Calm, gentle and sweet, the Leonberger excels as a multi-purpose working dog, but its most important task is being a reliable family companion. They are friendly dogs that are willing to please, making them excellent therapy dogs. Despite the breed’s lion-like looks and large size, the Leonberger is actually quite light on its feet and graceful in motion. They can be red, reddish brown, sandy, or yellow brown and may have a black mask.
The Leonberger originated in the 1800s in Leonberg, Germany. Their original purpose was to be a family, farm and draft dog. The breed caught the attention of popular German artists who used them as models, and they’ve even been featured on the stamps of various European countries as well. Leonbergers almost became extinct after World War I, but two men were determined to keep the breed alive and recreated them from a very small number of dogs.
Leonbergers love children and make excellent family pets with regular training. The Leonberger’s profuse coat tends to shed a lot, requiring daily brushing. The breed needs moderate daily exercise.
- Working Group; AKC recognized in 2010.
- Ranging in size from 25½ to 31½ inches tall at the shoulder.
- Multi-purpose working dog; family companion.