Leonberger – Is This Gentle Giant The Right Dog For You?
The Leonberger dog breed originated from Russia. They are gentle giants that have been bred for their loyalty and affection towards humans. Their natural disposition is to be loyal, but they do not need much training to become obedient. These dogs are very popular with families because of their loveable nature and friendly demeanor.
Their appearance is quite similar to the bulldog, but they have shorter legs and a smaller head. They weigh between 40-50 pounds (18-24 kg).
They come in many colors including black, brown, chocolate, cinnamon, fawn and golden. Some Leonbergers even look like miniature poodles!
They are one of the most popular breeds among pet owners due to their gentle nature and devotion to humans. They make excellent family pets, especially if they get along well with children.
However, these dogs tend to be shy around strangers or other animals.
In addition to being loyal companions, Leonbergers are also known for their intelligence and love of games. They enjoy fetching objects such as bones and nuts.
If given enough time and attention, they will learn tricks too!
The average litter size for a Leonberger is 3-6 puppies. The average life expectancy is about 7-9 years.
However, some have been known to live up to 16 years!
Due to their large size, they need ample space to move about and run around. A fenced-in yard would be perfect.
They usually get along well with children and other animals if they are socialized properly. It is also a good idea to train them when they are young so that they do not get too dominant or protective when they are older.
Due to their large size, they require lots of food and grooming. It would be a good idea to keep them clipped to avoid mats in their fur.
The Leonberger dog breed is an excellent family pet! They are loyal and loving to everyone in the family.
They also get along well with children and other pets if they are socialized properly. Be sure give them the attention and exercise that they need, especially when they are puppies!
New Questions About Caring for a Leonberger Dog
What is the average size of a fully-grown male leonberger?
Most full-grown male leonbergers are going to be between 40 and 50 pounds (18-23 kgs) give or take a few pounds.
Do leonbergers get along with other animals?
They do not usually get along with other animals. In fact, they see other animals as a threat to their owners and tend to be very aggressive towards them. Even other dogs, in most cases, should not be trusted around leonbergers.
Do leonbergers like toys?
They do like toys, but only certain ones. They usually like to play catch and fetch and other games that involve them “hunting” their prey. They also like stuffed animals of any kind. It is important not to leave a stuffed animal with your leonberger unattended as they have been known to tear those apart, which can be dangerous to their health (and yours when they bring pieces of toy back to you).
Sources & references used in this article:
The giant book of dog names by LB Morrow – 2012 – books.google.com
Man meets dog by K Lorenz – 2002 – books.google.com
Rottweilers for Dummies by RG Beauchamp – 2011 – books.google.com