What was it about these dogs that made them so desirable?
Their coats are not short and smooth, or lavish, or silky, curly or wiry, or unusually coiffed.
In the field, Leonbergers are not exceptional hunters, trackers, retrievers, pointers or jumpers.
No, Leonbergers are exceptional because they lack these very extremes of function and form that are the central appeal of many other breeds. Because they were not selectively bred to specialize in a canine sport or working task, they are not dazzling performers in any single arena.
Their purpose in life is to be loving, watchful companions and family members.
Caroline Bliss-Isberg in The Leonberger: A Comprehensive Guide to the Lion King of Breeds
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