The Leonberger Standard Class is an introductory course designed to educate the novice or advanced student in the appreciation and understanding of the intrinsic qualities, type and structure of the Leonberger. Through the use of interactive digital tools, illustrative photos and drawings, and the AKC standard, students can advance their familiarity and fundamental understanding of the breed standard.

The Standard


As adopted by the LCA and the AKC.

The Leonberger is a large, sociable working dog, muscular yet elegant, with a proud head carriage. The breed is distinguished by its black mask, substantial bone, balanced build, and double coat. Adult males are particularly powerful and strong and carry a lion-like mane on the neck and chest. Bitches are unmistakably feminine. The Leonberger is a dimorphic breed; a dog or a bitch easily discernible as such. Although imposing in size, the Leonberger is graceful in motion. Natural appearance is essential to Leonberger type. The breed is to be shown with no trimming, sculpting or other alterations. True to the breed’s origins as a multipurpose family, farm and draft dog, today’s Leonberger excels as a versatile working dog and devoted family companion. Intelligent and lively, friendly yet vigilant, the Leonberger is attentive and self-assured in all situations.

The Leonberger is placed in the Working Group; AKC recognized in 2010.

The Standard from the AKC website

The Leonberger Skeleton


Leonberger Characteristics


The Illustrated Standard

Cover smThe Leonberger - An Illustrated Breed Standard is published by the Leonberger Club of America. It contains pages of colored photographs, detailed illustrations and discussion of the AKC Leonberger Standard.

It is a good resource for completing this course. Available through the LCA secure site at: