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Leonberger

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Leonberger

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Dog Group Kennel Club Working
Breed Classification The Leonberger is a member of the working group. They were originally bred as companions and are still used as such today.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
£7.50-10
Feeding Requirements
The young Leonberger must be fed the correct diet in the correct amounts. The breeder will be able to advise on the best diet for your puppy.
Other Expenses
The price for a Leonberger puppy is £800 upwards.
Average Puppy Price
>£800
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
8
General Physical Description
The Leonberger is a large, strong and muscular dog. They have an unusual feature, webbed feet, which makes them good swimmers.
Height Min Max
Bitch 65cm 75cm
Dog 72cm 80cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 34kg 50kg
Dog 34kg 50kg
Size Category Large
Weight Height Range Ideally dogs should measure between 72-80cms at the withers and weigh between 34 – 50kgs. Bitches should measure between 65-75cms and weigh between 30 – 50kgs.
Ailments The Leonberger is in general a healthy breed. As long as they have the correct diet to allow their proper growth there should not be too many bone and joint problems. Many breeders are now screening their dogs for hip problems.
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
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History The Leonberger dog was created in the 1840’s to resemble the lion of the Leonber town crest. It is a cross between a Newfoundland and St Bernard, and a backcross to a Pyrenean Mountain dog. Another dog may also have been used in the creation of the Leonberger in order for the colour we see them in today to be developed. They became very popular and many distinguished people owned them. However during World War I they almost died out as people could not afford to feed them. The handful of dogs that were left were bred from carefully until the World War II when they were nearly all lost again. Today the Leonberger is still relatively rare but it is gaining in numbers and popularity.
Intelligence The Leonberger is an intelligent dog, it learns quickly and will become aware of what is expected of it. Due to its large size training should be started as early as possible.
Show Characteristics The Leonberger should have a relatively broad head with a square muzzle. The jaws should be strong with a complete scissor bite. The eyes should be of medium size and dark. The ears are high set, hanging close to the head, wide, long and well feathered. The neck should be strong and long. The chest should be deep with well sprung ribs. The front legs should be straight and well boned, the back legs should be strong and muscular. The feet should be tight, round and webbed. The tail should not be carried too high or curl over the back. The coat should be fairly long, relatively soft and slightly wavy, never curly, with a good undercoat. They have an obvious mane at the throat and chest. The colours desired are light yellow, golden to red/brown in colour, with a black mask. The hair on the underside of the tail, throat and front legs can be a shade or two lighter than the rest. Some white on the chest and toes is allowed.
Country Of Origin Germany
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Characteristics
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Energy Medium
Overall Exercise 40 - 60 minutes
Distress Caused if Left Alone Medium
Personal Protection Low
Suitability As Guard Dog Medium
Risk of Sheep Worrying Medium
Tendency to Bark Low
Ease of Transportation Low
Level of Aggression Low
Compatibility With Other Animals High
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament They are easy-going, placid, loyal and even-tempered. They get on well with other pets and children.
Grooming
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Coat Length Medium/Long
Grooming Requirement > Once a week
Trimming None
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming The coat needs to be brushed and groomed on a regular basis to remove any dead and loose hair.
Colour They can be light yellow, golden to red/brown in colour, with a black mask. Usually the hair on the underside of the tail, throat and front legs is a shade or two lighter than the rest. Some have white on the chest.
Shedding Little
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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