Thinking about purchasing an Leonberger? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Leonberger breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Leonberger owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Leonberger and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Leonberger Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Leonberger and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
The Leonberger is a rather large, muscular yet graceful dog. If not for their black faces they would resemble a lion, which is what the original creator of the breed intended. Also called “the gentle lion dog,” the mane on the Leonberger is fully matured around the age of 3. They have a thick coat of medium length fur, and come in colors golden to red-brown, with a black mask. They are furry-looking dogs, making a cuddly companion. Leonbergers have always been bred as companions, making their personality very good as well. They are very intelligent and highly trainable and they absolutely adore children. They can sit and watch a play pen for hours, and love to swim in anything. They also have webbed feet from the Newfoundland, which makes them excellent swimmers. Some have been known to blow bubbles in their water bowls! Sophisticated on the outside and fun-loving on the inside, the Leonberger is an all-around attractive breed.
Type: Guardian Dog
28 - 32 inches; Females: 25 - 30 inches.
mask with a light yellowish golden color to a red-brown colored coat. Lion colored.
They can also have black patches on their chests and elsewhere.
are calm, gentle and lively. they are very friendly dogs, and love to be around
children. They get along with other pets, and enjoy the company of people. Leonbergers
are affectionate, have a working attitude, love water, and are playful. They
should also be calm and quiet. They are protective of their families and homes,
making them an excellent guard and watch dog.
Leonbergers have good watchdog abilities.
Leonberger Care and Exercise:
Moderate exercise is needed with little but daily brushing.
Leonbergers also require, like most breeds, regular trimming of excessive hair
on the feet, ear cleaning and nail trimming. They are large dogs and so space
is needed for exercise.
Activity: Medium. Enjoys
moderate activity and loves swimming.
Leonberger Health Issues: Unfortunately the Leonberger suffers from various health issues, including Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism, cancer, ectropion, entropion (inverted eyelids), hip dysplasia, osteosarcoma, OCD and bloat. Bloat is a health issue common to most dogs, being the second largest killer of all dogs. But Leonbergers can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests. Bloat is also known as twisted stomach or gastric torsion.
Life Span: 7 - 15 years.
Unfortunately the life span of larger dogs is shorter than smaller dogs' life
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - Not yet eligible for the AKC)
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Monday, August 19, 2013