Monday, April 6, 2015

Breed spotlight: Leonberger

The Leonberger is a very large dog known for being friendly and eager to please. The breed originated in Germany in the 1800s, and they are wonderful family dogs. Many also excel as working dogs in many fields, particularly as therapy dogs.

When looking at a Leonberger, speed and agility might not be words that come to mind, but these dogs are surprisingly energetic, light on their feet, and agile.

They need exercise, but to well in all sorts of living quarters. To a Leonberger, being with the family is more important than having lots of room.

Most Leonbergers love to swim - they even have webbed feet - and they are good at water rescue. They are related to Newfoundlands as well as Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and St. Bernards.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. My mom loves this breed and had considered getting one, but we got Bailie, and she is thinking she needs more agile dogs for what she likes to do, but these are awesome dogs.

    1. They are awesome! When my first Border Collie was a puppy my cousin had a Leonberger puppy, and they played together. The difference in size wasn't all that big the first time they met, but a few weeks later the Leonberger was as big as a grown Border Collie, LOL!

      ~ Maria ~