anyone own a Leonberger? i want one.

(40 Posts)
ThatVikRinA22 Tue 26-Mar-13 22:16:48

my aging cavalier king charles is, well, ageing. i love her to bits and cant imagine being without a dog in the house.

a few days ago i met a female leonberger and i am smitten.....ive done some research. I cant see any down sides.

Does anyone own one? Is there anything more that i need to know before i start to save up?

NickRachel Wed 27-Nov-13 11:51:31

Hello

Did you still have a leonberger in mind?

Kind regards

Montybojangles Sun 31-Mar-13 14:27:52

Fantastic, laid back family dog, as long as you aren't house proud, and can afford to feed them. They drool a lot , shed (need a lot of grooming) and get everything muddy and wet after a walk on a soggy spring day. Good luck,they are fab.

ThatVikRinA22 Wed 27-Mar-13 22:20:05

they are incredibly placid - the one i met the other day was just so laid back! i though it was stuffed at first! she was just laid on the floor....the only bit that moved was her eyes - she looked at me as if to say "wot? no fuss??"

she was soooooo pretty.

just a huge shame re the health probs....part of me thinks i should get down the dogs trust and get a rescue....

BOEUF Wed 27-Mar-13 22:08:58

I've got a feeling that there's one in our park. Pickle adores him. She jumps up to cuddle him from the front, and he's so placid, he just lets her grin.

ThatVikRinA22 Wed 27-Mar-13 22:06:33

thanks everyone. much to consider. didnt realise they had such health issues....thats a shame.

wont be rushing into anything soon anyway - dh wants some holidays before we get another dog....
or car!

mrslaughan Wed 27-Mar-13 20:51:29

Vicar - check out greater swiss mountain dogs , giants,lot more personality, huge teddy beats, amazing with kids, still don't need a huge amount of exercise.....BUT short haired!
I know you say you have lots of animals , therefore hair issues already - but it's the mud and dirt that gets out of their coat, or gets tracked into the house.
Also you need a big cargrin

ProphetOfDoom Wed 27-Mar-13 11:53:41

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1MitchellMum Wed 27-Mar-13 09:43:47

Fabulous dogs ... but think about vet visits (anaesthetic more expensive with larger dogs); fitting said dog in car (takes up all of boot space in estate car); I've experienced GDV and dilated cardiomyopathy - both conditions heartbreaking. I have large dogs but wonder how people cope with giant breeds (lifting into car if they need emergency vet treatment).

saintmerryweather Wed 27-Mar-13 07:57:40

My friends newfie died of bloat at the age of 4, might be something to consider with giant breeds. also the fact that they dont live for long generally

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 27-Mar-13 07:46:13

Ah yes I have all this knowledge as one client has 15!

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 27-Mar-13 07:45:38

They are very common in my practice. They are lovely dogs, but the drool is considerable. They are very expensive to keep food just the volume is immense, a trip to the vets is never less than £100, they are not very long lived you are very lucky if they see 10. They suffer from juvenile onset dilated cardiomyopathy that often kills them before they are three, GDVs are very common.
In short whilst lovely dogs they are money puts and heart breakers.

MrsTwgtwf Wed 27-Mar-13 00:27:25

You need the horse to exercise the dog. Initially you can have the dog on a lead rein. grin

ThatVikRinA22 Wed 27-Mar-13 00:21:30

wow....7? must have been rich!

ill settle for one.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 27-Mar-13 00:12:58

SEVEN!!! <<faints>>

notimefors Wed 27-Mar-13 00:12:24

Someone near my old house had seven. They made a sight on walks!

ProphetOfDoom Wed 27-Mar-13 00:07:55

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CatPussInACrownOfThorns Wed 27-Mar-13 00:07:46

They are gorgeous. My friends newfie was bloody gorgeous. He was called Arthur, pronounced Arfur. We were mates. Sadly he passed away last year at the grand old age of 8!

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 26-Mar-13 23:55:57

thought about that too catpuss....am more than willing to take rescues - my baby girl was a rescue.

they have a form to fill in and send back. will look into it proper tomorrow - im sure some folk must think they have bitten off more than they can chew with these big woofs.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 26-Mar-13 23:54:08

best get some big nappy sacks then.....grin

im really smitten. will need to find some decent puppy training/socialising classes with such a big dog.....quite willing to put in the work though.

my cav was a rescue - she needed a fair bit of work as she was a nervous wreck. she is sound now. lovely. she is really well trained. reckon i could do it again with a bigger version!

CatPussInACrownOfThorns Tue 26-Mar-13 23:51:49

What about asking the breed society for a rescue?

CatPussInACrownOfThorns Tue 26-Mar-13 23:50:58

A decent Dachshund is going to cost me not far off that! At least you'll get your moneys worth!
Poo. All poo is not created equal. My friends Newfoundland used to do piles of shit that were nearly as big as my dog!

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 26-Mar-13 23:15:17

oh and they cost about a grand....think i will be saving for a bit!

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 26-Mar-13 23:14:27

catpuss hair i have already....cav, plus 2 cats, one long haired. i hoover daily! and have laminate and tiled floors downstairs for this very reason! dust bunnies easier to hoover up....could stuff a mattress....

food bill. cant be more than i pay for my moggies. they will only eat on brand of very very very expensive food......

poo. poo is poo! if you have to pick up a pile its pretty much the same whether its big or small and my cav needs cork up her bum.....she can go 4 times in one day.

best think about where to let mine swim.....we have ponds quite near....might have to get a bigger car though. (would one fit into a corsa? grin)

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 26-Mar-13 23:06:23

I used to know a man who had two. He's died since I knew him but his Leonberger was the National Water Rescue Champion. They love water. I think he belonged to a Leonberger club. We're in East Anglia.

CatPussInACrownOfThorns Tue 26-Mar-13 23:03:36

Lovely, but a few points spring to mind...
1/ The hair. I have a cocker cross who makes more than enough mess.
2/ The food bill.
3/ The absolutely GINORMOUS piles of poo!
My next dog will be either a whippet or a dachshund. grin

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