Newfoundland vs Leonberger

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
9 to 10 years
Size:

Extra Large

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

Very High

Best For

Newfoundlands are best for pet parents with some previous dog experience. They're happy with both singles and families with children, and because these pups are giant-sized, a home with lots of space is needed.

Newfoundland Temperament

Newfoundlands are known for having a patient and gentle personality. They love being around their people and are naturally friendly with strangers. Just like any other breed, they need early socialization (aka exposure to new people, places and things) to understand how to play appropriately with other dogs; sometimes the...

Newfoundlands are known for having a patient and gentle personality. They love being around their people and are naturally friendly with strangers. Just like any other breed, they need early socialization (aka exposure to new people, places and things) to understand how to play appropriately with other dogs; sometimes the goofy Newfie doesn’t realize how big they are! But consistent training will help your Newfoundland puppy grow up to be a confident, well-mannered dog.

The sweet-tempered Newfoundland makes a great family dog, as they typically get along well with kids of all ages, including babies and toddlers. While it may be cute, make sure your child doesn’t sit or ride on your Newfie. The dog may tolerate it, but as they get older, health problems like hip dysplasia can make them uncomfortable. This breed isn’t known for having aggressive tendencies, so pain is about the only reason a Newfoundland would growl or bite (outside of typical puppy behavior).

While the Newfoundland breed is often treated as family (especially in the United States), they are still used as working dogs in their home provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Originally bred for their skill at water rescues and to haul in fishing nets, today, the dogs are used for pulling carts or as pack horses. (And you may find they enjoy participating in “working” dog sports like carting and drafting competitions.)

Newfoundland Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
7 years
Size:

Extra Large

Maintenance Level:

Very High

Shed Level:

Very High

Best For

The Leonberger is best for experienced and active pet parents with lots of land or a fenced yard to roam. They are great with kids and other dogs and can do well with cats, if...

The Leonberger is best for experienced and active pet parents with lots of land or a fenced yard to roam. They are great with kids and other dogs and can do well with cats, if raised with them from puppyhood.

Leonberger Temperament

The Leonberger is known as the “Gentle Lion” for good reason. These pups are playful, tender and affectionate. They are not independent dogs, preferring to be included in all your fun. Leos are very loyal and sensitive to your mood; if you need a hug, they’ll likely want one...

The Leonberger is known as the “Gentle Lion” for good reason. These pups are playful, tender and affectionate. They are not independent dogs, preferring to be included in all your fun. Leos are very loyal and sensitive to your mood; if you need a hug, they’ll likely want one, too. Their gentleness and sensitive nature make them excellent therapy dogs, as they’re willing to share their love and gentleness with everyone, not just their family.

Leos aren’t known to be aggressive or biters, but they need socialization starting when they’re puppies to bring out their naturally friendly nature. If they’re not socialized as puppies, these dogs may become wary around new people and situations.

Their loyalty to their family makes them excellent guard dogs. They will bark when someone comes to the door, and they are known to protect their family if they’re in danger.

Leos love kids and are great playmates, but you’ll need to supervise them around small kids and babies. This giant-sized dog weighs well over 100 pounds, and they have a strong tail. One happy wag in the wrong direction could topple a tiny tot.

Leonberger Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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