Registration: All Leonberger dogs are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.
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The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Leonberger in 2002.
Breed Characteristics: The Leonberger is a very large majestic, muscular yet graceful dog.
It is commonly stated that if not for the black mask on its face a mature Leonberger would greatly resemble a lion because of the breed's characteristic large "mane" and is what was intended by the breed's creator Heinrich Essig. Due to the large manes the Leonberger is often referred to as the gentle lion dog.
Leonbergers have historically always been bred as companion dogs, giving way to the breed's excellent temperament.
The Leonberger is a very intelligent breed that is highly trainable. Leonbergers are exceptional with children and it is said that the breed absolutely adores children.
Leonbergers have webbed feet, which allows the Leonberger to be a superior swimmer.
Leonbergers are an all round exceptional family companion and guardian.
Country of Origin: The breed was developed in Leonberg near the Stuttgart region of Germany.
Original Purpose: Draft dog, guard dog and farm dog.
Today's Uses: Today the Leonberger is primarily a companion dog however the breed is still used a cart or drafting dog in parts of Europe.
Weight: Leonbergers typically weigh between 100 - 170 pounds.
Height: Leonberger males average 28 - 32 inches at the withers with female Leonbergers being slightly smaller at 25 - 30 inches tall.
Coat: The coat of the Leonberger has an outer coat and an under coat. The Leonberger's outer coat is heavy, thick and medium in length. The Leonberger's coat is shorter on the face and legs
Color: The Leonberger comes in straw yellow, red, reddish brown, pale yellow or cream colored and all combinations of those colors but the breed always has a black mask.
Temperament: Leonbergers are a composed, gentle yet active breed.
The Leonberger is a sociable dog that greatly enjoys interacting with and being around children.
Leonbergers are capable guardians of their loved ones and their homes.
The breed is an excellent guard and watch dog.
With Children: The Leonberger is renowned for its personality towards children.
The Leonberger is a large breed and caution should be used around very small children due to the breed's size.
Other Pet Compatibility:
When properly socialized at an early age the Leonberger does with with other pets.
Leonbergers are an intelligent breed that responds well to training.
Training of the Leonberger should begin in early puppyhood.
A firm but patient training method is recommended.
The Leonberger does not require a great deal of exercise but the breed does enjoy regular outdoor activities and thrives in cold weather climates.
Life Expectancy: The Leonberger has an average life span of 8 - 10 years.