Breed

Leonberger


AKC Grouping
Working Group
Temperament
  • friendly
  • gentle
  • playful

Demeanor
friendly

Choosing the Best Dog Food for an Overweight Leonberger

One need only look at the history of the Leonberger breed to understand your dog's caloric need. The Leonberger is a cross between the giant St Bernard, Great Pyrenees and Newfoundland breeds. These are dogs of the working class group. They evolved alongside humans on farms and traditionally got a lot of exercise tending sheep or pulling carts. They have a tendency to gain weight when they are not very active.


Breed

Leonberger


AKC Grouping
Working Group
Temperment
  • friendly
  • gentle
  • playful
Demeanor
friendly

The Leonberger was developed in the town of Leonberg, Germany. The breed was developed by the Mayor of Leonberg, Heinrich Essig, to resemble the lion on the town crest. These dogs were working dogs on farms or were pets of the wealthy elite and royal families of Europe. Essig was a dog breeder, who sold some of the first Leonbergers to royals such as Napoleon, Tsar Alexander and King Edward VII. Leonbergers love water. They were imported to Canada to become water rescue dogs. Despite their great size, Leonbergers are often quite laid back and mellow dogs. This makes them good house pets. Early in the Leonberger's history, they mostly ate scraps from their owners' tables. This gave them a varied diet with highly varied amounts of nutrition.


Energy
active
Grooming
daily brushing
Training
wanting to learn
Shedding
an awful lot

Leonbergers live on average four years less than most other breeds. Choosing the right dog food can help them keep fit, so they can live a long and happy life.


Nowadays most Leonbergers are not working dogs. They are usually family pets who spend the majority of their day indoors. Leonbergers have a thick double coat. They require regular brushing but no hair cuts. It is one of the few breeds that have competition standards that state that all hair should be uncut, except to trim up around the toes. During World War 1 and 2, large Leonbergers were used to pull ammunition carts into battle. This was devastating to the breed's numbers. All Leonbergers today can trace their lineage back to just eight dogs who survived WW2. Due to its large size, Leonbergers have a shorter lifespan than most other dogs. They generally live 7-10 years. Leonbergers live a more sedentary lifestyle than they did in the 19th and 20th centuries. Now that they aren't working dogs, they don't need as many calories even though they still have the instinct to eat heavily. Now it is up to owners to make sure that their Leonberger doesn't overeat and become overweight. If your Leonberger does become overweight, you must take great care to watch their caloric intake. If they spend years of their life overweight, then their lifespan will be shortened. When this large breed is overweight, it can damage their ligaments and joints. Excess weight can lead to arthritic conditions. Arthritis causes pain and stiffness and swelling of the joints, making it hard for your dog to get around. When Leonbergers become overweight they may have more of a tendency to have urinary tract infections, kidney problems, and even blindness. Overweight Leonbergers often have heart problems. A heart attack is one of the leading causes of death for Leonbergers. Spot & Tango is dedicated to providing your overweight Leonberger with the highest quality food. They only use USDA-certified beef, turkey and lamb, which is locally sourced. Spot & Tango uses only meat that is antibiotic, preservative and hormone-free. Spot & Tango uses high-quality proteins that may help overweight dogs feel healthier. Our grains, like quinoa, millet and brown rice help dogs have a healthy immune system and good digestive health. Fruits and vegetables in Spot & Tango food are a good source of fiber and vitamins, which may help overweight Leonbergers with arthritis and connective tissue problems.


The most important step when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight for your Leonberger is to feed them high quality and healthy dog food. Diet has always been one of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy weight, as caloric consumption is usually to blame for overweight dogs in the first place. Most of the dog food that you’ll find at your local grocery store just won’t cut it if you want to give your Leonberger the healthiest diet possible, especially when it comes to something as important as maintaining a healthy weight. Our meats, USDA certified for human consumption, will not only be a delicious treat for your Leonberger, but will also get them to a healthy weight that can be easily maintained with their pre-portioned healthy meals shipped right to your door. Choosing a dog food can be difficult, but with Spot & Tango, you’ll know that you’re getting the highest quality ingredients to give your Leonberger a long and healthy life.