Bronco's Adventures

Bronco and His Grey Muzzle Award

Facebook recently reminded me of our late Leonberger Bronco’s Grey Muzzle Award. He got it three years ago. He was 12 years and 8 months old at the time. The Grey Muzzle Award is an award given by the Leonberger Health Foundation International (LHFI) for longevity. Leonbergers, and other giant breeds, don’t live very long. LHFI bestow the award on any Leonberger who has reached the age of twelve. The Grey Muzzle Award is also given to breeders, because they are partially responsible for the dogs’ longevity. This is a special award and it made us very happy that Bronco got it.

This is a photo from the day we received our Leonberger Bronco’s Grey Muzzle Award. The photo shows Bronco to the left and my wife Claudia holding the award to the right.
The day we received Bronco’s Grey Muzzle Award. It is a beautiful memory. He was 12 years and 8 months old at the time.

We got the award a little bit late because we applied for it a little bit late, but when we got it we were very happy. When Bronco passed away from a heart failure four months later, we submitted his DNA to LHFI for research.

The grey muzzle award diploma. It is a personal letter from the Leonberger Health Foundation International, dated February 19, 2020
The grey muzzle award diploma
Bronco’s Grey Muzzle Award for Leonberger Longevity is Presented with Gratitude. It feature Bronco's face, and ribbon with platinum medal.
Bronco’s Grey Muzzle Award

The Leonbergers receiving the Grey Muzzle Award are the canine equivalents of centenarians—humans who are at least one hundred years old. You don’t have to have your Leonberger registered with the LCA or AKC to apply for the award—it’s open to all purebred Leonbergers around the world. You can also apply if your dog is deceased, as long as he lived past the age of twelve. If you have a twelve-year-old Leonberger, simply fill out a form on the LHFI website or send an email to

LHFI will ask for some information, including the registered name and call name of the dog; the breeder’s name, kennel name, address, and email; the dam’s registered name; the sire’s registered name; the owner’s name, address, and email; the birth date of the dog; and whether the dog is alive or dead. If the latter, they will want to know the cause of death. In addition, they would like you to write a one-paragraph tribute to the dog and send two (preferably high-resolution) photos—one head shot and one favorite photo.

For more information click here.

To see the 2019–2020 awardees, including Bronco, see the video below.

Bronco is the ninth Leonberger at 2:00 minutes.










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.

The image shows the front cover of my 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. Author is Thomas Wikman. Click on the image to go to the paperback location for the book.
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

16 replies on “Bronco and His Grey Muzzle Award”

Yes I agree. The Leonberger community really cherish the very old Leonbergers. One day maybe all giant breeds can live long. There are other awards that are sort of special for Leonbergers, carting (they are strong), searching for rodents (they have a very good sense of smell), and water rescue. We did not participate in any competition but Bronco would have been very good at it.

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Yes the giant breeds live much shorter lives. LHFI are working on that, not just for Leonbergers, but other giant breeds too. In the future perhaps giant breeds will live as long as the smaller breeds. 17 years is very long though for any breed. Congratulations.

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