Leonberger dog: Leonberger puppies for sale. Large dog who is loving, calm, & a great companion dog. Children friendly pet. Gets along with other dogs! Friendly personality. Makes a good watchdog. A large dog more active than breeds its size.
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If you're looking to buy a dog (or puppy) that will be large in size when it reaches adulthood, there is no other breed that compares to the Leonberger. A dog that simply loves everyone, this is a breed which is exceptionally intelligent, brave and loyal to its family, including children. Even if your children are not always well-behaved (and whose are?), you will find this breed an exceptional choice. Unlike many breeds that may become aggressive when their patience is tried, the Leonberger dog will not--he will simply walk away. This dog is truly a “gentle giant.”
Established in Leonberg, Germany (hence the breed's name) in 1846, the Leonberger's origin lies in the German region of Wurttemberg. Heinrich Essig, a German breeder, developed the Leonberger by crossing the Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland and St. Bernard. Essentially, Essig wanted to create a breed with an appearance that would closely mimic that of a lion. Essig, a successful politician of the 1800s with a knack for public relations and marketing, was known for his exploits as an animal trader and his ability to market dogs. His abilities for the details of dog breeding were lacking, but because of his marketing prowess and what some refer to as "chutzpah," Essig announced in 1846 his creation of Leonberger puppies.
While it is doubtful that Essig followed sound principles in regards to genetics when "creating" the Leonberger dog, his marketing genius made the breed hugely popular, to the chagrin of breeders of Newfoundlands and St. Bernards. However, because of the popularity of the breed, many were loyal to Essig and paid him huge amounts of money for the breed he "created." Those who were considered members of Royalty had Leonbergers as pets, some of which included the Prince of Wales, Garibaldi, King Umberto of Italy, and Emperor Napoleon II.
After Essig's death in 1889, the breed almost became extinct around the period of World War I—like many purebred dogs--but through the determination of Otto Josenhans and Karl Stadelmann, two men who were dedicated to saving the breed, it remains today.
Often referred to as a "mountain dog," the Leonberger is a huge dog that, while elegant in appearance, is muscular with a lush and generous double coat. This breed offers a dramatic presence, with a head that is held proudly as he or she displays a striking black mask on the facial area. As adults, the Leonberger will weigh between 100 and 170 pounds depending on whether the dog is male or female. On average, this breed ranges from 25.5 to 31.5 inches high.
The color of the coat varies and may include red, red-brown, lion yellow and sand tones. Many Leonberger dog coats are highlighted with black tips; this makes the dog stand out, while the black never overpowers the overall color of the dog. A pronounced mane is found on a mature, masculine Leonberger dog which gives him an appearance similar to that of a lion. In the female of the breed, this lion-like mane is less pronounced.
TheLeonberger dog is a loving, calm, and affectionate canine companion, ideal for families with children (in essence a great children-friendly pet) or without children. In most cases, the breed gets along famously with other dogs, and his friendly personality makes him a great choice in pets. As mentioned above, the Leonberger will not become aggressive when surroundings become tense or stressful, as when small children are lively or engage in a bit of rough play. Properly trained, this breed makes a good watchdog; he or she will respond extremely well to socialization and obedience training. Even considering this breed's huge size, he is well-coordinated and more active than other breeds in this size range.
Because Leonbergers are such large dogs, apartment living is not really suitable for them. They may start off as Leonberger puppies in an apartment, but as they grow they will need more room. Those with a large fenced-in yard or who live in a rural area will find this breed an ideal pet, as they enjoy plenty of room to roam. In cooler climates, the Leonbergercan live outdoors or inside, but be sure to keep in mind the most important factor is that your pet will want most to be wherever you are.
Most giant breeds of dogs are prone to hip dysplasia, and this breed is no exception. Other possible health conditions include skeletal diseases or disorders, bone disease and defects in the eyelids. The breed may inherit heart problems or ILPN (Inherited Leonberger Paralysis/Polyneuropathy), allergies, cataracts, or digestive disorders, although these are rare. Overall, the Leonberger dog is a healthy, strong breed with few health concerns.
Because of the thick coat, it is necessary to brush your pet on a weekly basis. In weather conditions that are wet or humid, check your pet's coat regularly for hot spots, which will need to be treated. De-matting the coat also helps to avoid hot spots. During the heaviest shedding seasons, brush or comb your pet daily. Legs, tail and the area behind the ears should also be checked for matting. Regular cleaning of ears and teeth will help keep your pet free from infections.