Susan cares for two Newfoundland dogs and works as a freelance writer.
History of the Leonberger
The Leonberger is a breed that goes back to the middle 1800s when Heinrich Essig a city councilor in Leonberg Germany wanted a dog resembling a lion. He crossed a Saint Bernard with a Newfoundland Landseer then later introduced into the breeding a Great Pyrenean Mountain Dog.
The Leonberger emerged with the qualities of the 3 breeds that it came from, which are as follows; tracking, strength, and loyalty from the Saint Bernard, swimming from the Newfoundland dog, and the hearing and sight from the Great Pyrenean.
Often referred to as Leos, this beautiful breed is a very large dog. The females stand 26 – 29 inches and weigh over 100 pounds.
Males are 28 – 31 inches and weigh 140 pounds. These are the average measurements and weights. The male can hit over 180 pounds.
Males will have a thick mane making it look lion-like. The double coats on these dogs are waterproof and their feet are webbed in between the toes making swimming for this giant breed easy.
This breed makes an excellent water rescue dog and is used quite extensively by German and Italian Search and Rescue teams. They love to work and because they are very agile running is no problem for this breed.
For a family dog, they are great companions, wonderful with children and get along well with other pets.
This breed is friendly, loving, devoted, protective, and even-tempered. They adapt quite well to noise where some other breeds would find this stressful.
Intelligence, how long the Leonberger will live, grooming, and breeder prices
The Leonberger is a highly intelligent breed and can be trained to do draft work, carting, diving, tracking, herding, therapy work, and more.
The life expectancy of this breed is 8 –10 years but can live longer.
They do not drool as they have tight flews.
Grooming should be done at a minimum of once per week as with their thick undercoat the fur is prone to matt and knot.
The price that one can expect to pay for this breed of dog will vary depending on the breeder however price range is anywhere from $1600.00 U.S. dollars and up.
In Ontario, Canada you can expect to pay as much as $2,750.00.
Adorable Leonberger Puppies
I worked for a woman in Ontario at Orovale Kennels that is a Leonberger breeder and a Newfoundland dog breeder. Her dogs are gorgeous and she has had and still shows Champions in both breeds. In my opinion, these dogs are wonderful!
The pictures above are some shots of part of a litter of Leonbergers and a litter of Newfoundland dogs that I took while working at Orovale Kennels.
If You Would Like To Find A Leonberger
- Leonberger Breeders - Canada\'s Guide to Dogs - Working Dog Breeds
Leonberger breeders. Canada's Guide to Dogs is the ultimate online resource for information about dogs in Canada and around the world.
© 2010 Susan Zutautas
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 06, 2012:
duffsmom, They are such a beautiful breed. Glad you liked the article and thank you.
P. Thorpe Christiansen from Pacific Northwest, USA on November 05, 2012:
We have a Leonberger, Alex who is a wonderful member of our family. Loved the hub--it's hard to find articles about this breed. Well done!
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 30, 2012:
Nettlemere, Nice to meet you. The Leonberger is a beautiful dog.
Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on August 29, 2012:
Interesting to read about the history of the breed - which I had no idea about. I liked your photos too.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 13, 2012:
Sally's Trove, Glad you liked the video.
Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on July 12, 2012:
The video was very neat to watch. Beautiful, happy dogs!
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 20, 2012:
Suhail, The Kuvasz is such a gorgeous breed. I have 2 Newfoundland dogs myself. Glad you liked this hub, and nice to meet you.
Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on February 19, 2012:
I thought I had a giant dog breed (Kuvasz). When I looked at 4 Leonberger puppies of 11 months, I was utterly astonished at their massive sizes and gentleness. Nice hub.
Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 07, 2011:
Thanks so much everyone. They are wonderful dogs.
Miss Lil' Atlanta from Atlanta, GA on May 06, 2011:
Wow Great Niche Hub! I love the Leonberger dog breed.
Paradise7 from Upstate New York on December 27, 2010:
Lovely dogs! Good hub!
Susan Kaul from Michiagn, USA on December 26, 2010:
What a gorgeous animal. Just wonderful to learn about.