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Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
Leonberger

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Weight
Male: 130-170; Female: 100-130 lbs
Height
Male: 29-31; Female: 27-29 inches
Color(s)
Sandy, yellow, red, reddish brown; black mask
Overview
Originating in Leonberg, Germany in 1846, this versatile breed was a favorite with royalty. The Leonberger nearly became extinct at the end of World War I but was revived and restored by several German breeders that were devoted to the breed. They are considered to be the oldest of the German breeds. Leonberger's continue to be used as a working breed and companion in Germany, France, Scandinavia. However, they are relatively rare in other countries.
Character
The Leonberger breed is elegant, large, and powerful. This breed possesses a gentle expression and an impressive and regal appearance. Leonberger's are sturdy, well-built, and highly reliable.
Temperament
A breed regarded as a "gentle giant", the Leonberger is affectionate, loyal, devoted, and trustworthy. This calm and steady breed is excellent with children, dogs, and other pets. They do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time and will bark and become destructive if bored or lonely. They are gentle, protective, and self-assured. They require a highly dedicated owner.
Care
This is a high maintenance breed. The Leonberger requires daily brushing to remove loose and dead hair and minimize shedding. Special care should be given during seasonal blowing of the coat. Bathing should be done when necessary. It is important to regularly clean the ears and provide good dental hygiene. This breed has a relatively short life span. They are prone to such health issues as hip dysplasia, OCD, Addison's disease, entropion, ectropion, osteosarcoma, bloat, and hypothyroidism. Leonberger's may be sensitive to some drugs such as sulfa, tranquilizers, and anesthetics.
Coat
The Leonberger is a double coat breed. The outer coat is long, profuse, and straight. The under coat is thick and dense. There is a mane of hair on the chest and around the neck and feathering on the front legs. The hair on the breeches is profuse and thick. This breed is continuously heavy shedding with seasonal blowing of the coat.
Training
Early socialization and obedience training is required. The Leonberger is intelligent and eager to please. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with respect, fairness, firmness, patience, and consistency.
Activity
The Leonberger is not recommended for apartment living. They require daily exercise, family interaction, and mental stimulation. This breed does best in a large securely fenced yard or rural setting. Leonberger's enjoy swimming, hiking, backpacking, running, and family activities. They excel at agility, tracking, therapy, and water rescue.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Leonberger puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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Anonymous asked:

6/26/2012 3:55:52 PM

6/26/2012 3:55:52 PM

Is the leonberger a dog who will protect sheep? We are looking for a large breed dog that loves... Is the leonberger a dog who will protect sheep? We are looking for a large breed dog that loves our little children but can also go in the pasture with the sheep and ward off predators like coyotes.

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Anonymous

I WOULD SAY NO. ALTHOUGH THE PYRENEES WAS PART OF THEIR ORIGINAL BREEDING LEONBERGERS "NEED" TO BE WITH THEIR HUMAN FAMILY.THEY DO NOT DO WELL WHEN LEFT ALONE.
10/12/2012 8:12:48 PM

Anonymous asked:

2/22/2012 4:13:17 AM

2/22/2012 4:13:17 AM

Please note that the leonberger originated in the 1500s, as noted in the records of several... Please note that the leonberger originated in the 1500s, as noted in the records of several royal families, but was first registered and the name leonberger coined in the 1840s. Also note that this regal breed is now AKC registered in the working group.

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Anonymous

That is not a question. Also, the leonberger was bred in Leonberg, Germany by taking the St Bernard, the New Foundland, and the Great Pyrenese and breeding them together not in equal ratios as they bred one back into the breed. So in actuality the Leonberger is a predecessor to all three of those furry mastiff breeds. The Newfie is where the Leonberger gets its webbed paws from and its love of water.
3/31/2012 9:13:26 PM

Anonymous asked:

8/15/2011 7:31:30 PM

8/15/2011 7:31:30 PM

I am thinking of getting a Leo, and have fallen in love with the breed. I haven't owned a dog... I am thinking of getting a Leo, and have fallen in love with the breed. I haven't owned a dog larger then a golden retriever before and was wondering, if you fenced in a yard how high and what substance would be needed? Also, how much can I expect to spend on dog food in a given month?

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Anonymous

Leonbergers want to be with you, unless you leave them unattended they won't hop the fence in our experience. Our 2 Leos eat a 24 lb. bag of blue buffalo salmon in about a week.
12/11/2011 5:08:47 PM

Anonymous

Wow, so they don't eat a lot at all, good to know. I am fully looking forward to a dog that stays with me all the time as I miss that bond and companionship. Someone would be home at least most of the day but I will have to go to work and a fenced in yard would be ideal for the unsupervised potty runs or when I need to run an errand. What height, depth, and substance would be good to keep a Leo in the yard? I'm also thinking of the Leo's safety as I live in an area where rather large coyotes have been seen, so a line/tether would not be safe for any dog.
12/12/2011 5:22:59 PM

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8/8/2011 12:46:13 AM

8/8/2011 12:46:13 AM

I am thinking of getting a Leonberger and have some questions on food. First off I hear breeders... I am thinking of getting a Leonberger and have some questions on food. First off I hear breeders say that Leonbergers (especially puppies) shouldn't be fed high protein diets since they are a large breed dog, while others say that high protein diets are proven to be healthy for large breed dogs. I have also had some trouble finding a good brand of food that meets the requirments for leonbegers, some brands that I found that I like are blue buffalo, wellness, and innova. What is your opinion on protein levels, and what brands of dog food do you like for your Leonbergers?

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Anonymous

Yes, because giant breeds develop slowly, you must not give them a diet too high in protein or fat. In fact no dog should eat pure protein. Having said that, puppies require a higher protein diet than adults. Any kibble designed for a St Bernard or for any heavy giant breed is suitable for leonbergers. Large kibble size will help reduce the likelihood of bloat in adults.
2/22/2012 4:06:07 AM

Anonymous

NO MORE THAN 21% PROTEIN AND 3 % CALCIUM UNTIL 18 MONTHS + OLD. THIS ALONG WITH NO HARD EXERCISING FOR THE SAME PERIOD. THEY MATURE PHYSICALY VERY SLOWLY INTERNALY. THEIR BONES AND JOINTS TAKE A LONG TIME TO MATURE.
10/12/2012 8:19:24 PM

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7/12/2011 9:18:53 PM

7/12/2011 9:18:53 PM

My family is thinking of getting a Leonberger, we were wondering if leos can play off the leash.... My family is thinking of getting a Leonberger, we were wondering if leos can play off the leash. the thing is we don't have a fenced in yard. We are curious if leos have a tendency to run away, of course all outdoor play would always be supervised. Due to the size of our yard (and the fact that it runs through the woods) it would cost a fortune to be fenced.

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Anonymous

A well balanced Leonberger will be highly trustworthy and have incredible patience, even with the most obnoxious children. The Leonberger is serious, eager and willing to please, responding well to training. Teach them to respect humans by training them not to jump, to heel on the lead and to enter and exit all door and gateways after the humans.
7/19/2011 5:43:34 PM

Anonymous

Once the leo is mature at about 3 years old, it might be responsible enough not to wander, but until then it will require a fenced in yard. Woods adjacent to your house sounds perfect for long walks and exploring. Maybe you could fence a small part of it. The fence doesn't need to be that high, maybe 1.5m, as leos don't jump, but it does need to be strong and secure at the ground.
2/22/2012 3:53:35 AM

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6/26/2011 12:18:56 PM

6/26/2011 12:18:56 PM

I know that the Leonberger has abot 50% of Saint Bernard, 25% of Newfoundland, and 25% of Great... I know that the Leonberger has abot 50% of Saint Bernard, 25% of Newfoundland, and 25% of Great Pyrenees. They are all very large dogs and I know that Newfoundland and Saint Bernard drool alot. Does the Leonberger drool as much? And I also know that Newfoundlands are easy to train. Would Leonbergers be as easy to train? I've heard that they are very sensitive and get upset if things are going on with the family. Does that sensitivity apply to training?

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Anonymous

Leonberger Breeders actually breed for no drooling, making this dog large furry but without the chest of slimey drool. They are very sensitive however so this would apply to training as well. Leonberger's are sensitive to emotions more than other breeds so I would imagine it would make them quite people oriented as you become their pack, so training with positive reinforcement and no heavy handed methods would likely be easy.
7/6/2011 4:57:39 AM

Anonymous

The leonberger has been around for a lot longer than the St Bernard. It's a complicated history for both breeds and too complex to correct here. Leonbergers will drool around food, especially in hot weather. They don't walk around with big globules of drool though. Leonbergers are moderately easy to train and do get very sensitive to upsets in the family. They respond to a firm voice at times, especially in teen years, but do not do well with harsh training. They have very long memories.
2/22/2012 4:10:13 AM

Anonymous asked:

5/2/2011 7:09:54 PM

5/2/2011 7:09:54 PM

How easy is a Leonberger to train? How much do they eat a day?

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Anonymous

Adult leos need about 525-625 grams of dried food a day in two meals. This depends a lot on the brand you use. Leos are average in their training ability. They are not stubborn, but will always consider their responses to your directions rather than responding immediately. That's because they were bred to protect without direct supervision.
2/22/2012 3:57:41 AM

Anonymous

Actually, Leonbergers were bred for two things, to be a family companion and to resemble a lion. They're bred from st bernards, new foundlands, and great pyrenees. One characteristic was paid attation to though, a slection for non-droolers. I spoke with a Pyr breeder who was head of his akc...chapter? He fed 1-2 cups of food per dog of a high quality organic/holistic dog food. Leonbergers are sensitive to emotions and people oriented and not nippy or mouthy. Good luck and check out dogs101 who covered this wonderful breed on animalplanet.com
3/31/2012 2:40:53 AM

Anonymous asked:

4/12/2011 7:57:12 AM

4/12/2011 7:57:12 AM

How much exercise do Leo's need? Can they be let off leash like a golden retriever? Thanks

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Anonymous

I have 2 full grown Leonbergers. They are both very calm and do not require much exercise. They run around in the back yard play ball ,fetch, and tug of war a lot. Both are able to be off leash but when we walk we do put them on leash just in case. Very loyal dogs.
5/28/2011 2:50:23 PM

Anonymous

Don't let them off the lead unless you have trained them to recall.i lost a 5 month old puppy after it chased a bird on to the road and it had been to puppy classes etc
7/29/2011 6:53:48 AM

Anonymous asked:

1/17/2011 1:25:09 AM

1/17/2011 1:25:09 AM

i've heard leonbergers are very friendly and calm. would they still stand up for their... i've heard leonbergers are very friendly and calm. would they still stand up for their family/pack if needed?

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Anonymous

I have a male leonberger mix, and he is extremely calm, friendly, tolerant. Like most dogs, he takes his cues from me, so friendly strangers get a tail wag, as do children (even a few who have pulled his tail or tried to ride him) but "unfriendly" strangers, or those at the door uninvited (UPS guy, aggressive salespeople) get a resounding bark/growl as he assumes a protective stance infront of me.
2/10/2011 12:59:00 PM

Anonymous

Any dog, no matter the breed, will protect home and family or as they see it, pack and territory. Even the friendliest dog that usually would lick your face off rather then bite will still get protective if they sense something is wrong or an outsider is upsetting their pack.
5/1/2011 4:59:10 PM

Anonymous asked:

12/20/2010 8:07:34 AM

12/20/2010 8:07:34 AM

I know leonbergers are part newfie so since newfies can't get bloat because they have outward... I know leonbergers are part newfie so since newfies can't get bloat because they have outward chest and so do leongergers does that mean leonbergers can't bloat?

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Anonymous

not true. Newfies can and do bloat. I have owned and shown Newfies for many many years.
7/27/2011 8:27:28 AM

Anonymous

First of all Leonbergers are purebreeds. They are not part newfoundland. There is a lot of myth surrounding this and due to a lack of understanding about genetics and breeding many people assume they are part newfoundland. All deep chested dogs are prone to bloat, that includes both the newf and the leo.
2/22/2012 4:01:18 AM

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