The Leonberger originated from Leonberg, Germany in the 1800s as a farm, draft and family dog. He was often used as a model for German artists and also on stamps of some European countries. He almost became extinct after WWI but was recreated from a few other dogs.
He’s a gentle, calm dog who’s willing to please and is ideal as a therapy dog. Even though he’s a big dog, he’s graceful and light on his feet. He can have a sandy, red, brown or yellow-brown coat colour and he always “wears” a black mask. He loves children and, with consistent training, makes a great pet. His profuse coat sheds heavily so it needs to be brushed every day. He needs a moderate amount of exercise. His height is 25.5 – 31.5 inches.