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General Description

Leonbergers have a medium to long, water-resistant, double coat on the body and short fine hair on the muzzle and front of limbs. The outer coat is medium-soft to coarse and lies flat. It is straight, with some generalized wave permitted. Mature males carry a mane, which extends over neck and chest.

General Health

Leonbergers have a number of health conditions that can be a concern, especially if you aren't cautious about whom you buy from. They include orthopaedic problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans and panosteitis. Eye diseases, including cataracts, entropion, and ectropion are a concern.

Hereditary Illnesses

Though not common, Leonbergers do inherit and/or develop a number of diseases that range in their impact from mild to devastating. In addition to hip dysplasia, Leonbergers can inherit and/or develop heart problems, inherited Leonberger paralysis/polyneuropathy, osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, osteochondrosis dissecans, allergies, digestive disorders, cataracts, entropion/ectropion eyelids, progressive retinal atrophy, perianal fistulas, and thyroid disorders

Character and Temperament

 Leonbergers are calm and quiet dogs, but they are not lethargic.


No special requirements


They are active dogs outside and require more exercise than just a walk


These dogs require brushing and combing two times a week. They do not require trimming. They do not drool.


The Leonberger is a giant dog breed, whose name derives from the city of Leonberg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. According to legend, the Leonberger was ostensibly bred as a "symbolic dog" that would mimic the lion in the town coat of arms.


Average Dog Size


Average Dog Weight

48-75 kg

Average Bitch Size


Average Bitch Weight

41-59 kg

Average Litter Size


Average Life Expectancy


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