"Essig, a dog breeder and seller from Leonberg in southwestern Germany, originally bred the Leonberger from the Newfoundland (the Landseer type, with black/white marks), Saint Bernard, and Pyrenean Mountain Dog"
Ah, the Grand Pyrenees. I saw them in, oddly, the Pyrenees when I was bike touring in Spain- or rather, in the subsidiary chain of 'mountains' (soi-disant: a Canadian has trouble with European definitions of same) from Burgos to Leon. They look like snowbanks lying across the road. A guy came into my bank once with one, high as his waist and five feet long. We got to talking. "I heard a noise one night but knew I could take my time getting downstairs to check it out. Sure enough-- this guy was pressed against the wall, and Daisy here was just leaning on him."