Leonberger

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AKC Group: Working
Established in Leonberg, Germany from crossing Newfoundlands, St. Bernards and Great Pyrenees. The object was to develop a dog that looked like a lion. Leonbergers have been owned by numerous royal families. In the 19th century, many Leonbergers were imported to Russia. The World Wars brought the breed close to extinction. After the wars, Germans worked hard to re-establish their numbers. The first Leonberger was brought into the U.S. in 1971.
Size: 25 to 32 inches tall; 120 to 170 pounds
Color: Yellow, sandy, red or reddish brown
Life span: 8 to 9 years
Health problems: Hip dysplasia, eyelid defects, bone diseases, various skeletal diseases or disorders.
The Leonberger is a gentle, even tempered dog. Self-assured and calm, the Leonberger is a playful dog. He is eager to please and loves to learn. He is very friendly with all kids and very calm in any
situation. To train a Leonberger, you must be patient. Never be harsh with this gentle giant. Socialize and train as early as you can, his size will make late training to correct established problems difficult.
This dog is large, muscular and has an obvious double coat. He sports a black face mask. For a giant breed, a Leonberger is surprisingly agile. Leonbergers are a dimorphic breed; this means that males look very masculine, while females look very feminine. Brush his coat weekly. Keep his ears clean and brush his teeth as necessary. Bathe only when needed. The most attention a Leonberger will need is to de-mat behind his ears, the feathering on his legs and his feathered tail. Leonbergers seasonally shed pretty heavily. During these times, brush and comb daily.
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