Get to know the Leonberger
All you need to know about the breed
There is so much to say about the lovely Leonberger dog: Bred to be guardians, they are homebodies, family oriented, lovers of swimming (!), and long walks. A better mix of canine characteristics could hardly be found. So protective is their nature too at times that the Leonberger will routinely walk the house to ensure everyone is safe and sound and all is right on the homefront.
This giant breed can be compared to others of his girth, with their large limbs and hulking body as well as long luscious fur. What makes the Leonberger stand out? The lion-esque mane that rings their face, a super physical aspect that, along with their kind eyes, charms all who cross their path. They tend to keep to themselves - they are fairly quiet - but despite their gentleness and docility, the Leonberger has a deep bark, which, along with one glance at their size, will keep any would-be intruders at bay.
The Leonberger breed doesn’t reach full maturity until they are three years of age. This is typically a very robust dog but care should be taken to ensure they are kept as healthy as possible given their size; put otherwise, they are a lot of dog to tend to! Two things the Leonberger definitely needs: attention and tenderness, which they will gladly return in spades.
2 facts about Leonbergers
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Leonberger
Caring for your Leonberger
Grooming, training and exercise tips
Long, full, thick, and dense, the Leonberger’s double coat is all of this and more so grooming will be a pretty consistent task - daily is recommended since there is a lot of ground to cover! The Leonberger sheds, and does so most during the moulting season twice a year. Use a metal comb and undercoat rake to tend to the shorter, fluffier undercoat is best as well as a pin brush and slicker brush for the furry, thicker outercoat. Nails should be trimmed every other week to keep this large breed on balance. The Leonberger‘s size definitely means they should keep active but they don’t require a huge amount of exercise. Not to say that they don’t need room to roam: This is definitely not an apartment dog. And the exercise they enjoy most: swimming! Leonbergers have a natural affinity for the water. Training this giant breed needs to start early and socialising them with family and friends is best to develop them correctly. When Leonbergers are puppies and adults, they are bouncy and gregarious, so take care with them around toddlers and small children. With an adult male growing to as large as 150 pounds (68kg), it’s critical that the Leonberger is trained to know their place in the family unit. And the reverse is also true.