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Leonberger Dog Breed Price Range In Ontario Canada

Updated on February 16, 2017
Leonberger Diglow's Moyra Lass of Usquebaugh
Leonberger Diglow's Moyra Lass of Usquebaugh | Source

History of the Leonberger

The Leonberger is a breed that goes back to the middle 1800’s when Heinrich Essig a city councilor in Leonberg Germany wanted a dog resembling a lion. He crossed a Saint Bernard with a Newfoundland Landseer then later introduced into the breeding a Great Pyrenean Mountain Dog.

The Leonberger emerged with the qualities of the 3 breeds that it came from, which are as follows; tracking, strength and loyalty from the Saint Bernard, swimming from the Newfoundland dog and the hearing and sight from the Great Pyrenean.

 Leonberger, Kopf Aufgenommen 2004 bei einer Hundeausstellung in Dresden
Leonberger, Kopf Aufgenommen 2004 bei einer Hundeausstellung in Dresden | Source


Often referred to as Leos, this beautiful breed is a very large dog. The females stand 26 – 29 inches and weigh over 100 pounds. Males are 28 – 31 inches and weigh 140 pounds. These are average measurement and weights. The male can hit over 180 pounds. Males will have a thick mane making it look lion-like. The double coats on these dogs are waterproof and their feet are webbed in between the toes making swimming for this giant breed easy. This breed makes an excellent water rescue dog and is used quite extensively by German and Italian Search and Rescue teams. They love to work and because they are very agile running is no problem for this breed. For a family dog they are great companions, wonderful with children and get along well with other pets.


This breed is friendly, loving, devoted, protective and even-tempered. They adapt quite well to noise where some other breeds would find this stressful.

Intelligence, how long the Leonberger will live, grooming, and breeder prices

The Leonberger is a highly intelligent breed and can be trained to do draft work, carting, diving, tracking, herding, therapy work and more.

Life expectancy of this breed is 8 –10 years but can live longer.

They do not drool as they have tight flews.

Grooming should be done at minimum of once per week as with their thick undercoat the fur is prone to matt and knot.

The price that one can expect to pay for this breed of dog will vary depending on the breeder however price range is anywhere from $1600.00 U.S. dollars and up.


Adorable Leonberger Puppies

I worked for a woman in Ontario at Orovale Kennels that is a Leonberger breeder and a Newfoundland dog breeder. Her dogs are gorgeous and she has had and still shows Champions in both breeds. In my opinion these dogs are wonderful!

The pictures to the right are some shots of part of a litter of Leonbergers and a litter of Newfoundland dogs that I shot while working at Orovale Kennels.


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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      duffsmom, They are such a beautiful breed. Glad you liked the article and thank you.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      We have a Leonberger, Alex who is a wonderful member of our family. Loved the hub--it's hard to find articles about this breed. Well done!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nettlemere, Nice to meet you. The Leonberger is a beautiful dog.

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Interesting to read about the history of the breed - which I had no idea about. I liked your photos too.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sally's Trove, Glad you liked the video.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      The video was very neat to watch. Beautiful, happy dogs!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Suhail, The Kuvasz is such a gorgeous breed. I have 2 Newfoundland dogs myself. Glad you liked this hub, and nice to meet you.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I thought I had a giant dog breed (Kuvasz). When I looked at 4 Leonberger puppies of 11 months, I was utterly astonished at their massive sizes and gentleness. Nice hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much everyone. They are wonderful dogs.

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Wow Great Niche Hub! I love the Leonberger dog breed.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Lovely dogs! Good hub!

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      Susan Kaul 6 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      What a gorgeous animal. Just wonderful to learn about.