Just kidding, this lion-like dog was bred as a regal companion for kings by Heinrich Essig in Leonberg, Germany. They’re bred from the Saint Bernard and the Landseer Newfoundland so the first ones were actually black and white. The goal of a regal status symbol breed was met, as famous owners of Leonbergers include King Edward VII, Napoleon III, and Tsar Nicholas II. Leonbergers were also favored by composers including Richard Wagner and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Nowadays the Leonberger is a much-loved family dog who is gentle and happy as a companion and diligent as a watch dog. Considered a giant breed, it can stand over 31 inches at the shoulder and weigh as much as a full grown man!