The Leonberger is not a breed for everyone. You have to really like dog fur. Dog fur on your clothes, dog fur in your car, dog fur in your food…the places we find Leonberger fur are amazing. Big double-coated dogs that shed produce a lot of fur. I always say that Leonbergers shed twice a year, January through June and July through December. They have major coat blows twice a year, but in between those coat blows they continue to leave their fur wherever they go. If it seems that I’m focusing a lot on the shedding it’s because I am. Many people underestimate this aspect of owning a Leonberger.
Other things to know about sharing your life and home with a Leonberger:
- They will want to be with you at all times…yes, even in the tiniest of bathrooms
- You can’t leave them alone outside
- You will need a bigger car
- Clean windows are no longer an option, unless you make window cleaning a full time career
- Vet bills will be higher as you pay for many services and medications by weight
- Continuous training from puppyhood is a must
- You can’t have just one
- They will break your heart, but they will also bring you years and years of happiness, love and laughter.
The breed is not without its health issues. When you are researching breeders and looking at potential sires and dams it is important that you understanding the health issues within the breed. At a minimum, the sire and dam should both have completed their health testing and have a CHIC #. You can read more about this in the Leonberger Health Foundation’s “A Healthy Puppy” article.