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Size: Large

Weight: 75 - 110 lbs.

Height: 26" - 32"

Life Span: 10 years

Health Problems: Hip dysplasia; bone and joint disorders; eye diseases; behavioral problems

Origin: Germany (1800s)

Also Known As: Leo

Group: Non-Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Leonberger does not require a lot of exercise, but loves to swim and hike. This dog can be trained for working tasks such as sledding or pulling a cart.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


The Leonberger is affectionate, sweet and calm. This breed becomes attached to its owner, it will want to be with you all the time. If left alone for long periods of time, your Leonberger may suffer from separation anxiety. This breed is too friendly to be a good watch or guard dog, but its formidable appearance may discourage intruders. Eager to please and train, the Leonburger responds best to patient training, rather than harsh handling. The Leonberger is often described as a "gentle giant" and is one of the most family-friendly pets among the large / giant breeds."

Compatibility with Kids

The best "giant" choice for kids. The Leo is extremely patient with children, even bad ones. Most Leos respond to obnoxious behavior simply by walking away, making it fairly safe for even the most difficult children. However, every dog has its limits, and kids should be taught to respect their canine friends."


The Leonberger is a cross between the Great Pyrenees, St. Bernard, Landseer and Newfoundland. German breeder Heinrich Essig developed the breed to resemble the lion on the coat of arms at the town hall in Leonberg, Germany.

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