|Barked: Tue Mar 11, '14 9:07am PST |
|Leonbergers are absolutely amazing dogs but they are definitely not for everyone.
Do they shed? All the time. Grooming requirements? Continual. They do not have that distinct double coat like a Newfie. Most love water and require thorough drying after their frequent (and often unplanned) swims.
How are they with strangers? Depends on how well the owners socialize them. But characteristically, they can range from being highly social and outgoing to polite and aloof.
Guardian qualities? Depends on the line and the socialization. Most are not frequent barkers. One of the first leonberger specialties I attended was incredibly devoid of barking despite having so many large dogs together in one space.
Training? They are versatile, highly intelligent, independent thinkers. Remember that they have Pyrenean Mastiff and Great Pyrenees in their background. Meaning that their "nearby" may be further than most are accustom to. And their willingness, interest, and drive to "work" or respond immediately for your command may not be razor sharp. This attribute is very dependent on the dog's line.
Prey drive? Also lineage dependent. Sheep (and child) Herding is an ability that many are skillful at. Others could not care less and have zero prey drive.
To learn more, join the online Leo community (leolist) or attend a leonberger specialty.
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