The Leonberger, or "lion dog", is a large and muscular companion dog.
This breed originated in Leonberg in southern Germany. It was created by crossing Newfoundland dogs, long-haired St. Bernard dogs and Pyrenees dogs.
The result was a dog breed that today works excellently as a family/companion dog.
They are calm, intelligent, and playful family members who form strong bonds with their owners. Leonbergers love children and also have the potential to get along with other pets.
Remember, they are large dogs that require a lot of space. They are not typical apartment dogs.
It is vital that a potential owner starts disciplining them early. An untrained Leonberger can be a lot to handle (can weigh between 50-70 kilos).
How much fur care?
They have a double-layered coat. One layer is the long and dense overcoat, while the other layer is a thick undercoat. In addition, they have a "mane" (no wonder they have been compared to lions) around the head.
You will probably need to brush through the coat a few times a week to keep it free of tangles.
Hip and elbow joint dysplasia occur. The same goes for allergies, heart disease, narrowed larynx, and knee problems, although the latter disorders are not common.
The Leonberger is also predisposed to wet eczema, so remember to dry us well after bathing.