Italiano del Leonberger
Official web site:
Vice President :
Marta Melloni, Chiara Ricci, Lena Inga Karlsson , Iacopo Basagni,
ALessandro Rufini .
Marco Brioni firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of club
Leos registered with E.N.C.I. In 2011: 134
Number of club members (2012):
Dr. Guido Perosino
Mrs. Stefania Bonati
|The history of the Leonberger in
Italy starts shortly after the beginning of the breed:
Italian heroe Giuseppe Garibaldi had a Leonberger as well
as the King Umberto I, in the IXX century.
The recent histroy of the breed starts at the end of
the II World War when a Leonberger dog named Pinko was
left in Italy by his german master, an Official of the
III Reich, while the army was fleeting from the country.
At the end of fifties, the first Leonberger was imported
from Germany by Mr. Dante Visioli, then Mr. and Mrs.
Bonazzola imported a couple and started to show and also
bred few puppies that were the head of the activity of
two kennels. In almost ten years, though, this first
beginning of a national breeding stopped and no one of
these blood lines was preserved in the next time.
We have to wait the birth of the Club Italiano del
Leonberger in 1987 to see the real start of a serious
activity in Leonbergers.
The founder of the Club, Dr. Guido Perosino, and his
former dogs represent the true beginning of a solid
interest around the breed in Italy.
The most famous bitch that has the responsability of the
ideal mothership of the breed was imported from Mr.
Gerhard Zerle's kennel in Germany, her name was Ophelia
She was a charming, beautiful bitch that had one of the
most successful and important showing career both in
Italy and in many European countries. After Ophelia many
breed champions gave birth to the first strong group of
stud dogs in the country.
Today the Club is formed by 200 members about. The Board
is supported by a Breeding Committee that works on the
improvemnet of the breed with a strictly technical
Every year a Club Show is organized with the
partecipation of dogs from many european countries.
Starting in the year 2000 the Club assigns a prestigeous
international "Millenium Leonberger Award" to
the most important persons of the Leo World.
The Club publishes a periodical magazine, called "Leoclub".