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Leonberger

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Leonberger
Alternative names
 
Country of origin
Germany
Common nicknames
Leo
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 2 Section 2 #145  
AKC: FSS  
ANKC: Group 6 (Utility)  
CKC: Working Dogs  
KC (UK): Working  
NZKC: Utility  
UKC: Guardian Dogs  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct
Notes
 

The Leonberger is a giant breed of dog. The breeds name derives from the city of Leonberg in south-west Germany. Due to this breeds large size, love of muddy water, and the amount of attention and excercise needed, the Leonberger is not commonly seen in large cities or towns.

The female Leonberger weighs up to 60 kg and the male up to 80 kg although males of 59kg and females of 45 kg are acceptable in show ring. The Leonberger sheds heavily.

Temperament

The Leonberger can make an excellent companion with a loving temperament. They are good with children and are happy to play ball with the whole family. They get on well with other pets if they are taught from an early age how to behave around them. They are sociable dogs that love other dogs and water. This breed should be walked daily, starting with about 20 minutes a day as a puppy and working up as the dog grows. They are not good apartment dogs; they at least need a big back yard where they can run around.

History

The Leonberger, was originally bred from the Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, and Pyrenean Mountain Dog. They originated from Germany in the early 1800s, it was bred to resemble the coat-of-arms animal of Leonberg, the lion.


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