About the Breed

Leonbergers are wonderful companions. These dogs are not the kind of dogs that you can just leave in your backyard. They love being a part of a family. Owners need to be prepared to share their lives and their homes with their Leonberger. If they only receive occasional human contact and are relegated to the backyard, they can become very destructive dogs. This dog has very attentive owners, but was left in the bathroom. If you want to own a Leo, you have to be committed to socializing and training your dog. A well trained dog that does well in any situation takes time and commitment. You have to be willing to expose your dog to many different people and safe places, particularly in the first two years. To receive one of our pups, you also have to be willing to go to group obedience classes. This is one of the items included in our contract. If you like having a house that looks perfect, this is not the dog for you. These dogs shed continually. They need to be brushed regularly, but even with this, there will still be shedding around the house. Twice a year they will blow their coats and then there will be fur flying everywhere. Leos don't drool, but they often splash the water in their water bowl or come to love on you after they drank and have water on their muzzles.  These are very large dogs and the price involved in caring for them can be large too. They eat more and costs for regular care, such as heartworm preventative and flea and tick preventative, are higher too. These costs should be considered when purchasing one. Leonbergers do not live as long as the smaller dogs. Generally, they live from 7-10 years, although some will live as long as 12 years. If you are looking for a breed that has a longer life span, this is not the one for you. Purchasing a Leonberger should not be a spur of the moment decision. It is a big commitment that needs to be thought through. Your needs, wants and lifestyle have to be considered, as well as the dogs. These dogs are not for everyone.

Leonbergers are very large dogs with double coats. Some have thicker coats than others, but they all shed. Brushing once a week is necessary. Usually twice a year Leos will have a massive shedding. During these times, it's a good idea to brush often. Behind the ears, the pants and tail are areas that mat more easily than others. Baths are only needed occasionally. Nails need to be trimmed regularly. If you get them used to this early, it won't be a difficult chore. Just take a little bit off at a time. The feet should be neatened up periodically with the fur between the pads trimmed. The trimming will make it easier for them to avoid slipping. It's a good idea to check their ears regularly, especially if you are in a humid environment. Excessive wax or periodic infections can happen in Leos. Regular cleaning of the ears is a good idea for some Leos, although not all Leos need this. Exercise is key for a Leonberger. When they are young, they can have a lot of excess energy that will become destructive if they aren't going on walks and playing. A fenced yard is necessary for this breed. Although walks are great, an area that is big enough for them to run is very important. They need regular exercise to stay fit and happy. Socialization is another important component necessary for a happy, well adjusted dog. People want a dog that they can take anywhere. The way to achieve that is by continually exposing the dog to new people and new environments. This is especially important in the first two years. Introducing a Leo to new experiences will help create a confident dog. Obedience is essential for Leonbergers. These dogs are a guarding breed and can be stubborn, so it is important for them to understand who is the leader and what you expect from them. Obedience classes are a requirement for our owners and puppies. These classes are also great opportunities for socialization with people and other dogs. Raising a well behaved, confident Leonberger takes dedication, patience and love, but it is well worth it!