Book Reviews

A Short Leonberger Book that is Actually Good

In this post I am reviewing Leonberger Dog: Amazing Knowledge About Dog Breed: Leonberger Dog Information Paperback – January 6, 2022 by Stabler Wanda. This paperback is 57 pages, ISBN 979-8796787175, item weight 5 ounces, dimensions 6 x 0.13 x 9 inches. You can buy it from Amazon, as a paperback, or e-Book. The paperback version is currently $6.99 on Amazon, and the Kindle version is $2.99 unless you have Kindle unlimited then it is free.

Photo of the front cover of the book Leonberger Dog, Amazing Knowledge About Dog Breed. Click on the image to go to the Amazon location for the book.
Front cover of the book Leonberger Dog, Amazing Knowledge About Dog Breed. Click on the image to go to the Amazon location for the book.

Below I am posting my Amazon review of the book Leonberger Dog, Amazing Knowledge About Dog Breed. Click here to see my original Amazon review. BTW I gave the book four stars.

Concise and short but helpful Leonberger book with a few inaccuracies

This is probably the best short Leonberger book I’ve come across. With short I mean less than 60 maybe 70 pages. It is specifically about Leonbergers and not a generic dog book with a couple of pages of Leonberger information. The author is able to pack a lot of helpful Leonberger information into this book without making it dense. The book feature Leonberger information such as temperament, personality, appearance, and Leonberger history, as well as how to care for, train and feed a Leonberger. The book also explores how to get a Leonberger, and if you should get a Leonberger, the cost, the breeders, and Leonberger health.

The book is well written, well edited, the layout/book design looks nice, and it contains 17 beautiful Leonberger photographs (in black and white). I especially enjoyed the chapter on caring for a Leonberger. One thing I found distracting was that the book focused on Leonbergers in the UK and then it focused on North America when discussing how to choose a breeder without having the same discussion for the UK. I didn’t mind too much since I live in the US, but the UK readers may have missed something. I also reacted to the statement that Leonbergers live 6-8 years. That’s an outdated number. Now a day Leonbergers live 8-10 years and our Leonberger lived 13 years, which is exceptional. Thank the Leonberger Health Foundation International for that improvement.

Unfortunately, in the chapter on Leonberger history the book contains some information that is incorrect. The author claims that Heinrich Essig, the creator of the Leonberger breed, was the mayor of the town of Leonberg. Heinrich Essig was a prominent citizen of the town, and he was a successful businessman, farmer, innkeeper, horse and dog trader, large-dog enthusiast, dog breeder, and town councilman, but he was never the mayor of Leonberg.

The author claims that only five Leonbergers survived World War I. It is true that World War I was tough on the breed, but it was not quite that bad. After the war, Karl Stadelmann and Otto Josenhans, worked hard to save the breed, and they were able to find twenty-five Leonbergers whose owners were willing to cooperate in reestablishing the breed. Of these, only five were suitable for breeding. That’s where that info originates, but that’s a little different from saying that only five Leonbergers survived the war.

The author also claims that only eight Leonbergers survived World War II. However, that is once again an exaggeration. There was indeed a “genetic bottleneck” of Leonbergers in the 1940s. This was largely because people repeatedly bred the dogs, they thought were the best specimens in a misguided attempt to improve the breed. Scientific pedigree analyses demonstrate that the Leonberger has twenty-two founder animals, or animal ancestors unrelated to one another (ten males and twelve females). Again, that is a little bit different from “only 8 survived”.

I spent most of my review complaining about incorrect statements that I found, but in truth these incorrect statements are not many and not important. This is still a very good book for being a short book. I give it a four-star rating and I recommend it to anyone interested in the breed who wants a quick but helpful read.

Photo of the back cover of the book Leonberger Dog, Amazing Knowledge About Dog Breed.
Back cover of the book Leonberger Dog, Amazing Knowledge About Dog Breed.










Finally, if you would like to learn about more about my book and find out where to buy it, click here or here. You can also click the image below to buy it from Amazon.

This image shows the front cover of the book "The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle". Stories and Tips from Thirteen Years with a Leonberger. The cover is beige and brown and it has the face of an old Leonberger in the middle. Click on the image to go to the Amazon location for the book.
This is the front cover of my book “The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle”. Click on the image to go to the location for the book.

By thomasstigwikman

My name is Thomas Wikman. I am a software/robotics engineer with a background in physics, but I am currently retired. I took early retirement. I am a dog lover, and especially a Leonberger lover, a home brewer, craft beer enthusiast, an amateur astronomer, I’m learning French, and I am an avid reader. I live in Dallas, Texas, but I am originally from Sweden. I am married to Claudia, and we have three children Jacob, David and Rachel. My blog feature the crazy adventures of our Leonberger e Bronco von der Löwenhöhle as well as information on Leonbergers

11 replies on “A Short Leonberger Book that is Actually Good”

As we all know the Leonberger breed is still an uncommon dog evidenced by the fact that all owners are used to the questions “what kind of dog is that?”. Maybe Leo’s will get a bit more attention given the fact that in the first season of the 2020 series Your Honor staring Bryon Cranston, there is a scene where the Baxter father and daughter discuss getting a dog. They land on a Leonberger and yes the father has never heard of the breed!

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That is interesting I did not know that. I will check out that TV series. BTW did you know that Julie McGloin wrote a very good book called “hey, what kind of dog is that, Life with Leonbergers”. Our late Bronco was in that book too on page 6-7. There was a lot of Leonberger books published in 2022 including
Leonberger Dog: Amazing Knowledge About Dog Breed – by Stabler Wanda this one
Leonberger Dog by Nelson Dawson (deleted by Amazon)
Leonberger by Ben Bradley
Hey! What Kind of Dog is That?: Life With Leonbergers by Julie McGloin
The Complete Guide to Leonbergers by Vanessa Richie
The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle by me

And another one was just released. That’s a lot of books for a rare breed


I purchased and read Julie McGloin‘s book, I think on your recommendation, and of course I have bought and read your book, which I loved.

I generally try to by my books at a bookstore rather than Amazon. Also because I am in Canada I am limited to what is available even on Amazon. Your book was available at Chapters/Indigo.

I will see if I can get the Stabler Wanda book. Thanks for all the info you post. I really appreciate it.


Thank you so much for your kind words Brenda. I can add that Vanessa Richie’s book is also good if you ignore the blooper on page 30. Then the book “Leonberger” by Caroline Bliss Isberg is I think the best Leonberger book. It is a master piece but it cost $100+.


Yes me too. That’s how Bronco looked like right when we got him at 9 weeks. However, I did not save any photos. We took a photo at 3 months but then he had already changed, still cute though. However, they grow superfast. Within months later he was already bigger than our German Shepherd.


Yes and I have read more of them, so more reviews are coming. The funny thing is that the thick ones 100+ pages tend to be good books but more than half of the short ones are bad. I don’t know why that trend is, but I think some people writing short books are writing them to promote personal websites or other books rather than making an effort to write a real Leonberger book.


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