The breed demonstrates success in such varied activities as water rescue, tracking, agility, obedience, rally, herding, carting, therapy work and other activities involving great strength and agility coupled with a thoughtful, gentle intelligence. Obedience training is a must for young Leonbergers! Classes held outside the home are recommended early in a puppy’s life for both their training and socialization benefits. Leos want to please their owners and be involved in everything their family does, so patient, consistent, positive training will help your puppy become a well adjusted, mannerly family member. Socialization of your puppy is very important. Expose your Leo to a variety of people outside the family, and introduce new places, experiences and other animals in a secure, nurturing manner, especially in the first year of your puppy’s life. Remember, Leonberger puppies grow up fast, can be quite “mouthy,” and energetically rambunctious, so early training and socialization is vital. Leonberger puppies should have daily, supervised play and outdoor exercise time. As they grow, a conscientious owner will introduce new activities in a positive, supportive atmosphere which allows the puppy time to accept and understand each new venture while keeping in mind that activities should be appropriate to the age of the puppy.
Did You Know?
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.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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