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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Working    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , ,


Size: Large     Weight: 110-165 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & White


Life Expectancy: 12-16 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Not good for warm climate.

Breed Details


The Landseer is often mistaken as a colour variant of Newfoundland Dog but it has been recognised as a separate breed by FCI. It is a large dog that is named after a famous British painter, Sir Edwin Henry Landseer who created a painting (titled : A Distinguished member of Humane society) in 1838 which shows this dog saving a man from drowning. This breed originated in Germany and Switzerland.

The Landseer is a tall, powerful and well balanced dog with a sweet disposition. It stands between 26.5 to 31.5 inches and weighs around 110-165 lbs. A massive and wrinkle free head starts off this breed and leads to broad skull and short but strong muzzle. It has a black nose. Almond shaped, medium size eyes come in light or dark brown colour and hold friendly expression. Medium size, triangular shaped ears are set high on head and come with rounded tips. The dog has broad and muscular neck, straight and level back and muscular loin. Deep and broad chest has well sprung ribs. The belly is slightly tucked up. Moderately long tail is well covered with dense and bushy hair. It is carried down when dog is at rest and straight when the dog is in motion or excited. This breed has a long double coat all over the body with exception of head. It comes in predominant white colour with black patches all over the body.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI as a separate breed.


The breed has clear white colour with black patches on body. Breed standard calls for collar, fore-chest, belly, legs and tail to be white.


The Landseer comes in a double coat. Topcoat is long, dense, straight and soft to touch and uniformly distributed all over the body with the exception of head. The short undercoat is flat and coarse textured. It is oily and water resistant.


The Landseer is known for its noble appearance, friendly nature and human orientation. A devoted family pet, the dog is regarded as gentle giant. It is very loving breed that forms strong bond with its family. It likes to be around the family, ideally acting as a lap dog and being affectionately patted. It is very gentle, considerate and playful with children and can be assigned a baby sitter role without any hesitation. This dog is naturally protective and will defend its family from any threat. It makes a very good watch and guard dog as this dog can differentiate between a guest and potential intruder. It will bravely counter any threat to its family with courage. This intelligent and eager to please dog is very easy to train as this dog learns fast. The dog loves to play and be part of the family. The Landseer is a large dog but will fit into an apartment life due to its lazy nature. It is not a very active dog and will prefer to laze around instead of going outdoor to play and run. With an excellent nose and love for water, the breed makes an excellent retriever dog that is equally adept in retrieving from land or water. It is an excellent family companion that loves to be around its family most of the time.


Long coat of this dog needs regular brushing to remove tangles and dead hair from the coat. Bath only when necessary.


The Landseer is an obedient, intelligent, eager to please and responsive breed that will be easy to train. Positive training methods will yield most out of this dog.


This dog loves swimming but otherwise, it is not a very active dog. Infact, it can be termed as a lazy breed that likes to be indoor most of the time. If swimming is not possible, the dog should be taken for daily walks.

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