Home > Pet Guide > Dogs > Leonberger



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.

Leonberger Club of America   


Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Leonberger



NAIA - National Animal Interest Alliance Discover Animals is a web-based educational resource offered by the NAIA
To learn more about the NAIA or about other NAIA programs, visit us at www.NAIAOnline.org
if you would like to help, join or support the NAIA or any of its programs please click here >>