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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:39 PM
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Aren't they beautiful animals?
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 03:41 PM by madison2000
Leonbergers

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kslib Donating Member (485 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:40 PM
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1. Yes they are. Endangered?
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:47 PM
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7. I heard there were 24 left in Germany after WWII because no one
could spare the food for these large dogs. They are working dogs which pull carts (although mine mostly lies on the couch all day!) They are growing in popularity in the US.
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:40 PM
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2. I went to school with Leon Berger
He didn't look anything like that.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:41 PM
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3. wow
they are beautiful. Never heard of them before.

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njdemocrat106 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:44 PM
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4. Handsome beasts
Compared with the gassy Boston Terrier I'm sharing my computer room with now :)
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:40 PM
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13. Hmmm.... so your Boston is gassy too?
Check out this little smelly devil!

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CatBoreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:44 PM
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5. They are pretty...
...but I like these guys better...



Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Just make sure they don't eat any songbirds, okay?? ;)
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Rainbowreflect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:06 PM
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10. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, what a cute puppy.
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:45 PM
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6. Rare breed, non-AKC, originally from Germany
I have a small one (67 lbs) which came from a shelter so he is probably a mix. Purebreds can be almost twice the size. They were bred to look like a lion from other giant breeds (St. Bernard, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland). Very gentle wonderful pets. There are breeders in the US. Very popular in Scandinavia if you search the web.
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McKenzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:56 PM
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8. I'm a doggie person and these are gorgeous
Never seen them before now. I'd like a pair. I'd give 'em a good home.

Lovely beasties...just love their faces. Gorgeous.
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:02 PM
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9. historical summary of leonbergers
At the end of the thirties, beginning of the forties of the 19th century, Heinrich Essig, town Councillor in Leonberg near Stuttgart, crossed a black and white Newfoundland bitch with a so-called Barry male from the monastery hospice Grand St.Bernhard. Later a Pyrenean Mountain Dog was added. This resulted in very large dogs with predominantly long, white coats. Essigs aim was for a lion-like dog. The lion is the heraldic animal of the city of Leonberg.

The first dogs really called Leonbergers were born in 1846. They combined the excellent qualities of the breeds from which they stemmed.

Only a short time later, many of these dogs were sold as status symbols from Leonberg all over the world. At the end of the 19th century, the Leonberger was kept in Baden-Wrttemberg as the preferred farm dog. His watch and draft abilities were much praised.

In both World Wars and the needy post war times, the numbers of breeding stock reduced dramatically. Today the Leonberger is an excellent family dog which fulfills all the demands of modern life.
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McKenzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:16 PM
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11. thnx for that.
The faces on those beasties makes me want to get one and hug it.

I have a particular fondness for working dogs. We have "Border Collies" over here. Sheepdogs with high intelligence. You have them too. Love the bonnie beasties.

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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:19 PM
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12. I had a border collie before I had a leonberger!
But at the time I lived in Chicago and it probably wasn't the best environment for her. I knew little about border collies when I got her from a farm litter. She needed work and I didn't have any for her. She learned words I didn't try to teach her!

The leonberger is much more laid back, not quite as bright, but a great companion. Definitely not looking for work!
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