The Leonberger is one of the largest dog breeds out there, with some males reaching up to an enormous 75kg. Don’t let their imposing size fool you however, these dogs are extremely affectionate and loyal to their family. Originating from the city of Leonberg in Germany, legend has it that these dogs were bred specifically to be lion-like in appearance, as to mimic the local crest. Their wondrous size and yellow coat could definitely be considered lion-like, however the same cannot be said about their temperament. Leonbergers are big, friendly giants, who with disciplined training throughout their development will grow to become a loving member of the family.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Due to their immense size, it is of no surprise that Leonbergers require at least one hour of exercise daily to stay in good physical and mental health. Failure to provide such exercise can lead to these dogs becoming bored and expending their energy in a more destructive fashion. As such, only people with a healthily sized backyard should consider adding a Leonberger to their family. Despite their strong affection and ability to get along with other pets (provided an appropriate amount of familiarisation takes place), it is not recommended that families with young children adopt a Leonberger. Their sheer physical size imposes a risk on such children, and so irrespective of temperament this risk is much too high to bear.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Cardiomyopathy, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat).