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Fudgeandcoco

Leonberger?

Post by Fudgeandcoco » Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:55 am

Hello all

As you know I was going to get a Newf as my third dog for me and Fudge ( mini poodle)

I was walking her last week and I met a woman walking what I thought was a Newfie cross she said no he's a leonberger! So I went home and looked them up I found out they were bred from Newfies, St Bernard and Pyrenean mountain dog. I read that they love water like the Newf but don't drool as much as the Bernard or newf.

Well this is what interested me about them so I have met tow breeders who have told me the same that they come from Germany , were made from the breeds above, are protective, love water and 90% of the time are big goofballs who are friendly and loveble and are easy to train!

I really like this breed in just as much as the newf. I wanted to ask if everything I have been told is true? And if anyone would like to add anything.

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Re: Leonberger?

Post by Nettle » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:37 am

The ones I've met are very 'guardy' and very mastiff-y. I wouldn't have called any of them lovable goofballs. Very attractive to look at, though. I think you'd enjoy doing more research into the breed.
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Re: Leonberger?

Post by Fudgeandcoco » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:42 am

Hi Nettle

I know they can be protective but all the breeders I have spoken with have said that a well bred ,well trained and well socialised Leo is a wonderful family dog , loves everyone and is very similar to Newfies as Leo's love water.

Here's one of the websites I have read

http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/review ... rgers.html

So would you not agree with this?

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Re: Leonberger?

Post by master2 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:27 am

The trainer who works with me , who help me train Sherlock owns 4 Leon's . the ones I have met were really friendly the loved getting attention and being stroked. She has always told me they are easy to train. The water is true once at her training facility one of her Leo's were sitting in one of those blow up paddle pools and her then new pup was playing and the sitting in her water bowl :lol: .

Iv never met one who is aggressive or mastiff-y. Gurdy yes but I would say more watchdog as they bark at anyone who comes to the gate but once they come in there all wagging there tails and want attention.

I agree with Nettle that there not goofballs however they are a gentle giant and are active but calm. And yes they don't drool.

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Re: Leonberger?

Post by Nettle » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:42 am

Fudgeandcoco wrote:Hi Nettle

I know they can be protective but all the breeders I have spoken with have said that a well bred ,well trained and well socialised Leo is a wonderful family dog , loves everyone and is very similar to Newfies as Leo's love water.

Here's one of the websites I have read

http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/review ... rgers.html

So would you not agree with this?

The information on the website is accurate and doesn't pull punches. I suggest you take time to read it thoroughly. Then you will have the answers to your questions. :wink:
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Re: Leonberger?

Post by mum24dog » Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:16 am

Obedience training should start at 12 weeks? Bit late.

Don't tell the trainer mentioned above that you shouldn't keep more than one.

The trouble with sites like that is that they write in sweeping generalisations and of course there are variations in every breed.

There's no substitute for meeting the dogs themselves and talking with owners.

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Re: Leonberger?

Post by Suzette » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:45 am

We recently moved to the country and I had not heard of this breed until I met my neighbor - she has two of them, a male and a female (no breeding, just her beloved pets). I fell in love with those dogs and she loves talking about them, so we had a lively, informative conversation about the breed over coffee a few weeks ago. I can say that most everything I read in the article that Fudgeandcoco posted is what I learned from my neighbor about the breed and what I have observed myself over the past several weeks.

There will always be variations in individual dogs, but in the beginning breed generalities from reliable sources is all we have to go by as we make our choices, especially when it's a breed where there doesn't seem to be many of them around (at least in my neck of the woods) to personally observe.

Her dogs are lovely and have won my heart. This breed would definitely be on my short list if I thought I could handle a dog that outweighed me. lol
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Re: Leonberger?

Post by Fudgeandcoco » Sat May 07, 2016 12:28 pm

Hi all

I have decided on the Leo.

Thank for all your replys and advice

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