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Leonberger Breed Summary
Intelligent, Energetic, Loyal, Obedient Companios
These doggies are well-known for their dashing looks and noble lion-like manes! For this reason, they look very powerful in appearance! However, they are really just gentle giants and have even been nicknamed with this phrase as well.
Leonbergers are not the best breed for first time owners and need to be trained and handled by experienced individuals. As well as this, they need to be placed in a house that is big enough for them to run around in and also need a large and secure garden to stretch their legs out!
Fun Fact: They absolutely adore being in water, no matter what the weather!
|Kennel Club Group||Working|
|Lifespan||8 - 9 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 72 - 80 cm, Females 65 - 75 cm at the withers|
|Weight||Males 54 - 77 kg, Females 40 - 60 kg|
|Coat||A Double Coat with a Harsher Top Coat and a Softer, Thick Undercoat with a Slight Wave|
|Colour||Gold, Gold with Black Mask, Golden Red & Black Mask, Lion & Black Mask, Lion Red with Black Mask, Red, Red & Black, Red Black Mask, Red Brown & Black Mask, Red Gold & Black Mask, Red with Black Muzzle, Sandy|
|Eye colour||Brown or Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Eye issues, Glaucoma, Addison's disease, Anal furunculosis, Cancer, Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), Bloat/gastric torsion, Hypothyroidism, Intussusception, Leukoencephalomyelopathy (LEMP), Inherited Leonberger Polyneuropathy & Laryngeal Paralysis (LP AND PN), Panosteitis, Pyometra|
|Other Names||Leo, Gentle Lion, Gentle Giant|
These big doggies have very high energy levels and are also extremely intelligent. Because of this they are both easy to train and perform very well in doggy sports and competitions, such as Agility and Obedience. They also get along well with other animals, such as cats and horses – and especially humans! Because of this, they shouldn’t be kept outside and want to be surrounded by family. However, if you have a family argument, it may be best to discuss your matters privately, as Leonbergers will try to get involved! They do make fantastic therapy doggies though and their fluffy affectionate ways will leave the whole family besotted!
Like many breeds, the Leonbergers’ history remains a mystery. It’s thought that they first appeared in 1846 and were potentially created by Heinrich Essig, the mayor of the town Leonberg! It’s thought that the Hospice St Bernard kindly enough sent down some St Bernard doggies to breed with another mystery dog. The new breed became extremely popular and Essig was able to sell up to 300 puppies a year until his death. In 1895, a breed standard was created but the effects of WW1 almost wiped the breed out, with only five being left at one point! They are now a fairly rare breed and nearly all these doggies in the UK can be traced back to the 1970’s, when a man named Dave Gower bought a male and female from abroad!