General Size: XLarge
Country of Origin: Germany
Leonbergers are strong, muscular dogs and they have an
unusual feature of webbed feet. This enables them to swim really well. There are various
colors within the breed including pale yellow, golden and red/brown; all colors have a
black mask. The coloring is usually slightly different on the front legs, the throat and
under the tail, often being up to two shades lighter than their original color. Their original
purpose is the same as their purpose today – a good companion dog.
The Leonberger learns quite quickly and is a fairly intelligent
breed. They are loyal, placid, and they are also really easy going. They tend to be
confident and playful and they are usually not aggressive in any way.
The Leonberger was originally created in the 1840’s and it was supposed
to resemble the lion of the Leonber town crest. It is crossed between a St Bernard and a
Newfoundland and it is a backcross of a Pyrenean mountain dog. It is thought that there
may also be another dog involved in the creation on the Leonberger due to its coloration
but there is no proof, only a theory.
They became extremely popular as pets, but during World War I the breed almost died
out as their owners could not afford to feed them. There were only a few dogs left after
the end of the war and they were taken and bred from carefully until World War II when
again they nearly became extinct. Once again, after the war the few remaining dogs were
used to breed from and slowly their numbers went up. These days the Leonberger is still
quite rare but slowly its numbers are increasing and it is gaining in popularity.
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