As things went
very well for the Leonberger after WW II and Leos again were
finding fanciers of the breed in other countries, the breed was recognized
by FCI in 1955 and clubs were
founded outside Germany (France in 1963, Holland in 1966 and
Switzerland in 1969).Communications
between these diverse clubs was almost always quite good.
The population of the breed was not very large, so in 1974 Holland and
Switzerland proposed formation of a European Union of Leonberger Clubs and
therefore allow the Clubs to join forces. In 1975 the Union was founded under
the name "European Union fur Leonberger Hunde". Delegations from the clubs in
Holland, Switzerland, and Germany, as well as Leolovers from Austria, Denmark, France and Italy were present.
France joined the Union some time later, since the official
French club did not want to join the Union and a dissident club
did want to join, but was not accepted. Luckily after some
time the two french clubs eventualy came together and France
became a full member of the Union.
Every year a meeting of representatives from the Union
member countries and a club show are held during the last weekend
In 1978 clubs were founded in Denmark, Belgium and Austria that
joined the Union.
In 1982 Sweden followed, in 1987 Italy. In 1988 Czech Republic, Fiuland,
Slovak Republic and the United
Kingdom became members, followed by Norway in 1990, Spain in 1995, Hungary in
1998 and Russia in 1999. New Zealand joined the Union in 2003.
The Leonberger Club of Canada joined in 2007, the Leonberger Club of Ireland
joined with observer status in 2007 and got full membership in 2011. Estonia
joined the Union in 2013.
There are currently 20 member nations from Europe, Asia and North America. A real sense of partnership and excellent communications
is maintained throughout the Union membership.
Willi Güllix is now President of the Union.