Revived after near-extinction in World War I, the gentle and sweet Leonberger has flourished as a family pet and multi-purpose working dog. Its lion-like looks speak to its feline grace while its imposing size is softened by an immense coat that requires daily care (be prepared for shedding). The breed’s origins lie in Leonberg, Germany as a family, farm, and draft dog. They also attracted the attention of popular German artists, becoming models, and have been featured on several European stamps, likely due to their intelligent expression and proud stance. Calm, reliable, and friendly, they make excellent family or therapy dogs.