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.