Basics of Dog Breed: Landseer

Posted on April 17 2019

Basics of Dog Breed: Landseer-WOPET

The Landseer is a large dog characterized by its robustness and harmonious forms. Rather high on legs, including the male, the Landseer has clear pace and long strides.

Race history

The Landseer is believed to have come from crosses between Newfoundland and Pyrenean Mountain Dogs . It owes its name to the British painter Edwin Landseer (1802-1873), who painted many paintings representing dogs with the appearance evoking that of this race. After a great success in England during the 19th century, the Landseer experienced a sharp decline in interest towards the beginning of the following century. Breeders from Switzerland, Germany and Austria have nevertheless endeavored to preserve the breed. This was definitively recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on August 24, 1960.

Physical characteristics

Its hair is long, dense, smooth and thin, associated with a less dense undercoat than in Newfoundland.
Its color: mostly white with discontinuous black plates on the trunk and rump. The head is black, with a white muzzle including a symmetrical white spot from one end to the other.
Its head: of noble expression, covered with short and fine hairs, without wrinkles. The skull is broad and massive, the stop net, but less pronounced than in the Saint-Bernard. The truffle is black, the chops dry and very black, the cheeks moderately developed.
Its ears: medium-sized, triangular in shape, tied high, well applied on the sides of the head, furnished with a fine and short hair.
Its eyes :brown to dark brown, medium size, moderately deep, with a friendly and sweet expression.
Its body:  wide, robust. The back is firm and straight, the kidney muscular, the rump broad and well rounded, the chest deep and wide, the belly little raised.
Its tail: thick, furnished with a tight and tight hair, hanging at rest, moving when the dog is in action.

Behavior with others

The Landseer is a loving and sociable dog . He is known for his great calm , but also for ease in the water, like his cousin Newfoundland. The Landseer appreciates family life and the company of children . Although he does not especially have a watchdog soul, his impressive physique may be enough to deter any stranger from entering his territory.


Although his calm and kindness make his education easier, he is  less obedient than Newfoundland . His education therefore requires  a good dose of firmness , but without violence.

Living conditions

The Landseer is suitable mainly for experienced masters , because it is not easy to be obeyed by this type of dog, even if it has a rather mild temperament. He will always prefer to live in a house with a large garden than in an apartment, because of his need for space and activity. If it is sufficiently walk and stimulated, it can adapt to an urban environment.


The Landseer is a sturdy dog ​​with strong health . Thanks to its double coat, it is well protected against the cold and especially the water, element where it is also showing to its advantage. As with all large dogs, the risk of hip dysplasia should be monitored.

Maintenance and hygiene

The Landseer remains subject to 2 moults a year giving rise to significant hair loss. The supplied dog's dress requires regular maintenance during and outside these moulting periods.

It is recommended to  brush the dog every week . During moulting, brushing is done  2-3 times a week to remove dead hair. Do not neglect the areas behind the ears, the fringes garnishing the limbs and armpits, where knots can form. The  Landseer will only wash if it is too dirty . After a swim at sea, just rinse with clear water.

Physical activity

The Landseer needs  long daily walks to stretch his legs  and breathe. Although he is naturally calm, he must be able to remain active and stimulated.

Price and budget

The purchase price of a Landseer is between 1000€ and 1200€.

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