The Leonberger originates from Germany and was developed from crossing the Newfoundland and the St. Bernard. The Leonberger is a large dog with a lion-like mane and a thick double coat, consisting of a harsh top coat and a soft undercoat.
Leonberg in Germany
The Leonberger was developed in 1840 by the mayor of Leonberg.
The Leonberger is a confident, loyal dog who is generally good with children and other dogs. The giant Leonberger however, may be unsuitable for families with younger children. Care should be taken with all other pets around the home. The Leonberger makes a great guard dog.
Height bitch 65-75cms
Height dog 72-80cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 40-60 kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 54-77 kgs
The Leonberger comes in a variety of colours including:
High. The Leonberger needs at least 2 hours of exercise, preferably off the lead. Lack of exercise or mental stimulation can quickly result in unwanted and destructive behaviour including separation anxiety. Prospective Leonberger owners should give careful thought to the time commitment and exercise requirements of this large, athletic breed.
No. The breed requires an experienced handler.The Leonberger may also be an unsuitable size for many family homes.
Medium. The Leonberger requires regular brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove dead fur and keep the coat matt and tangle free.
Ears should be checked on a regular basis for foreign bodies and parasites such as thorns, brambles and ticks.
No. The Leonberger sheds throughout the year making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.
The breed is generally healthy and has a lengthy expected lifespan. But all new owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issue:
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy dog can expect to enjoy a leifespan of around 8-9 years.
A bitch weighing 50kgs requires 509gms of complete dry food per day.
A dog weighing 60kgs requires 570gms of complete dry food per day.
Approximate weekly cost of feeding a Leonberger bitch is £12.50
Approximate weekly cost of feeding a Leonberger dog is £14.00
We have based our estimates on feeding an above average quality popular dog food bought from a high street supermarket.
Remember to budget for other expenses that are not covered by pet insurance including:
Many veterinary practices now offer monthly budget schemes allowing you to spread the cost of routine and preventative treatments throughout the year.