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Leonberger Dog Complete Owner’s Manual

Followers of my blog probably know that I sometimes review Leonberger books, and on occasion other types of books. This time I am reviewing Leonberger, Leonberger Dog Complete Owners Manual. Leonberger book for care, costs, feeding, grooming, health and training. May 31, 2015 by George Hoppendale (Author), Asia Moore (Author). The paperback is 186 pages, black and white, ISBN‏‎ 978-1910941003, item weight 9.1 ounces, dimensions 6 x 0.41 x 9m inches. You can buy it from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and it exist in both printed version (paperback) and e-Book (kindle). Currently the paperback version is $12.58 on Amazon and $13.97 on Barnes and the kindle version is $8.97.

Photo of front cover of Leonberger Dog Complete Owner’s Manual by George Hoppendale and Asia Moore. Click on the photo to go to the Amazon page for the book.
Leonberger Dog Complete Owner’s Manual by George Hoppendale and Asia Moore. Click on the photo to go to the Amazon page for the book.

Our Leonberger Bronco lived a long life for a Leonberger. He was the sweetest most loving and brave soul I’ve known, and he was quite intelligent. The average life span of a Leonberger is 8 years and Bronco was two weeks short of 13 years old when we had to put him to sleep. I read this book while we still had Bronco and later on, I read it again. The first four chapters of the book are fairly specific to Leonbergers, including a description of Leonbergers, how to choose a breeder, and some vital statistics. The next five chapters apply to any dogs but still contain some information about Leonbergers regarding health problems, feeding and care. Chapter 10 to 18 apply to any dog and describes training, grooming, medical care, poisonous food and caring for aging dogs. The book also lists rescue organizations, resources and references.

Photo of page 6 of the book Leonberger Dog Complete Owner’s Manual by George Hoppendale and Asia Moore. Click on the photo to go to the Barnes and Noble page for the book.
Page 6 of Leonberger Dog Complete Owner’s Manual by George Hoppendale and Asia Moore. Click on the photo to go to the Barnes and Noble page for the book.

I should say that the authors did not own a Leonberger and they wrote a lot of dog books for many different breeds containing similar content. However, a lot of dog book authors have done this. They basically mass produce dog books reusing material. In some Leonberger books the breed specific information minor and incorrect, as if the authors had never seen a Leonberger and copied their information from an online source focused on Pugs. Yes you really have to watch out when you buy a Leonberger book. It might not be about Leonbergers at all. At least the authors of this book included substantial Leonberger information that was mostly correct. Another consideration is that if you write about Leonbergers you have to include some information that is apply to all dogs or the information will be insufficient.

The book is fairly basic, but it contains useful and important information, some of it that I did not know before reading it. The book contains an error on page 120 where they are referring to Leonbergers as “smaller dogs”. I believe that is a copy and paste error, maybe from their Pug book. However, the book describes Leonbergers as being big (120lbs to 170lbs) everywhere else in the book, so this is obviously just a typo. The book was well written, easy to read, and as a (former) Leonberger owner I think it was a good introduction to caring for a Leonberger (as well as other dogs). The fact that the paperback version was in black and white was a little bit of a disappointment, but the color printing cost is quite high. There are better Leonberger books, but I still recommend this book because it contains mostly correct information, and it is inexpensive.

I gave it four stars on Amazon.  Some people may think that four stars might be high based on what I’ve said. However, based on all the Leonberger books I’ve read, and I’ve read many; if you go any cheaper on your Leonberger book you are going to get a book with nothing but nonsense.

Finally, I would like to promote my book about Bronco and Leonbergers. It has a lot of color photos, amusing Leonberger stories, and Leonberger information that has been verified and is also based on personal information.

Image of the the front cover of the book "The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle". Click on the image to go to the Amazon.com location for the book.
This is the front cover of the book “The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle”. Click on the image to go to the Amazon.com location for the book.
Image of the back cover of the book "The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle". Click on the image to go to the Amazon.se location for the book.
This is the back cover of the book “The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle”. Click on the image to go to the Amazon.se location for the book.
Image showing the endorsements for the book. Click on the image to got to the Barnes and Noble location for the book.
These are the endorsements for the book. Click on the image to got to the Barnes and Noble location for the book.

Below is a list of where you can find the book. Click on the links to go to the respective store. However, if your favorite bookstore is not listed below you can search for it using the ISBN or ASIN numbers.

ISBN number for printed edition: 978-0998084954

ASIN number for the e-book edition: B0B5NN32SR