|Group:||Utility (Group 6)|
|Club:||Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)|
Background The Leonberger takes its name from the town of Leonberg in Germany where it originated. It was created by Herr Essig in the mid 19th century by the crossing of the Newfoundland, St Bernard, Pyrenean Mountain Dog and undoubtedly other mountain dog breeds, to produce a lion-like dog to represent and honour the town of Leonberg.
Average Lifespan The average lifespan of a Leonberger is between 8 and 10 years.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Leonbergers have a rare talent of combining natural exuberance and love of life with a calm, gentle disposition. They are known for their wonderful temperament with children. The Leonberger character is loyal, fearless, intelligent and confident. They are generally unflappable and therefore able to handle most situations. The Leonberger really enjoys life and wants to be with you, whatever you do, and go with you, wherever you go.
Compatibility with other pets Leonbergers are very sociable and enjoy the company of other animals. They are neither aggressive nor shy and really enjoy playing with other animals.
Care Requirements Leonbergers are relatively low maintenance dogs. However they are double coated, plenty of shade and water is required in hot weather. They also need and enjoy daily exercise. A good groom 1-2 times a week will ensure good clean coat condition. Leonbergers have pendulous ears and require regular ear checking and cleaning to prevent ear problems developing.
Ideal Owner/s Ideal owners are people who enjoy the company of their dog and involve them in their everyday lives. Leonbergers are being used increasingly for backpacking, carting, land and water rescue and in therapy dog work. They are a companion animal in the fullest meaning of the word and are happiest being in the home with their family.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Leonberger and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.