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'Tis sweet to hear the watch dog's honest bark bay deep-mouthed welcome as we draw near home; 'tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming and look brighter when we come.
- Lord Byron

Leonberger puppy

Ch Lewenhart’s Handsome Hardy Boy CGN, HIC 
(Herding Instinct Certificate), Certified St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog

"Archer"

Leonberger adult
Ch Lewenhart’s Handsome Hardy Boy CGN, HIC 
(Herding Instinct Certificate), Certified St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog

"Archer"

Considered to be the oldest German pure breed, the Leonberger or Leo originated in Leonberg, Germany in the mid-1800s. 

Leonberg's Mayor, Heinrich Essig tried to create a large dog that looked like the lion on the town's crest.  

He crossed a St. Bernard with a Newfoundland and then introduced other giant breeds to produce the lion-like appearance. By 1846, the Leonberger was born. The Leo was used as a draught animal and to guard livestock. 

This dog is a true giant. Males can stand up to 30 inches at the shoulder and weigh up to 150 lbs. As his name suggests, the Leo is lion-coloured and has a luxurious, weather-proof, double coat. The coat can be any shade of yellow with black points or tips on the body fur. The Leo's face has a black mask. As might be expected of a descendant of Newfoundland dogs, the Leo has webbed feet and is a strong swimmer.

A large and impressive looking dog possessing a friendly, gentle, and open expression, the Leonberger looks to be what he is, a wonderful family companion with a fondness for children. Nicknamed the "gentle lion", the Leo is extremely family-oriented. He loves activity and happily participates in hiking, running, swimming, and socializing.  Although he is lively and enthusiastic in temperament, he is also content to sit at his master's feet as part of the family unit.  

Leos are adept at activities that require strength and gentleness together such as water rescue, carting, agility, tracking, and therapy. The Leo is loyal, dependable, intelligent, and is easily trained. He makes a good watchdog.

 
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Clubs and Organizations

Leonberger Club of Canada
Contact: Lori Dzingala
Email:  
Leos@LeonbergerClubOfCanada.com

Leonberger Club of Ontario
Contact: Karen Heard
Email: info@LeonbergerClubOfOntario.com
 
 

 

 

 

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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Naomi Kane, Lewenhart 
Ontario



 

Alberta

Kennel/Website

Sara Hartley
RR#2
Red Deer, AB   
(403) 506-2961
Email: 
countryhillsleonbergers@gmail.com

Country Hills Leonbergers


Dave Pope
RR#2
Blackie, AB  T0L 0J0
(403) 684-3000
Email:
framerpope@aol.com

Leonbergers of Popes Pride

 

Ontario

Kennel/Website

Lori Dzingala
7692 Ashburn Road
Brooklin, ON  L1M 1L5
(905) 655-5747
Email:
leolvr@sympatico.ca

Heronview


Cindy Hunt
270 Inglehart Road
Grimsby, ON  L3M 4E7
(905) 945-4951
Email:
cindyhunt4@hotmail.com

Concorde Ridge


Naomi Kane
10819 Highway 9
Caledon
, ON L7E 0G5
905) 880-9986, cell (416) 574-8635
Email:
Naomi@lewenhart.com  

Lewenhart


Kate A Van Rijn
3578 4th line, RR#2
Loretto, ON  L0G 1L0
(705) 434-1328

Shandro

 

Quebec

Kennel/Website

Nathalie Dame
Rang 11
Bonsecours, QC  J0E 1H0
(450) 535-6676
Email:
ocifelis@cooptel.qc.ca

Québéléo


France Jacob
476 Petit-Capsa
Saint-Augustin-De-Desmaures, QC  G3A 1W8
(418) 929-3087
Email:
francejacob@hotmail.com

Beralleo


Lucie Perron
810 Felix Lariviere
St Jovite-Mt Tremblant, QC J0T 2H0
(819) 425-9663
Email:
perronlucie@hotmail.com

Corleone Reg'd

 

 
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Rescue

Leonberger Rescue, Inc.

Leo Rescue Ontario
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A Division of the Leonberger Club of Ontario
A Division of the Leonberger Club of Ontario
Karen Heard 
(905) 825-2638

 

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Leonbergers are playful and love water. They have even been known to spit water and blow bubbles in their water dishes!

 

 

 

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