Hopefully most of you out there are considering getting a leonberger dog right now. First of all I want to state how great of an addition this dog can add to your family. Their average lifespan has been known to be around 7 years, which is 4 less than other breeds of similar size. They are known for their kindness and strength. Provided you give them a proper diet they will be very healthy too. Like any other dog though, they have some issues that you will need to take care of or make sure they don't have before purchasing.
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One of the first issues you need to make sure that you leonberger doesn't have is aggression issues. An aggressive leonberger is very rare, however still possible. There are many reasons for a leonberger to be aggressive such as: poor training, mean past owner, or a very traumatizing experience when it was a puppy. All dogs can be aggressive when faced with the above situations, however, a leonberger is quite a large dog so we wouldn't want an aggressive dog that can actually do some damage.
Another thing you need to ask about if you are purchasing an already full grown leonberger is if it has had early socialization and other training. Socialization is especially needed for if it will be around children. You don't want your dog getting angry at children for not leaving him alone one too many times. To prevent this from happening you should teach the children as well as the dog how to treat each other. Sometimes if you hire a professional you can still train an older dog to react better to people, it will take time and money though. So if you want to avoid this all together find one that is already around a lot of people.
The leonberger doesn't need much space, thankfully. However, they are an active dog so a walk every day is a necessity. Even if you don't have time to take them on a long walk, they appreciate getting out of the house and are much more well behaved because of getting out and getting some exercise. They also have a desire for some brain stimulation which can be provided with thinking dog toys. You can find these at any pet store and should be labeled for brain stimulation.
All in all these are great dogs that are very beautiful and amazingly loyal. They will make a great addition to any family. If treated well they will live long and healthy lives and get along very well with children.