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  • The Leonberger is AKC's 167th breed.
  • Leonbergers come from the town of Leonberg, in modern day Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.
  • Leonbergers are most closely related to the St. Bernard and, to a lesser extent, to the Landseer Newfoundland and Pyrenean Mountain Dog.
  • Heinrich Essig, the founder of the breed, was a town counselor of Leonberg, and legend has it that he wanted a dog that resembled the lion on the town crest.
  • Leonbergers are dimorphic, which means that males should look distinctly more masculine and larger than females.
  • Leonbergers have a double coat which requires regular brushing to help control the shedding, and is one of the few breeds in the AKC whose coat may not be altered or trimmed, except to "neaten the feet."
  • Leonbergers have the potential to be outstanding therapy dogs.
  • Leonbergers have webbed feet, are strong swimmers, and are excellent at water rescue.
  • Leonbergers must have tight flews, and should not drool.
  • The breed was almost lost after both world wars, but was revitalized due to the efforts of breed enthusiasts.

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