 18 months of age are
nor recommended for pulling carts.
Leonbergers need training and proper
socialization from early puppyhood to become excellent
watchdogs and companions. They don't respond well
to harsh training methods. Aggression may develop
with improper training and lack of socialization.
The Leonberger sheds very heavily.
For this reason, it requires extensive daily brushing
and combing. The ears must be kept clean and the
teeth should be cleaned when needed. The Leonberger
should be bathed only when necessary. Some de-matting
is required to avoid hotspots caused due to wetness
and damp-wet weather conditions. The backs of ears,
feathering on legs, and tail should be checked for
Like most giant breeds, they are
prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, and other skeletal
diseases/disorders. They frequently suffer from
eyelid defects and bone diseases. Other diseases
known to plague the Leonbergers are Eosinophilic
Panosteitis ('Pano'), Addison's Disease (hormonal
disorder of the adrenal glands), Entropion and Ectropion
Eyes, Hypothyroidism, Bloat (gastric dilation),
Osteosarcoma (bone cancer), neuropathic disorders
and OCD. Some dogs of this species develop behavioral
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The median lifespan for a Leonberger
is 7 years which is about 4 yrs less than the average
purebred dog, but similar to other breeds of their
size. However, a life span of 8-10 years is not
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