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Breed Group: Working
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Male: 130-170; Female: 100-130 lbs
Male: 29-31; Female: 27-29 inches
Sandy, yellow, red, reddish brown; black mask
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Leonberger puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Leonberger varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Leonberger puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Leonbergers sold is $0.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Leonberger with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $0 upwards to $0 or even more for a Leonberger with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Leonbergers sold is $0.

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Annual cost of owning a Leonberger puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Leonbergers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Leonberger Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 0 Leonberger dogs.
  • 1. Leo
  • 2. Harley
  • 3. Galaxy
  • 4. Fedora
  • 5. Fancy
  • 6. Chester
  • 7. Brothers
  • 8. Blondie
  • 9. Alice
  • 10. Aika
  • 11. Zoro
  • 12. Zoja
  • 13. Ziva
  • 14. Zelda
  • 15. Zara
  • 16. Yemina
  • 17. Xl-Trail
  • 18. Xl-Boy
  • 19. Xanax
  • 20. X-Mas

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Anonymous asked:
What is average lifespan of the Leonberger? Health issues? Cost for puppy either sex?



In general, you need to do a lot of research into any breed before thinking of getting a puppy. A quick Google search can tell you these really quickly. The average lifespan of the Leonberger is 8 - 9 years. The health concerns common in this breed include hip dysplasia and other skeletal diseases/disorders, eyelid defects and bone disease. The average cost for a Leonberger puppy is between $1500.00 - $2000.00 per puppy.


The best dog to keep your pasture safe is actually called a Komondor.

Anonymous asked:
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.



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.


A Great Pyrenees would work great. They are gentle giants, good with children and protection.


My brother owned a Leonberger. He was a very kind and gentle dog. He was kept mostly outside on his winery he lived at. The dog hated coyotes. One time he chased at least 10 at once. They were all afraid of him. He caught one of the 10 and flung it 10 ft in the air and they never came back for a while after that. Hope that answers your question.

Anonymous asked:
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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That is not a question. Also, the Leonberger was bred in Leonberg, Germany by taking the St Bernard, the Newfoundland, and the Great Pyrenees 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.

Anonymous asked:
I am thinking of getting a Leonberger, and have fallen in love with the breed. I haven't owned a dog larger than a Golden Retriever. If you fenced in a yard, how high and what material would be needed? Also, how much can I expect to spend on dog food in a given month?



Leonbergers want to be with you unless you leave them unattended they won't hop the fence in our experience.

Our 2 Leonbergers eat a 24 lb. bag of blue buffalo salmon in about a week.


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 material 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.


We feed our Nature's Variety raw meat patties. Costs more per month, but NO vet bills and their daily output is much smaller. No gas either. Part of a BARF diet. Feed a PB 8 daily as well. Our Leo lasted 14 years.

Anonymous asked:
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 requirements for Leonbergers. Some brands 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?



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.


No more than 2% protein and 3% calcium until 18 months old, along with no hard exercising for the same period. They mature physically very slowly, internally, their bones and joints take a long time to mature.

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Updated: 7/5/2022