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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #93
Name Leonberger
Other names Leo, Gentle Lion, Gentle Giant
Origin Germany
Breed Group Working (AKC:2010)Guardian Dogs (UKC)
Size Giant
Type Purebred
Life span 8-10 years
Temperament AdaptableCompanionableFearlessLovingLoyalObedient
Height Male: 29 - 31 inches (74 - 80 cm)Female: 27 - 29 inches (61 - 74 cm)
Weight Male: 130 - 170 pounds (59 - 77 kg)Female: 100 - 130 pounds (45 - 59 kg)
Colors RedReddish BrownSandyYellow
Litter Size 6-8 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1500 - $2000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 1 stars
Barking Tendencies 1 starsRare
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 4 stars
Exercise Needs 4 stars
Grooming 5 starsHigh Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 5 starsAs with all giant breeds, they are prone to hip dysplasia and other skeletal diseases/disorders. Also eyelid defects and bone disease. Possible behavioral problems.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 2 starsRanking: 80+
Playfulness 4 stars
Shedding Level 5 starsConstant Shedding: Expect this dog to shed frequently. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 4 starsModerately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
Watchdog Ability 5 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Rocky Lucy
02 Bear Daisy
03 Scout Missie
04 Oliver Ruby
05 Moose Marley
06 Jake Ellie
07 Duke Dakota
08 Rocco Roxy
09 Henry Coco
10 Sammy Phoebe

The Leonberger is a calm, large, muscular working dog with proud head carriage, level top line, and balanced build. They are a dimorphic breed, with males and females easily discernible as such. Males have strong, masculine heads while the female head expresses femininity. Tight flews, a distinguishing feature of the breed, provide for a dry mouth with no drooling. A soft, sweet expression, dark brown eyes, and a black mask are hallmarks of the Leonberger breed. For his size, the Leo is light on his feet and graceful in motion with a powerful, ground covering gait. Although a multi-purpose working breed, the Leonberger is primarily value as a loving companion, enthusiastically participating in most family endeavors and socializing at human gatherings.

The Leonberger is known as a gentle giant. It has a friendly personality and loves everyone, including children, strangers, dogs, and other pets. Young children should be watched around the Leonberger due to its considerable size. The Leonberger is highly patient and sensitive with a strong desire to please.

This breed was established in 1846 in Leonberg, Germany, in the region of Wurttemberg by the German breeder Heinrich Essing from a crossing of the Newfoundland, St. Bernard, and the Great Pyrenees. Heinrich Essing's goal was to create a breed that would closely resemble the look of a lion. Leonbergers have been owned by many royal families including Napoleon II of France, Empress Elizabeth of Austria, the Prince of Wales, Emperor Napoleon II, Bismarck and Italian King Umberto. In the nineteenth century many Leonbergers were imported to Russia. Like many breeds, the world wars almost brought it to extinction. By the end of World War II, only a few dogs remained. In 1945, several Germans gathered some of the few remaining Leonbergers and re-established the breed. Today the Leonberger has regained his popularity in Europe. The official standard was set in 1949. The first Leonberger was imported to the United States in 1971. This versatile breed has been successful for guarding livestock, search and rescue, obedience, water rescue, tracking and as a family companion.
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