I have had the privilege of meeting a Leonberger here in Kansas City. He was a big gentle giant and amazingly easy to handle considering his great size. The Leonberger name implies that the dog was bred to resemble a lion, or Leo. While the dog was bred to resemble a lion, the name Leonberger comes from its origin in Leonberg, Germany. Check out Wikipedia for more great information on the very interesting history of the Leonberger, including, “Leonbergers today can have their ancestry traced to eight dogs that survived World War II.”
The Cane Corso is a mastiff breed with origins in Italy. According to the AKC, the Cane Corso, “descended from the Roman canis Pugnaces”. Like the mastiff breeds, the Cane Corso is a large dog bred for the hunt and as a guard dog. Although he has guarding instincts, he is generally a gentle breed and a great companion dog.
As indicated in his name, the Icelandic Sheepdog has origins in Iceland. In fact, it is Iceland’s only native dog and the Icelandic Sheepdog’s ancestors may have first come to Iceland with the Vikings. The Icelandic Sheepdog is a hardy dog, perfect for the harsh weather of Iceland. It is a great sheepdog, watchdog, and general working dog.