Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland Comparison - Dog breed selector: Gentle Giant or Alpine Mastiff or Blackbear? Find the right dog for you

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Name Leonberger St. Bernard Newfoundland
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Gentle Giant
Gentle Lion
Leonbergi
Leo
Alpine Mastiff
Bernhardiner
St. Barnhardshund
St. Bernard
Saint
Blackbear
Newfie
The Gentle Giant
Newf
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland? Which is more expensive?
$1500-$2000 $1500-$1800 $1500-$2000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?
Frequent: The Leonberger is easier than average to get.
Very frequent: The St.
Very frequent: The Newfoundland is quite easy to get.

Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland? Which is the smallest dog, Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?
Giant Giant Giant
Weight
Which is heavier, Leonberger or St. Bernard or St. Bernard? Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland weight comparison:
Male: 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) 110-200 pounds (50-91 kg) Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 150 pounds (68 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) 155 pounds (70.5 kg) Male: 140 pounds (63.5 kg), Female: 110 pounds (49.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland? Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland height comparison:
Male: 29-31 inches (74-80 cm), Female: 27-29 inches (61-74 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (61-70 cm) Male: 27-29 inches (69-74 cm), Female: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (67.5 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (65.5 cm) Male: 28 inches (71.5 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm)

Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland coat comparison:
Waterproof Dense
Rough
Smooth
Fluffy
Waterproof
Thick
Colors
What are the original Leonberger, St. Bernard and Newfoundland color?
Red
Sandy
Reddish
Brown
Yellow
Mahogany
Brown
Red
White
Brindle
Tricolor
Black
Gray
Brown
White
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland? Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland grooming comparison:
Average: The Leonberger requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The St.
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Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland? Leonberger or St. Bernard or {name3 shedding:
Leonberger dogs are heavy shedders.
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St.
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Newfoundland dogs are heavy shedders.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland? Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland behavior/temperament comparison:
Adaptable
Fearless
Loyal
Companionable
Loving
Obedient
Friendly
Independent
Going
Social
Gentle
Happy
Quiet
Cheerful
Intelligent
Social
Gentle
Courageous
Loyal
Sweet
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland intelligence:
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Smart: The Newfoundland dogs have great intelligence.
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Trainability
Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland trainability comparison.
Leonberger dogs are quite easy to train.
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A slightly harder to train than average.
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Newfoundland dogs are easy to train.
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Playfulness
Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland playfulness comparison:
The Leonberger is a playful breed.
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St.
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Average: Newfoundlands, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Sensitive: St.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland?
High: Leonberger dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: St.
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Average to High: Newfoundland dogs are highly affectionate dogs.
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Social Needs
Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland social needs comparison:
Leonberger dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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St.
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Newfoundland dogs are a social breed.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland?
Low: The Leonberger barks none to minimal.
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Low: The St.
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Low to Average: The Newfoundland rarely barks.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?
Leonberger dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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St.
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Newfoundland dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Leonberger dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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St.
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Newfoundland dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Leonberger has a low chance of biting somebody.

Moderate

The St.

Low 🔽

The Newfoundland has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Leonberger bite force: The Strongest.

Above 400 PSI 🔼

St.

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Newfoundland bite force: The Strongest.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland mouthiness comparison:
Leonberger dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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St.
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Newfoundland dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Leonberger dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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St.
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Newfoundland dogs have average wanderlust potential.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Leonberger dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Their prey drive is low.
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Newfoundland dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Leonberger breed.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep St.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Newfoundland indoors.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Average: Leonberger dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
St.
Newfoundland dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?
Leonberger dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
St.
Newfoundland dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland? Which dog is more friendly?
Leonberger dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
St.
Newfoundland dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Leonberger dogs are generally with other pets.
St.
Newfoundland dogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?
Leonberger dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
St.
Newfoundland dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?
Leonberger dogs are average friendly towards cats.
St.
Newfoundland dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?
Leonberger dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
St.
Newfoundland dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland?
Yes
Leonberger dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
St.
Yes
Newfoundland dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Leonberger is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
St.
No
Newfoundland is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Leonbergers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
St.
Newfoundlands are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland Health Comparison

Health Issues
Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland health comparison. Which is the healthier: Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland?
Leonbergers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland health problems comparison:
Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cancer
Ectropion
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Eosinophilic Panosteitis
Hip Dysplasia
Inherited Polyneuropathy
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Cystinuria
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Frequent
The Leonberger should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Rare
The St.
Rare
The Newfoundland should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Life Expectancy
Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland lifespan comparison. How long do Leonberger, St. Bernard and Newfoundland breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
8-10 years
The average lifespan of Leonberger: 9 years
8-10 years
The average lifespan of St.
9-13 years
The average lifespan of Newfoundland: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland? Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland energy level comparison:
Leonberger dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
St.
Newfoundland dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Leonberger dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
St.
Newfoundland dogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?
Leonberger dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
St.
Newfoundland dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland?
8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Leonberger's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the St.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Newfoundland's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland?
Prefers cold weather
The Leonberger can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Prefers cold weather
The Newfoundland can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland?

Medium

The Leonberger has an average chance of bad smell.

High 🔼

The St.

High 🔼

The Newfoundland has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Leonberger is an average drooler.
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The St.
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The Newfoundland is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
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Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Leonberger or St. Bernard or Newfoundland? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland?

Not really

Leonberger breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

St.
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Yes

Newfoundland breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military Dog

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Leonberger and St. Bernard and Newfoundland have?
6-8 puppies 6-8 puppies 4-12 puppies

Leonberger vs St. Bernard vs Newfoundland Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club

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