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Life span

9 Years


77 Kg


Working Dogs

Leonberger Overview

This dog breed belongs to the giant dog breed group. As theyre rathe rlarge in size, they come with a thick, double coat. They're muscular in appearance but elegant by nature. They have striking looks and pride themselves with their interlect. The Leonberger is kind and loving and makes a a wonderful family pet.

This dog breed is also known as a dimorphic breed, which means they can either be very masculine or extremely feminine, meaning their gender is often hard to detect.

The male measures 71-80cm in height and weighs 120-170lb. Female measures 65-75cm in height and weighs 100-135lb.

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Leonberger Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Leonberger is a giant dog that originates from Leonberg, Germany dating back to 1846. History dictates that the Leonberger was originally bred as a "symbolic dog" to look like the lion in the crest of Leonberg. 

Leonberger Temperament

Leonbergers are quiet and very calm dogs. They're very intelligent and trainable but can be stubborn. This wonderful, giant dog breed would suits family that has outdoor space as they do love to explore and play. They're an active dog breed and need moderate levels of exercise on a daily basis. 

Leonberger Training

Leonberg is really easy to train. Training and socialisation should start from a young age so they grow into a happy, well-balanced dog. They can be stubborn at times a require the patience and positive enforcement training. 


The Leonberg requires brushing twice a week to keep their coat in great condition. As with all dog breeds, they also need regular trimming of their nails and cleaning of their eyes, ears and paws. 


The Leonberger is prone to several health conditions and all potential owners must be aware of the potential health issues and check with the breeder as to what genetic testing has been done during the breeding process. The health conditions are:

  • Hip dysplasia 
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Eye disease 
  • Cataracts
  • Orthopaedic issues 
  • osteochondritis dissecans


Leonberger Exercise Needs

The Leonberger requires over 2 hours a day of exercise with plenty of the time off the lead to explore. This dog breed is suitable for a family with large enough outdoor space and that enjoys the great outdoors. 

They also require plenty of mental stimulation to remain happy, healthy and well-balanced dogs. 

Children and other pets

The Leonberger is a friendly, loving and devoted dog, which makes them a wonderful pet to have. Because of their size, they're not the most suitable for children of a younger age. They're also good with other household pets provided they're socialised correctly from a young age. 

Playtime must always be supervised by a responsible adult to prevent rough play.