There are hundreds of dog breeds around the world, and each has its own unique characteristics and personalities. Meanwhile, there are some that have a strong resemblance to wild animals. One large pet dog in Norway has been constantly mistaken for a bear, claims its owner.
Runny, a 1-year-old Leonberger, who stays with her owner, Marit Lillejordet, in Oslo, is known to shock curious walkers when she is on a stroll in the forests with her huge demeanor.
The gentle giant, who weighs 110 pounds (approx. 50 kg), has often been mistaken for a bear roaming around the forests, according to The Daily Star. Lillejordet said: “Many people stop and talk to us when we meet them. They also say she is beautiful and ask how much she eats.”
Meanwhile, others who are not familiar with the breed “think I’m walking a bear in the woods!” her owner added.
However, not only does Runny resemble a bear, but she is also known to show some bear-like characteristics, such as taking joy in long walks in the forest and also finding pleasure taking a cool dip in the lakes, said her 57-year-old owner.
Although Runny boasts a large persona, she actually adores and enjoys the company of other dogs and humans.
Lillejordet, who is a mental health therapist by profession, said: “She is kind to everyone she meets, both humans and other dogs.”
“You can see it in her face and her wagging tail that she is a very kind girl,” Lillejordet further added.
This is not surprising, as the characteristics of the Leonberger are that they are brave, intelligent, steady, and affectionate dogs known for their calm and stable nature. These extremely loyal creatures truly love their family, are highly trustworthy, and have incredible patience. One of their most noteworthy features is that they are more active and coordinated compared to other giant-dog breeds.
Lillejordet totally adores this dog breed. She revealed, according to the Daily Star, “I have had Leonberger for 27 years and I am deeply in love with this breed.”
Runny, who was born in January 2019 according to her Instagram page, is expected to still grow bigger in size as she grows older. It is believed that she will weigh around close to 121–132 pounds (approx. 55–60 kg) when she is fully grown.
Lillejordet often chronicles Runny’s playful antics on Instagram ranging from her enjoying snow to a lovely night with a campfire in the forest. In some of the pictures, Runny is seen playing with other dogs. Lillejordet said, according to The Daily Star, “She loves to play with other dogs—big and small. She is really a gentle giant.”
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