Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 28-32 in (72-80cm) Bitch: 26-30 in (65-75cm)
Weight: 80-150 lb (36.5-68kg)
Coat: Medium soft, fairly long, and close to body
Color: Light yellow, or golden to red-brown; preferably with black mask

A German breed, the Leonberger is generally thought to have come about through the crossing of a Landseer and a Pyrenean Mountain Dog. However, some people believe that it is a descendant of the Tibetan Mastiff, while others consider it to be the product of selective breeding by Herr Essig of Leonberg. He is said to have used the Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, and Pyrenean Mountain Dog to develop the breed. The breed was devastated by both World Wars and is considered a rare breed. Good natured, intelligent, and lively, the Leonberger is a fine-looking watchdog, produced from breeds of sound temperament. It is essentially a country dog, and needs daily brushing, regular exercise, and plenty of space. It is very good with children, and has a great love of water.
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