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Landseer: Personality, Health, Grooming

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About Landseer

Country of Origin, History of Landseers

Sir Edwin Henry Landseer was a notable figure in 19th Century British art. Landseer came to be the official name for the breed of Newfoundland dogs that the painter popularized in his paintings. The origin of the Landseer stems back to Germany and Switzerland. In the USA and Great Britain, the Landseer is considered the same breed as the Newfoundland.

However, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale and people in some European countries consider the Landseer as a breed totally different from the Newfoundland. There is no appearance of cross-breeding in Landseer’s dog; on the contrary, he reveals all the characteristics of a thoroughbred.

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A General Description of the Breed

The Landseer conveys the impression of being a tall, powerful and well-balanced dog. The white, wide muzzle is rather short and squared-off. The small triangular ears are pendant. The small eyes are dark brown. The nose is black. The feet are webbed for better swimming. The tail hangs down. The water-repellent long outer coat is flat, oily and slightly wavy with a thick oily undercoat. Dogs that live indoors, however, tend to lose their undercoats.


The top coat, with exception of the head, is long, straight and dense, soft to the touch. When brushed in the wrong way, it falls back into place naturally. The main color of the coat is a clear white with distinct black patches on body and croup. Collar, chest, belly, legs and tail are white. The head is black, with a white symmetrical blaze. It has a slight roll in gait.


Male: 28 ½ -31 ½ inches (72-80 cm.)
Female: 26 ½-28 ½ inches (67-72 cm.).


Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg)
Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54kg).

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Landseer Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.

Landseer Activity Level

How active is the breed?

This breed prefers lazing around the house and would be quite content to sleep away for hours at a stretch. However, it's very important to ensure that the dog gets its daily requirement of exercise so that it doesn't get overweight. A daily brisk walk should suffice. It also enjoys playing, swimming and frolicking with its owner.


The coat of the Landseer is thick and coarse, so daily brushing with a hard brush is necessary. The undercoat is shed twice a year, in the spring and fall. Frequent bathing will strip away the natural oils in the coat, so only dry shampoo is recommended.

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Health and Care

While the SWD seems to be a very healthy breed there are some issues that the SWD have, just like all other breeds. There are cases of Hip Dysplasia in the breed, so choose your breeder carefully.

All breeding dogs should have their hips tested, either by OFA or PennHIP. There have been a few cases of PRA reported in Europe so it is advised that all breeders should test their breeding stock for PRA and other such genetic eye diseases with a yearly CERF exam. A responsible breeder will be able to produce the results in writing.

Like other Water Dogs and related breeds, they grow hair in their ear canals and can be prone to ear infections. The ears must be kept dry and clean. . Because these dogs are (as a general rule) so active and energetic as puppies, they may seriously injure themselves from too much running and jumping when their skeletal structure is still developing.

National Breed Clubs

Life Expectancy: The Landseer is expected to live for around 10 years.

Group: mastiff Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not Recognized BY AKC

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  • How to lead and think like a pack dog - the new psychology.

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