Breed History

In the early 18th century, a dog breeder and seller from the town of Leonberg in Germany started breeding these wonderful dogs. A mix of Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland, and longhaired Saint Bernard, is what created this jumbo-sized dog breed. The gentle temperament and large breed was owned by many royal families, this gave the breed international exposure.

Like many animal breeds in this world, this breed was almost at extinction at the end of second world war, with only 6 known Leonberger breeders to have this breed at the end of the war. It is believed that the breeders had to reintroduce Newfoundlands and St Bernards to the lines to build back this dog breed. This versatile breed regained his popularity in Europe in the mid 19th century. Today the Leonberger is still relatively rare but it is gaining in numbers and popularity across the world.

Since a written standard did not exist for this breed, it was not registered with associations until recently. The Leonberger has now received recognition as a member of the Working Group of dogs. It was registered at the American Kennel Club on January 1, 2010.

Appearance

The Leonberger comes with a gorgeous double coat, is a large, muscular, and elegant dog.

 

Approximate size measurements:

 

Male: 28–32 in (71–80 cm) — average 30 in (75 cm)
Female: 26–30 in (65–75 cm) — average 28 in (70 cm)

Temperament

The temperament of this breed is one of its most important and distinguishing characteristics. When well socialized and trained, these giant dogs can be very gentle and composed. They are usually very friendly with family members and friendly toward children.

 

 

Coat and Texture

The Leonberger's long, water-resistant double coat is moderately soft and straight. They comes in lion-yellow, red to reddish-brown and sand with a black mask. Their water resistant coat is short on the muzzle and limbs.

 

 

 

Breed History

Since a written standard did not exist for this breed, it was not registered with associations until recently. The Leonberger has now received recognition as a member of the Working Group of dogs. It was registered at the American Kennel Club on January 1, 2010.

 

 

Appearance

The Leonberger comes with a gorgeous double coat, is a large, muscular, and elegant dog.

Approximate size measurements: (Height at withers:)

Male: 28–32 in (71–80 cm) — average 30 in (75 cm)
Female: 26–30 in (65–75 cm) — average 28 in (70 cm)

Temperament

The temperament of this breed is one of its most important and distinguishing characteristics. When well socialized and trained, these giant dogs can be very gentle and composed. They are usually very friendly with family members and friendly toward children.

They are Robust, loyal and intelligent and can be taken anywhere as they are quite adaptable.

Coat and Texture

The Leonberger's long, water-resistant double coat is moderately soft and straight. They comes in lion-yellow, red to reddish-brown and sand with a black mask. Their water resistant coat is short on the muzzle and limbs. The rest of the body has long, profuse, outer coat which is durable and relatively straight. Mature masculine male Leonbergers exhibit a pronounced mane around the entirety of his neck and chest, helping to define a lion-like mane and structure.

 His coat is highlighted with black tippings which add depth to the colour. Heavy shedding of fur (twice a year) is very common in this breed. A good brushing every week is sufficient to keep it in fine shape. The deep, imposing bark and confident presence should be enough to deter intruders.