Canis ISSN: 2398-2942



General information

  • Originated in Germany as a companion dog, was specifically bred to resemble a lion by crossing the Newfoundland, Pyrenean Mountain Dog and St. Bernard.
  • A gentle giant and wonderful swimmer even in the coldest of climates, its size makes it unsuitable to the urban environment.
  • Good with other dogs and easily obedience trained, they thrive in colder climates.
  • Not a good watch dog and the smooth, dense coat requires very regular grooming.

Biological Data

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Further Reading


​Referred papers

  • Recent references from VetMedResource and PubMed.
  • Becker D, Minor KM, Letko A et al (2017) A GJA9 frameshift variant is associated with polyneuropathy in Leonberger dogs. BMC Genomics 18(1), 662 PubMed.
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