Leonberger Breed Summary
Intelligent, Energetic, Loyal and Obedient
These dogs 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. 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 28in - 31.5in, Females 25.5in - 29.5in|
|Weight||Males 110lb - 170lb, Females 90lb - 140lb|
|Coat||A Double Coat with a Harsher Top Coat and a Softer, Thick Undercoat with a Slight Wave|
|Color||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 color||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 dogs have very high energy levels and are also extremely intelligent. Because of this they are both easy to train and perform very well in sports and competitions, such as Agility and Obedience. They get along well with other animals, such as cats and horses – and especially humans! Because of this, they shouldn’t be kept outside as they want to be surrounded by family as much as possible. They make fantastic therapy dogs and their fluffy affectionate ways will leave the whole family besotted!