So you think you want a Leonberger.
When you contact me, I will tell you about the breed and try very hard to sell you on another breed. I do not believe that this is the right breed for everyone. If you want a dog that will just hang with you with no effort, training or socialization then this is NOT the breed for you. If you want a wash and wear dog. . . this is NOT the dog for you. If you are inconsistent, this is NOT the breed for you. If you are willing to do your homework, find the right breeder, get the proper puppy and then do a heck of a lot of work this MIGHT be the breed for you.
I will help you to determine if this is the right breed for you. When we ascertain that this is the right breed, and you decide you want to proceed, the serious interviewing process will start. You will be asked questions that make it seem like you are adopting a child, which you are. . . where will the dog sleep, why do you want a dog….the questions go on forever. You’ll be asked to write something about your desires in temperament for your new family member, what role do you see this dog taking in your family? Do you want the “cheerleader”, “the couch potato” or the “cop” as they all have different personalities.
Leonbergers need owners who are leaders, if you are not, most will gladly take the job, and you will not be happy! You need to really think about what you want, why you want it and what kind of work you are willing to do to get it, I will ask for references. I expect you to do more research on your new potential family member, who will live in your home, than you did on the car that stays in the garage. This is a 10+ year commitment, I take placing puppies seriously and expect you to do the same.