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Understanding and Training a Leonberger


A noble, gentle giant that is easy-going and friendly. Although rather quiet inside the home, the Leonberger becomes quite enthusiastic and energetic out of doors, therefore requiring an experienced, strong and equally capable handler to safely manage.

A very willing dog, the Leonberger responds well to firm training. It is important to establish strong leadership and consider incorporating working duties (i.e. pulling, tracking & swimming) into training sessions as both powerful rewards and behaviour shaping exercises.

Slow to mature, this breed becomes more discriminating as it matures. In additional to socialising early, it is necessary to continue socialising regularly into adulthood to nurture its friendly, socialable side.

In general, the Leonberger shares many of the best breed characteristics from its kin, the St. Bernard, Great Pyrenees and Newfoundland, et. al. An all-around friendly, self-assured and amenable dog, a well led and well exercised Leonberger makes a playful, friendly, yet protective companion.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Leonberger

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 75 - 110 lbs (34 - 50 kg); 65 - 80 cm
  • General Temperament: Intelligent, Self-assured & Friendly
  • General Description: Possessing the best characteristics of the many breeds that created this now popular companion, the Leonberger loves to work, protect and be amenable.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience   x      
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required   x      
Activity Indoors       x  
Ease of Training     x    
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements     x    


Brief History

The Leonberger shares bloodlines with the St. Bernard, Great Pyrenees, Great Swiss Mountain Dog and Newfoundland. It was developed in the mid 1800's in Germany by the Mayor of Leonberg, who set out to create a breed of dog that resembled the lion on the city's official crest. The breed quickly became popular with the wealthy and remains today as an energetic working companion.


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