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The giant-sized Leonberger breed of dog is a mix of Newfoundland, long-haired St. Bernard and Great Pyrenees, although they are purebred dogs, you can find them in the care of shelters and rescues. Remember to adopt. They need plenty of exercise, attention and space, but with the right parents, they can be a friend like no other. With their lion-like appearance and deep bark, they are an intimidating watchdog.
Originally from Germany, where it was created through crosses between Newfoundlands, long-haired St. Bernards and some Great Pyrenees, this giant breed requires a commitment to training and a high tolerance for mischief and messiness. He looks gorgeous in the show ring, but his natural state is more akin to wet and muddy than leonine elegance. This, along with the long coat and abundant shedding, makes him a poor choice for lovers of cleanliness. Early and extensive socialization and training with lots of positive reinforcement and consistent expectations will make him a family friend like no other, but without them he is mischievous and destructive.The Leo’s high energy levels and intelligence make him a super competitor in agility and obedience trials, and he is also found doing therapy visits and water rescue work. Leos like to live in a herd of their own kind, but they also get along well with other animals, including cats and horses. Because of their large size, they should never be left alone with small children. They are a sensitive dog that does not like family arguments. The Leo loves to be with his people and will not like to spend all his time alone in the yard. Consider the Leo’s size before taking him home; this breed needs a family with a yard and an SUV, not a studio apartment and a Miata. The coat sheds heavily twice a year and moderately the rest of the time. On the plus side, his deep bark and enormous size are more than enough to scare off any halfway intelligent intruder.
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