The Leonberger is a breed of large dogs, whose name comes from the city of Leonberg, in Baden-Württemberg. According to legend, the Leonberg was bred as a “symbolic dog”, the pendant of the lion which adorns the crest of the city’s coat of arms.
Life expectancy: 8 to 9 years
Size: Female: 65–75 cm, Male: 72–80 cm
Weight: Female: 41–59 kg, Male: 48–75 kg
Character: Intrepid, Obedient, Loyal, Good Company, Loving, Adaptable
Dresses: Mahogany, Sand, Yellow, Red
Are you thinking about adding a precious puppy to your life? Leonberger is definitely a breed to be observed! Loving, loyal and great – these dogs can be a great addition to a growing family. However, before adopting Leonberger, there are definitely some facts and figures to consider to determine if it is suitable for your family.
“The Cute Giant” is often called an adult female from Leonberger who weighs about 90-140 lbs, while an adult male weighs about 110-170 lbs, according to the American Kennel Club. The female may reach a height of 29 inches, while the male height may reach about 31 inches. These animals are large but very popular. Also, due to its large size, its age is slightly shorter than other strains in 7-10 years.
The Leonberger first appeared in Leonberg, Germany in the 1800s, according to the Leonberger Club of America.
During World War I, the breed almost became extinct. Two Leonberger breeders began a club committed to saving the Leonberger. The breeding program was taken over by the German government during the war and slowly began regaining numbers.
The breed is now growing in popularity in the United States and the United Kennel Club recognized the Leonberger in 1991.
The Leonberger is in the company of the Newfoundland, St. Bernard, and Great Pyrenees in the Working Class dog breed group.
Leonbergers do shed quite a bit. It’s definitely a factor to considering before welcoming this kind-hearted breed into your home. They need to be regularly brushed. Though, on the plus side, they do not drool.
The Leonberger also needs a lot of playtime with their owners. They work well with other pets and children when properly trained and socialized. The Leonberger is a great family dog.
The Leonberger is a sensitive breed. They vibe off of your vibes and will become visibly upset when their family argues or otherwise expresses anger or sadness. They are a wonderful companion and will be your best friend.
If you’re interested in rescuing one of these dogs with a big heart (and a big body!) head over to the Leonberger Club of America.