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Leonberger Home country: Germany

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An impressive dog, in its size as well as its gentle nature! The Leonberger makes a great and incredibly loyal pet.



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Bred from the Great Pyrenees, St. Bernard and Newfoundland breeds, the Leonberger breed was first established in Leonberg, Germany in 1846. The breed was developed by Heinrich Essing, a German dog breeder who was trying to create a breed resembling a lion.

Leonbergers have been kept by many people of royal blood, including Empress Elizabeth of Austria and Napoleon the second of France. The breed was almost extinct after the two world wars, but a few Germans re-established the Leonberger breed in 1945. Although the Leonberger is still a somewhat rare breed, they have regained some of their popularity in Europe. It is not yet a very well known breed in the United States.

In Europe, the Leonberger is primarily a working dog. It is used for search and rescue, water rescue, guarding livestock and tracking. They are sometimes used to pull small carts or sleds. In America they are most commonly used as a family companion.

The Leonberger's water resistant coat can be golden, red, red-brown, or sandy colored with a black mask over the muzzle, sometimes stretching all the way up to the eyes, which are black. Leonbergers have large heads with long snouts. The ears lie flat against the head, almost down to the jaw. The Leonberger has a mane of long hair all around the head with slightly shorter hair all over the rest of the body. The skull is large, and deeper than it is wide. The long, bushy tail of the Leonberger hangs straight down, curling up slightly at the tip. Light, wispy hair grows from the back of the legs.

Female Leonbergers are 27 to 29 inches tall on average, males are 29 to 31 inches. The average weight of a female Leonberger is 100 to 130 pounds, whereas males are usually 130 to 170 pounds.

In general, the breed is gentle, obedient, and loving, and patient with children of all ages. The Leonberger strives to please its owner in any possible way. They don't do well when left by themselves but are delighted to be included in most family activities, from shopping to hiking. The Leonberger does not need a particularly large amount of exercise each day, although they love to swim and will lie in water all day if given the opportunity.

Leonbergers hardly ever show any aggression toward people. Instead, they usually walk away from the person bothering them. If the dog feels that its family is being threatened, it will not usually attack, but will either place itself between its family and the attacker or will try to corner the attacker.
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