Aside from their size I suppose the next most distinguishing feature of the Leonberger would be their temperament. Leos are tremendous family dogs. They love children and are very tolerant of childish vocalizations, pokes and prods. Electra met her first baby when she was about eight months old. She wanted to lick the babyís feet and get a good sniff at his diaper. Electra and Belinda play with my son Ross. Ross runs around the house and hides under a blanket, Electra finds him by sticking her nose under the blanket. Ross shrieks, giggles, punches and throws the blanket over her head and Electra lies down and licks him. Belinda is younger, she lies on her back while Ross blows raspberries on her tummy and rubs her ears. Clifford met his first baby when he was four months old and he lay on the floor of my Chiropractor's office while this tiny kid who could just sit up played with his paws.
In his book ďThe LeonbergerĒ Guido Perosino describes the Leonberger
temperament as follows. ďIt loves itís owners company in whatever
circumstance, indoors, outdoors, in the car, at the sea, in the
mountains. Itís exuberance, which sometimes is a bit much, is expressed
especially when it is young and has experienced a separation from itís
owner, even for a brief time, and is so happy to see him again. However,
the dog keeps itís exuberance under control when accompanying us on a
walk in the city, to a hotel or restaurant, where it is calm, faithful
and becomes our nearly imperceptible shadow.
Yes they can be active check the photos link for some action shots.