I'm getting a dog very soon, and I have fallen in love with leonbergers. I do not mind the size, and I know they can be really helpful. I have the time and the money to kepp it healthy, I just need to know how much the puppies generally cost. Also, any specail things just for that breed?
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Answer by Collie
The Leonberger is Brave. Intelligent. Very gentle Very affectionate. Open and warm. A sociable dog but makes an imposing Guard dog because of it's size and Bark but it is unlikely to bite a stranger. If it has any faults it is that it becomes very exhuberant with his demonstrations of affection. They can be nonchalant and 'stay at home'. We tried them for police Work in UK but they did not have the necessary drive required. I should warn you that there is no question that this dog can be shut up in a flat. It's a fresh air and wide open spaces dog. It is clumsy and requires long walks. It has a massive appetite. It doesn't like the heat very much and must be brushed regularly. They are quite high maintenance and do not take to kennels very readily.
They only live to about ten years
I wish you well in your choice of Dog....Enjoy
Answer by cardinalboy97
My aunt has had a couple. They are very expensive and neither one of hers lived very long. One had multiple behavioral problems. My aunt and uncle live in London and every time we took it to the park it tried to bite someone. Once, she nipped me (we were playing) and it broke the skin. I was bleeding a little and she started drooling and kept wanting to lick my finger. Scary....
But my aunt loved them...
Answer by Sarah
Leonbergers from a reputable breeder (check the Leonberger Club of America website for a list) will run you about $2000 – even for "pet quality". Breeders who are not registered with the LCA are not held to the same standard and can/will breed dogs with significant health issues. Polyneuropathy, hip dysplasia… these are screened by LCA breeders and are not allowed to be bred. Cardinalboy97 indicated multiple behavioral problems in a Leo he knew. Any dog will have problems if they are not socialized enough as puppies and that is especially true for any dog that will be 100+ pounds before they are a year old. I have never met a Leo with a "behavioral problem" – unless you consider being underfoot one. These are not dogs to leave alone for long periods of time or throw in the backyard to live. I have had many dogs – mainly mixed breed rescues (*love*). We have had 2 Leonbergers – currently, we have a 5 month old 70 pound ball of endless energy bouncing through our home. Training is imperative!! I cannot stress this enough. As soon as possible, get him into a class.
Leos are hard to come by as the reputable breeders are limited in their breeding frequency and the demand is so high for Leo pups.
Enjoy your new puppy!
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