These big teddy bears are the perfect companions for an active family (with an SUV!). Read on to find out if they’re the perfect match for you.

These dogs are a mix of Newfoundland, longhaired Saint Bernard and Great Pyrenees — and at nearly three feet tall from paw to ear, the term “gentle giant” has never been more apt. Bright, patient and loving, “Leos” are family oriented dogs who are right at home playing and romping with their families.

Leonberger dogs are vigilant and quietly confident at all times, and for a dog the size of a small horse, they’re surprisingly light on their feet — you’d be amazed at how they excel at agility courses! With a family that can put this breed to work, Leos are the perfect companions to fill a home with lots of love.

Why We Love the Leonberger Breed

  • These pups are incredibly friendly! Leos love their families above all others, but they’re sweet to other dogs and strangers as well (particularly if you socialize your Leonberger puppy at a young age).
  • The Leonberger breed’s high energy levels and intelligence make these dogs first place agility and obedience competition winners.
  • Thanks to their friendly and calm dispositions, the Leo is known to be a great therapy dog! 

Things to Consider

  • These beautiful dogs aren’t as pretty in real life as they are in the show ring. That long, gorgeous coat picks up dirt and debris easily, and is prone to shedding. This breed may not be the best for neat freaks.
  • The Leo is a big guy — he’ll need a family with a yard and an SUV to tote him around, rather than a condo and a Mini Cooper.
  • Leonbergers respond well to training, especially if you’re positive and consistent, but without a proper teacher they’re prone to mischief and mayhem.

Why Rescue? 

Unfortunately, not all breeders can be trusted to ensure the genetic health of their litters. And when irresponsible breeding practices take place, these gentle creatures end up suffering the consequences in the form of exacerbated health issues. While the Leo is typically a healthy breed, Leonbergers can have problems with hip dysplasia and eye disease if breeders aren’t careful.

If you want to bring one of these loveable giants into your life, check a local shelter or rescue group for a pup to call your own, rather than shopping around and taking a chance on a potentially irresponsible breeder.

Leonberger Rescues

These big dogs love having a family to call their own. Whether you’re looking for a fluffy Leonberger puppy or a giant cuddle buddy, there are plenty of rescues in need of forever homes. Here are just a few:

Gentle, playful & friendly
Avg. Weight
120 - 170 lbs
Weekly brushing required
Avg. Life Span
10 - 12 Years
Leonbergers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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