The leonberger is a large, muscular and elegant dog distinguished by a black mask and medium-length, weather-resistant coat of lion-yellow to reddish-brown color. Males and females are easily distinguished by size, with males carrying a lion-like mane. The leonberger combines confident calmness with intelligence and a lively temperament. For its size, the leonberger is graceful and light on its feet. Originating in Leonberg – or modern day Baden-Württemberg, Germany – in the mid-19th century, the leonberger was kept as a farm dog and valued for its watch and draft abilities. Today, the leonberger is an excellent family companion, comfortably performing a wide variety of jobs.