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When developing the Leonberger, it’s believed the breeder’s aim was to create a dog resembling the lion on Leonberg’s coat of arms.

About the Leonberger

Despite their imposing size, Leonbergers are gentle, loving dogs who make excellent family companions. They are friendly with children and patient with other animals in the home.

The Leonberger is intelligent, resilient and observant, making natural watchdogs who are quick to identify strangers and will alert their owners of anything unusual.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 2, AKC Working Group
Size category
Very large
Avg life expectancy
8–9 years

Even-tempered / Friendly / Confident / Playful / Intelligent

Key facts

  • Makes a great family dog
  • Requires outdoor space
  • Requires moderate grooming

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