Leonberger Breed Maintenance
The long fur and thick undercoat are prone to tangling and matting if they are not cared for on a regular basis. This breed should be checked frequently to ensure that there are no fleas, ticks, or injuries hiding under their fur and they should be brushed at least once or twice a week, with extra attention being paid to the neck, chest, and rump areas. During the change of seasons, the Leonberger will begin to shed heavily, and they should be brushed daily during these times of the year. Leonbergers will need a bath about every one to three months, depending on the dog’s activity level, the time of year, and the climate. They do tend to get muddy paws, and wiping down the paws and legs may be required in between bathings. This is a giant breed, so it is important to feed this dog a food that doesn’t encourage overly rapid growth during their puppyhood. This dog is fairly active and requires regular exercise in order to avoid being a nuisance around the house. Fortunately, there are many good options for exercise with these dogs. Although they are not as interested in a game of fetch as some breeds, they excel at many other activities, including swimming and water rescue, tracking, herding, carting, and in some cases, even agility training, not to mention a good old-fashioned walk. The Leonberger, with their massive bodies and thick coats of fur, are more likely to get overheated than other breeds and care should be taken to ensure they are kept cool enough when exercising.