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FCI-Standard N°145 / 20. 09. 2002 / GB
Original Source: www.fci.be
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Lejonwalds Woss Löwe v. Lejonhuvfud
For me this picture represents best the leonberger. Mador's grandfather Lejonwalds Woss Löwe v. Lejonhuvfud

TRANSLATION : Mrs. C. Seidler, revised by Mrs E.Peper

ORIGIN : Germany.


UTILIZATION : Watch, Companion and Family Dog.

Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer, Molossoid breeds, Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds.
Section 2.2 Molossoid breeds, Mountain type.
Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : At the end of the thirties, beginning of the forties of the 19th century, Heinrich Essig, town Councillor in Leonberg near Stuttgart, crossed a black and white Newfoundland bitch with a so-called "Barry" male from the monastery hospice Grand St.Bernhard. Later a Pyrenean Mountain Dog was added. This resulted in very large dogs with predominantly long, white coats. Essig's aim was for a lion-like dog. The lion is the heraldic animal of the city of Leonberg.
The first dogs really called "Leonbergers" were born in 1846. They combined the excellent qualities of the breeds from which they stemmed.
Only a short time later, many of these dogs were sold as status symbols from Leonberg all over the world. At the end of the 19th century, the Leonberger was kept in Baden-Württemberg as the preferred farm dog. His watch and draft abilities were much praised.
In both World Wars and the needy post war times, the numbers of breeding stock reduced dramatically. Today the Leonberger is an excellent family dog which fulfills all the demands of modern life.

Heinrich Essig

GENERAL APPEARANCE : According to his original purpose, the Leonberger is a large, strong, muscular yet elegant dog. He is distinguished by his balanced build and confident calmness, yet with quite lively temperament. Males, in particular, are powerful and strong.




IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS : Height at the withers to length of body : 9 to 10. The depth of chest is nearly 50% of the height at withers.

Important proportions (Frida Vom Matthiasberg) Urka de la Ferme Toijol
Frida Vom Matthiasberg and Urka de la Ferme Toijol

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : As a family dog, the Leonberger is an agreeable partner for present day dwelling and living conditions, who can be taken anywhere without difficulty and is distinguished by his marked friendliness towards children. He is neither shy nor aggressive. As a companion, he is agreeable, obedient and fearless in all situations of life.

Ördöghegyi-Sphinx Bonanza "Rufus" with Mészáros Lajos Fülöp
Ördöghegyi-Sphinx Bonanza "Rufus" with Mészáros Lajos Fülöp

The following are particular requirements of steady temperament :

  • Self assurance and superior composure.
  • Medium temperament (including playfulness).
  • Willing to be submissive.
  • Good capacity for learning and remembering.
  • Insensitive to noise.

Playfulness - "F" litter Vom Matthiasberg
Playfulness - The "F" litter Vom Matthiasberg

HEAD : On the whole deeper than broad and elongated rather than stocky. Proportion of length of muzzle to length of skull: about 1 to 1. Skin close fitting all over, no wrinkles.

Skull : In profile and seen from the front, slightly arched. In balance with body and limbs, it is strong but not heavy. The skull at its back part is not substantially broader than near the eyes.
Stop : Clearly recognisable but moderately defined.

Nose : Black.
Muzzle : Rather long, never running to a point; nasal bridge of even breadth, never dipped, rather slightly arched (roman nose).
Lips : Close fitting, black, corners of lips closed.
Jaws/Teeth : Strong jaws with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth without any gap, and teeth set square to the jaw with 42 sound teeth according to the dentition formula (missing M3 tolerated). Pincer bite is accepted; no constriction at the canines in the lower jaw.



Cheeks : Only slightly developed.
Eyes : Light brown to as dark brown as possible, medium size, oval, neither deep set, nor protruding, neither too close together nor too wide apart. Eyelids close fitting, not showing any conjunctiva. The white of the eye (the visible part of the sclera) not reddened.
Ears : Set on high and not far back, pendant, of medium size, hanging close to the head, fleshy.

NECK : Running in a slight curve without break to the withers. Somewhat long rather than stocky, without throatiness or dewlap.

Withers : Pronounced, specially in males.
Back : Firm, straight, broad.
Loins : Broad, strong, well muscled.
Croup : Broad, relatively long, gently rounded, flowing to merge with tail set on; never overbuilt.
Chest : Broad, deep, reaching at least to the level of the elbows. Not too barrel shaped, more oval.
Underline and belly : Only slightly tucked up.

TAIL : Very well furnished; while standing, it hangs down straight; also in movement it is only slightly curved and if at all possible should not be carried above the prolongation of the topline.

LIMBS : Very strong, specially in males.

FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight, parallel and not too close.
Shoulders / Upper arm : Long, sloping, forming a not too blunt angle, well muscled.
Elbows : Close to the body.
Pastern : Strong, firm; seen from the front, straight; almost vertical, seen from the side.
Forefeet : Straight (turning neither in nor out), rounded, tight, toes well arched; black pads.

HINDQUARTERS : Seen from the rear, position of the hind legs not too close, parallel. Hocks and feet : turned neither in nor out.
Pelvis : Slanting.
Upper thigh : Rather long, slanting, strongly muscled. Upper and lower thigh form a distinct angle.
Hocks : Strong, distinct angle between lower thigh and rear pastern.
Hind feet : Standing straight, only slightly longish. Toes arched, pads black.

Legs and positions

GAIT / MOVEMENT : Ground covering even movement in all gaits. Extending well in front with good drive from the hindquarters. Seen from front and behind the limbs move in a straight line when walking or trotting.


HAIR : Medium soft to coarse, profusely long, close fitting, never parted, with the shape of the whole body be visible despite the thick undercoat. Straight, slight wave still permitted; forming a mane on neck and chest, specially in males; distinct feathering on front legs and ample breeches on hind legs.

COLOUR : Lion yellow, red, reddish brown, also sandy (pale yellow, cream coloured) and all combinations in between, always with a black mask. Black hair tips are permitted; however, black must not determine the dog's basic colour.

Lightening up of the basic colour on the underside of the tail, the mane, the feathering on the front legs and the breeches on the hind legs must not be so pronounced as to interfere with the harmony of the main colour. A small white patch or stripe on the chest and white hairs on the toes are tolerated.

Height at the withers :

  • Dogs 72 to 80 cm (recommended average 76 cm).
  • Bitches 65 to 75 cm (recommended average 70 cm).

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.


  • Shy or aggressive dogs.
  • Severe anatomical faults (i.e. pronounced cow hocks, pronounced roach back, bad swayback; front feet turning out extremely. Totally insufficient angulation of shoulder, elbow, stifle or hock joints.
  • Brown nose leather.
  • Very strong lack of pigment in lips.
  • Absence of teeth (with the exception of M3). Over- or undershot or other faults in mouth.
  • Eyes without any brown.
  • Entropion, ectropion.
  • Distinct ring tail or too highly curled up tail.
  • Brown pads.
  • Cords or strong curls.
  • Faulty colours (brown with brown nose and brown pads; black and tan; black; silver; wild-coat colour).
  • Complete lack of mask.
  • Too much white (reaching from toes onto pasterns), white on chest larger than palm of hand, white in other places).

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


What a leonberger is good for?

Nowadays, leonbergers primarily are family and companion dogs, they live well together with other dogs and other animals.

Leonbergi más kutyával (kaukázusi juhász)
Leonbergi madárral
Leos with cat Maddisson
Leo and minihorse (Fyedka, Paul and Briar)
Leo with rabbit
Leonbergi szamárral
Leonberger with another dog (my beloved caucasian shepherd Alex)
Leonberger with a bird
(source: Nato del Amore,
thank you Simone)
Leonbergers in the lounge with a cat in the middle (Leoburns Kennel (New Zealand), thank you Elsha)
Leonberger and minihorse (Leoburns Kennel (New Zealand), thank you Elsha)
Leonberger and a rabbit (Photo: Groupe Romand du Leonberg (Switzerland)
Leonberger and a donkey
(thank you Carla)
Leonberger and chickens (Photo: Lewenhart kennel (Canada), thank you Naomi)

Despite its size and strength, teaching a leonberger to defense work is not advisable at all. Leonbergers basically are balanced family dogs. Obedience practice (at a basic level) is useful to each dog, to my view, it eases everyday life with the dog and in our modern world it can even save the dog's life (i.e. stop at roads). Tracking can be successful but for this we need an extraordinarily searching dog. Leonbergers are successfully used in search and rescue work.

Mador learning to sit on hand signes

Leonberger lavina mentés közben
Leonberger in avalanche rescue work
(source: The Netherland Leonberger Club
Used with permission.
Leonberger at rescue work with helicopter
Aron Van Het Hof Van Eden "Zac"
Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio www.canisalvataggio.it
(Source: www.leovanhethofvaneden.com)
Used with permission.

Dog shows are nowadays more and more popular where the optical structure, the "beauty" of the dog is compared to the standard describing the "ideal" specimen of the breed. Training a show dog is widely different from training a sport dog. A whole new speciality is ring dressure, posing, showing teeth and at breeds where it is needed, cosmetics and trimming. When showing a leonberger it is usually enough to bath and brush the dog with the right dog shampoo and conditioner since it is a mountain breed. Teaching ring dressure (like every exercise) can be started at the age of a couple of months so the dog would know what we expect in the ring in the extreme circumstances of the show. Handling is very important, many times the jugde's decision is merely based on how one dog shows him/herself at the moment of judgeing. Well prepared dogs are neutral to the dogs and people around, and they pay full attention to the owner/handler at all times, they move together in harmony.

Leonberger at show
Leonbergi at dog show
Mador's grandfather, Yankee de la Ferme Toijol,
breeder and owner: Mme Gisele Goffin (B)
: International Leo Gazette)

Agility is widespread at owners of pure and mixed breeds alike. Spending time together, winning the obstacles together is joyful for the dog and the owner. According to the current Agility regulations there are three size categories (small, medium and large) and training is based on this as well, but there exists "Giant" category (officially not recognized yet) where extremely large dogs can work without risking to overcharge their joints.

Agility with leo
Agility with leonberger (Photo: leonbergerunion.com)

There are some areas though where leonbergers can be especially well used. Even at puppyhood leonbergers are very responsive to water (i.e. playing with garden tap at the age of 3 months), and gradually with love we can train them to apport from water. This is a very good basic for water rescue work and later even participation at examinations and competitions. Today in Hungary there is no practice at all for this despite the large number of dogs who are able to do similar activities (apart from leonbergers i.e. newfoundlands or landseers).

Water rescue
Water rescue with leonberger (Photo: Lelionaz kennel, Sweden)

Water test requirements from the Leonberger Club of Great Britain (UK):

The benefits of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) are well known abroad and even in Hungary there are initiatives and successes. The force tranquil radiating from the leonberger, the balanced, stable nerves and the playfulness make the leonberger an ideal therapy dog. At some places there are well developed conditions to assess the dog's instincts and to participate at programmes (the most common areas are hospitals, elderly homes, autist or mentally/physically challenged children, etc.). Please visit Mador's therapy page!

Mador terápia
Visit Mador's therapy page!

Carting is a useful passtime, especially if you have children and a sled too.

Kefira carting
Kefira Vom Matthiasberg carting
(Source: Tir na nÓg Leonbergers)

You will be proud of your leos as sleddogs. Especially if such a sweet brave puppy leads your pack...

Leo szánkó
Leonbergers as sleddogs (Source: Groupe Romand du Leonberg, Switzerland)
Lead puppy: Ann's Lion Mr Rubus Bear "Rubus" (thank you Mike and Anne Croom, Ann's Lions Kennel, Finland).

Apart from the above, leonbergers can help you to bring your art talent on surface and give you inspiration. The process of creation is calming, and one can be proud of the result.

Made by: Irma van Gog Habilis Leona kennel (The Netherlands).
Model: Skjaergaardens Cool Windsor "Ben", owned by Amy Kippernes Seapride kennel (Norway).
Used with permission from both of them. Thank you Irma and Amy.

© Mador.hu