Loving, intelligent, sensible and calm are all qualities you can attribute to this charismatic breed. Although a giant breed, Leos possess an elegant, as well as a kind demeanour. Leos are definitely family dogs and are loyal and loving companions to “their humans”. They have a special affinity to children. Leos are very sensitive and thrive on attention from their owners. These dogs are not aloof – they are “house dogs” and like to be an integral part of their family. The breed was developed in Germany in the mid 1800’s by the mayor of Leonberg to resemble the lion on the town crest. The Leonberger’s primary function was to be a watch/companion dog. Today one can see Leonbergers participating in conformation, obedience, carting, search and rescue etc.