The Leonberger was developed during the 1880s in Leonberg, Germany as family companion, farm worker, and draft dog. In addition to their more functional attributes, artists have taken notice of their rugged beauty, employing them as canine models and immortalizing them on the postage stamps of several European countries. The Leonberger almost went extinct after WW1 but was salvaged from a small number of dogs by two men determined to keep the breed alive. They are most valued today as a steadfast, affectionate family companion and their sensitive, calm character makes them excellent therapy dogs as well. Their eye-catching, profuse coat sheds amply so frequent brushing is a must to keep them looking and feeling their best.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.