In the 1830s, Heinrich Essig, a dog breeder and seller and mayor of the town of Leonberg near Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, claimed to have created the Leonberger by crossing a female Landseer Newfoundland with a "barry" male from the Great St Bernard Hospice and Monastery (which would later create the Saint Bernard).
Care and Health
Leonbergers are strong, generally healthy dogs. Grooming the Leonberger's coat is time consuming but extremely important to keep up with; tangles can quickly form in the dense coat and, before you know it, they can become mats that are painful to your Leo and must be shaved off. Leos should be brushed VERY thoroughly at least once per week; you may need a slicker brush, undercoat rake, wide tooth comb, mat comb and some shears.
The breed has been featured on stamps from many countries
Watchdog, farm dog,
self-assured, insensitive to noise, submissive, robust, loyal, intelligent, playful, and kind.
Size xlarge, medium Fur,