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The Landseer, a dog not to be confused with the Newfoundland

The Landseer is often confused with the Newfoundland. And for good reason, these two cousins are very similar. Except that the Landseer is much less well known although it is just as affectionate and sociable.

Characteristics of the Landseer

Of molossoid type, the Landseer is a dog of imposing size. A female can easily measure between 67 and 72 cm while a male peaks between 72 and 80 cm. The weight of the dog is between 50 and 70 kg. The Landseer shares with the Newfoundland this look of big massive teddy bear with harmonious forms. The head is not very different from the rest of the body. It remains massive without being heavy. Displaying a beautiful expression of nobility, it has a broad skull, a visible stop and a large black nose. The head is devoid of folds. The eyes are neither too big nor too small, just enough to give balance to the Landseer's face. His soft and friendly look makes many people fall in love with him. His ears are triangular and of medium size. And as for the coat, it is long, smooth and dense. The coat is white with black markings.

History of the Landseer breed

The Landseer is said to be a descendant of the Newfoundland. But in truth, it is rather the opposite, because the race would be much older and rustic. The breed originated in Great Britain and is also growing in Norway. The Landseer almost became extinct after the Great War. Fortunately, in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, breeders became interested in the breed and re-launched breeding programs in the 20th century. In France, its success is made towards the years 1990. On the other hand, in countries such as Canada or the United States, the Landseer is little known. Worse, it is not considered a breed in its own right. However, this dog was officially recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in 1960.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Landseer

The Landseer will never say "no" to a play session or cuddle. It is a perfect pet that brings joy to its family. He is sociable, affectionate, calm and loves children. On the other hand, it can have a temper from time to time, which can complicate its education. However, we must not neglect this aspect, because a dog of 70 kg that jumps on us may create an unmanageable situation. The Landseer is also very comfortable in the water, which is why it will flourish living near a lake or the sea.

Feeding and main problems of the Landseer

Its large size exposes the Landseer to certain diseases such as hip dysplasia or stomach dilatation. It can also be subject to a heart malformation called aortic stenosis. In addition, it is advisable to watch for eyelid disorders such as ectropion and entropion as well as bladder stones.