The Leonberger was developed in 19th-century Germany as a companion pet. Specifically, Heinrich Essig tried to make his breed resemble the lion in Leonberg's coat of arms. In addition to this distinguished appearance, the Leonberger enjoys a genial personality & is happy with other dogs and with strangers. World War II almost destroyed the breed but it has now gained a good foothold both in Germany and abroad. The smooth, dense coat provides good cold protection.
Calm, gentle and sweet, the Leonberger excels as a multi-purpose working dog, but its most important task is being a reliable family companion. They are friendly dogs that are willing to please, making them excellent therapy dogs. Despite the breed’s lion-like looks and large size, the Leonberger is actually quite light on its feet and graceful in motion. They can be red, reddish brown, sandy, or yellow brown and always has a black mask.