Leonberger Dog Breed Facts & Information

By Katie Garrity

Thinking of adding a precious pup to your life? The Leonberger is definitely a breed to consider! Loving, loyal, and adorable — these dogs can be a great addition to a growing family. However, before adopting a Leonberger, there are definitely some facts and figures you should consider to decide if they're the right fit for your household.

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The Basics

Often nicknamed the "gentle giant," an adult female Leonberger weighs around 90-140 pounds, while an adult male weighs about 110-170 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. Females may reach 29 inches high, while males reach around 31 inches in height. These animals are big but oh so loveable. Also, due to their large size, their lifespan is a bit shorter than other breeds at 7-10 years.

The History

The Leonberger first appeared in Leonberg, Germany in the 1800s, according to the Leonberger Club of America.

During World War I, the breed almost became extinct. Two Leonberger breeders began a club committed to saving the Leonberger. The breeding program was taken over by the German government during the war and slowly began regaining numbers.

The breed is now growing in popularity in the United States and the United Kennel Club recognized the Leonberger in 1991.

The Leonberger is in the company of the Newfoundland, St. Bernard, and Great Pyrenees in the Working Class dog breed group.

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The Extras

Leonbergers do shed quite a bit. It's definitely a factor to considering before welcoming this kind-hearted breed into your home. They need to be regularly brushed. Though, on the plus side, they do not drool.

The Leonberger also needs a lot of play time with their owners. They work well with other pets and children when properly trained and socialized. The Leonberger is a great family dog.

The Leonberger is a sensitive breed. They vibe off of your vibes and will become visibly upset when their family argues or otherwise expresses anger or sadness. They are a wonderful companion and will be your best friend.

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If you're interested in rescuing one of these dogs with a big heart (and a big body!) head over to the Leonberger Club of America.