Working Group – AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS)

Photos courtesy of  Bellawoods Leonbergers

Leonbergers are a high-energy, large breed dog that does well in obedience, agility, rescue work and as therapy dogs.  Their desire is to be a part of your family.  They instinctively like children and can get along with other family pets.  Caution should be shown when the dog is around children because of its size and the exuberance of both the dog and the children.  This is not a “leave it in the backyard” breed (actually, no breed is).  Early and continuing socialization is necessary to keep your Leonberger in the right frame of mind.  Train it as a puppy to prevent shyness and fearfulness by exposing it to noise, traffic, crowds, other types of animals, etc.   They need to be socialized in the home and away from the home.  An out of control 150 pound plus dog will soon become unwelcome; even in their owner’s home. The Leonberger can be destructive if left to its own devices, and should be given companionship toys that the dog and the family can enjoy (balls, kongs, frisbees, etc.).  Combine training with playing.  The breed will also enjoy family walks and swimming.  Prepare an area in your yard where the dog can dig, and then make sure there is no water nearby.  Dirt and water are two of its favorite things, and they may not be yours.  It’s a heavy shedder.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
The height and weight are given from the lowest for a female to the highest for a male.
Gentle Giant (properly trained)
Soft to coarse medium length Brush weekly Training!!  Socialization!!!

Relevant Web Sites


AKC Breed Profile

Leonberger Club of America

Leonberger Club of the United States

Leonberger Links


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