The thick double coat requires lots of brushing; a profuse seasonal shedder.
Leonbergers love children and make excellent family pets with regular training. The Leonberger's profuse coat tends to shed a lot, requiring daily brushing. The breed needs moderate daily exercise.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Leonberger is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
Leonbergers can be expensive! Due to their size, foods, medication, and treatments can be costly. Leonbergers grow at alarming rates as puppies and can reach more than 100 pounds at one year old. That growth needs to be fed with an ample, high-quality large breed diet that limits fat and protein intake, which might speed growth unduly. Access to fresh, clean drinking water should be available at all times for your dog.
Leonbergers are very large dogs with lush, double coat making consistent grooming a must. Special attention should be given to the fine feathering at the ear, on the back of the forelegs, and the full pants on the rear legs. Nails should be trimmed regularly, dental health maintained, and an occasional bath keeps the Leonberger in good condition. Because natural appearance is essential to the breed type, the Leonbergers medium-to-long, water-resistant double coat is not trimmed, sculpted, or altered in any way except for neatening of the hair on the feet.
Leonbergers need regular, moderate daily exercise and enjoy lots of time with their families. Beginning at puppyhood and into adulthood, a Leo benefits greatly from consistent, firm, loving socialization and training that will help ensure a mannerly, well-rounded, 100-plus-pound dog. True to his original purpose as a family, farm, and draft dog, today’s Leo excels as a multi-purpose working breed demonstrating success in varied endeavors such as water rescue, tracking, obedience, herding, therapy work, rally, agility, and carting. Leos are loving, dedicated companions, however due to their size, strength, and natural exuberance as puppies and adolescents, they are not ideal dogs for everyone.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Leonbergers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Leonberger can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.