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The Leonberger received its name from its place of origin, Leonberg, Germany in the 1800s. It was originally created by Heinrich Essig. This breed almost became extinct after World War II, but two men were determined to keep it going and basically recreated the breed from a small number of dogs, including the Saint Bernard.

A calm, gentle and sweet breed, the Leonberger also is a multi-purpose working dog. It's best and most-important task is as a reliable family companion. They are highly willing to please, which would make the Leonberger an excellent therapy dog as well as a pet for children.

The lion-like look of the Leonberger, which can be red, reddish brown, sandy or yellowish brown in color, could have a black mask. Due to webbed feet, the Leonbergers are excellent swimmers and perfect as rescue dogs. At the start of the 20th Century, Leonbergers were imported by the Canadian government for use as water rescue and lifesaving dogs.

The Leos are powerfully built at 100-135 pounds for females and 120-170 pounds for males. The "Gentle Lion,'' unfortunately, has a median age of just seven years. Hip dysplasia also can devastate the breed. With a long, water resistant double coat, the Leonberger has short, fine hair on its muzzle and front of its legs. The outer coat is medium-soft to coarse and lies flat. But mature males have a lion-like mane that extends over the neck and chest. The undercoat, however, is soft and dense.

Even though it nearly went extinct after World War II, the Leonberger steadily bounced back and was back in the spotlight in 1997 when three Leos appeared in the starring role of "Buck'' in the film "The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon.''

Among the world's largest breeds, the Leonberger needs early social training to diminish the work needed for further training in them as adults. They require gentle training as opposed to a more-disciplined style. They can be timid unless threatened.

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The Leonberger received its name from its place of origin, Leonberg, Germany in the 1800s. It was originally created by Heinrich Essig. This breed almost became extinct after World War II, but two men were determined to keep it going and basically recreated the breed from a small number of dogs,...

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