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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Working group.


Approximately 60-80 kg.


Approximately 65-80 cm.


Typically shades of fawn, reddish-brown, or golden yellow with a black face mask and sometimes a white spot on the chest.


The coat is of medium length and consists of long, thick, and smooth hair. This breed also has a mane and undercoat.



Leonbergers are lively dogs that love swimming. When treated properly, Leonbergers are extremely loving and loyal friends that will provide you with wonderful companionship.

Country of Origin:



While the exact origins of the Leonberger are not concretely known, some believe that this breed was developed by crossing Newfoundlands with St. Bernards and Great Pyrenees while others believe that the breed descended from the Tibetan Mastiff. It's also possible that the Leonberger descended from the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. While only eight Leonbergers remained alive after World War II, the breed was successfully revived. The first standard for in this breed was created in 1895 and another standard was established by the FCI in 1973.


This breed was likely named after either the German town of Wurtemberg or the Swiss town of Löwenberg. This breed's nicknamed is Leo.


The Leonberger is an adaptable and self-assured dog with a calm and docile temperament. With proper training, these dogs are incredibly gentle with children. Any aggression displayed by this breed is typically due to improper training or harsh treatment.



Leonbergers require proper training at an early age in order to instill the great gentleness that they are known for.


These dogs have a moderate to high activity level, requiring daily walks and mental stimulation.


Although large in size, Leonbergers don't really take up much space, especially when they curl up to sleep in the house. As long as they receive sufficient daily exercise and have access to a yard, these dogs can be suitable for city life. With proper training, Leonbergers are excellent companions for families and children. Leonbergers don't like to be tied up or left alone and require weekly brushing.


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