Also known as ‘The Leo’, Leonbergers are big and sweet dogs that originated in Germany in the mid-nineteenth century. They take the name from their lionlike appearance. They have a gentle nature and serene patience and they enjoy the companionship of the whole family. Bred as farm dogs and family companions, the Leos are eager to please and are wonderful family dogs. They are fast learners and their calm and pleasant natures make them excellent therapy dogs.
Common Health Conditions
- Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland- a common hormonal disease in dogs in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroxin hormone.
- Some types of cancer including osteosarcoma (bone cancer) can affect the breed.
- Elbow and hip dysplasia, an inherited disease that causes the hip joints to form improperly and leads to arthritis.