AKC PuppyFinder: Leonberger Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Bright, patient, loving, and family oriented
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Rambunctious when pups, adult Leos enjoy long walks and activities like swimming and cart pulling
  • Good with Children: Yes, with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Height: 28-31.5 inches (male), 25.5-29.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 110-170 pounds (male), 90-140 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 7-10 years
Breed Description
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Don't let his size and lion-like looks fool you; the Leonberger is a big bundle of love. Bred as farm dogs and family companions, Leonbergers are eager to please and, with their love of children, are wonderful family dogs. Because they respond so well to training, they also make excellent therapy dogs. Leonberger puppies grow up to be surprisingly graceful adult dogs, who will appreciate moderate exercise and some regular training. They are shedders, so you'll want to brush that double coat regularly.

History & Job
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Origin: Germany

Year Recognized: 2010

Breed History & Job Description: Unique among the big bruisers of the AKC Working Group, Leos were developed first and foremost as companions. The breed was the brainchild of Heinrich Essig, a mid-19th-century politician and entrepreneur of Leonberg, Germany. Utilizing Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands, among other large working breeds, Essig’s goal was to create a majestic pet for European royalty—truly a dog fit for a king. His clients included Napoleon III, Russia’s Tsar Alexander II, and the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII).

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Leonbergers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Leonbergers are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Required Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Exam
  • LPN1 DNA Test
  • LPN2 DNA Test


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Thyroid Evaluation
  • Cardiac Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Leo Resuce PALS
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: -
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 866-757-7257
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: https://lrpals.org


Click here to see all Leonberger Rescue Groups.

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