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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Lovely, Large, Leonberger.



http://www.akc.org/breeds/leonberger/photos.cfm

Well, it would appear that my resolve to post weekly has come to naught. My fingers are working well enough tonight though to allow for a post I've been thinking about for a while on a noble breed, the Leonberger.

It will not come as a surprise to anyone to  read that the Leonberger originated in Leonberg (Germany). This giant breed was multipurpose: able to pull a cart, work on the farm, and live with the family.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonberger

There can be a real range in size among members of the breed: weight from a small of about 100 pounds (45 kg) to a large of 170+ (77kg); height ranges from about 25 - 36 inches (63.5 - 91.4 cm).  Obviously, even a "small" Leonberger is a dog with stature and presence.
http://www.leonberger-leoranch.de/leonberger-kosten.htm








While their size may be intimidating, this is actually a friendly breed with moderate exercise needs. Very large dogs often do not require as much exercise as smaller, active breeds and while they like some room to stretch out, a Leon can adapt to a thorough walk a day; one doesn't need a farm to keep a Leon.




http://yumingsu.com/tag/cute-leonberger/page/2/


What they do need is human companionship. This is a breed that was developed to be around people and they prefer to be where their people are. It is this personality trait, as much as their size, which keeps them from being well suited to small spaces. It isn't easy having a 150 pound shadow in a cramped walk-up flat. Plus, there's a limit to how often that frame can go up and down stairs before damage to joints begins.




http://www.pinterest.com/maryaunapb2010/leonberger-i-want/









Joint problems and the strain that a massive body puts on organs limits the lifespan of giant breed dogs and the lovable Leons are no exception. A life of 8 - 10 years is common. The amount of affection and happiness they will squeeze into those years though, make them very worthy companions.


14 comments:

  1. they are such beautiful dogs and years ago I wanted one the short life span gets to me and the size though is just too much. Now Im thinking the Chihuahua in the last picture is more me but I still love these dogs

    I hope you are feeling well
    retro rover

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    1. I too have a soft spot for this breed - and yet, it is the Chihuahua I ended up living with.
      Have to admit though, the Chi's cuddles have been much appreciated lately; he helps me get through some of the tougher moments and that is welcome :-)

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    1. Everyone has their own beauty, right? :-)

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  3. I love these dogs, especially the dry mouth...unlike the Newfies, these dogs don't drool! They are such loveable goofballs!

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    1. I did forget to mention that advantage - a giant breed that is drool-less!

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  4. I have only met 2 Leonbergers, (they were in the same family), both were super gentle, well trained and gorgeous!

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    1. Yes, this is a dog one isn't likely to find in every dog park :-)

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  5. Could use as an extra blanket on the bed!

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    1. Yes - a very thick, very substantial blanket!

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  6. I've met quite a few Leonbergers. They've all been fun and friendly. They are about the same size as I am.

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    1. What an incredibly good looking duo you must make standing next to a Leonberger Clowie! I'm not surprised that they are more common near you than here in the States. Our loss :-/

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  7. I've only met one of these wonderful dogs in person. My loss :-)

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