Leonberger Dog Breed

Leonberger Dog Breed Introduction:
The massive and muscular features of this dog belie their amazingly gentle, calm and sweet nature. Again, in contrast to their very large size, they are quite mobile and surprisingly fast. The breed dates back to the mid 1800′s and there are legends surrounding their symbolic nature. The Leonberger Dog Breed is firmly entrenched it the Working Group of dog breeds. Visit Cute Puppies For Sale’s thorough Dog Breed Index to locate an Leonberger Breeder near you.

Leonberger Puppy

Leonberger Puppy

Leonberger Dog Breed Appearance:
As we mentioned, the the Leonberger is a very large, and muscular dog that has a balanced body. Their heads are rectangular and broad, with the males having larger head to body ratios than the females. The feature a “black mask” on the face which extends down the muzzle. Their chests feature a lion-like mane which serve to give it it’s nicknames of “Leo” or “The Gentle Lion” breed. The mane is part of a full double coat, which is medium to long and is water resistant. They have feathery legs and a bushy tail. The Leonberger is one of the few breeds that often have webbed feet. Ears are triangular and fall downwards tight to the head. Colors seen are lion-yellow, sand colored (pale yellows or cream), red-brown, golden and any combination of those colors. The constant features if the previously mentioned black mask. The Leongberger dog breed ranges from 25 to 32 inches at the whithers and wegihts anywhere from 100 to 170 pounds depending on gender.

Leonberger Puppies for Sale

Leonberger Puppies for Sale

Leonberger Dog Breed Origins:
The Leongberer’s history begins approximately in the 1830′s, when noted dog breeder Heinrich Essig from Leonberg a small village near Stuttgart in Germany first created the breed. Essig took local dogs, the Landseer Newfoundland, and a large male bred at the Great St. Bernard Hospice and Monastery (the breed that would go one to be created there was the Saint Bernard). The breed was fully established by 1846. Many accounts say that Essig later added the Pyrenean Mountain Dog to the breeding to create very large canines with long flowing white coats which were popular for some time. A very popular story of the region states that the breeding was to create a dog that had resemblance to the lion on the coat of arms of Leonberg.

As time went on the dog became known for it’s hard work on farms, though they continued to be a popular “royal” dog, owned by Otto Bon Bismarck, Naopleans II & III, the Prince of Wales and Umberto I of Italy. As with many of the storied European dog breeds, the Leonberger almost met its end thanks to World War I and World War II (some say as little as 5 remained after WWI, and only 8 remained after WWII). After the wars had ended, several German enthusiasts found the small remaining numbered of Leonbergers and helped re-establish them, with standards being set in 1949. The breed made it’s way to North American near the start of the 20th century, where they are particularly popular in Canada as lifesaving and water-rescue dogs. Cute Puppies For Sale’s extensive dog breed directory has cute Leonberger puppies for sale.

Leonberger Dog Breed

Leonberger Dog Breed

Leonberger Dog Breed Temperament:
This is a family dog, no doubt about it. Especially when they have had good training and socialization, their even and gentle temperament is their most noticeable characteristic aside from their massive size. They are loving and trustworthy to a fault. They will take all manner of abuse from children (so make sure you watch during play-time) and are not bothered much by noise, meeting all challenges with the ultimate level of patience. The majority of the breed does not react aggressively, and simply choose to walk away rather than have confrontation. Training should be gentle yet consistent and firm. They train well, and can be taught to alert and watch. Though their nature will not lend them to attack, their size maybe be a deterrent to unwanted characters. They travel well and love to swim and generally be wherever you are.

Leonberger Puppies for Sale

Leonberger Puppies

Leonberger Dog Breed Mortality:
Many large dog breeds have low life expectancies and this is true of the Leonberger, which averages a 7-9 year lifespan, though can live into their mid teens. With size again, comes a tendency towards hip dysplasia, and skeletal disorders; these things are relatively well-controlled through quality breeding. Bloat, another big dog condition is something to watch for closely (small meals, not big ones are better). Cancer is the leading cause of death in the breed at nearly 45-45%. Regular check-ups are imperative. The breed appreciates exercise, especially swimming, and loves to hike and work. High levels of exercise like the preceding should only occur after 18 months of age or later. Visit Cute Puppies For Sale’s full Dog Breed Directory to identify a Certified Leonberger Breeder.

Leonberger Dog Breed Overview:
The Leongberger is a family dog through and through. Their size may intimidate, but they are as gentle and loving as any dog can be. They are the epitome of the “gentle giant”, and will be excellent in any home setting. Be sure your family is ready to handle not only the large size of the dog, but all of the love they are going to bring as well. Visit Cute Puppies For Sale’s extensive Dog Breed Directory to locate Leonberger Breeders in your state.

3 Responses to “Leonberger Dog Breed”

  1. lilbrat says:

    These are truly a very gentle giant, they are huge and cuddly and BEAUTIFUL !!

  2. Ime-Abasi says:

    Please how can i get a Leonberger puppy for my kids here in Nigeria, is there any special arrangement to meet that, and what would be the financial requirements for this, looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks alot.

  3. gerardo moreno says:

    im looking for leonberger puppie?? Here in california

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