This breed is named after the English artist and engraver Sir Edwin Landseer, because this dog is depicted in many of his paintings.
The Landseer's ancestor is the Newfoundland, but the dog was officially declared a separate breed in 1928 and was recognized by the International Dog Federation in 1960 under the influence of German, Swiss and Dutch farmers. It is believed that it is a cross between Newfoundland and the Pyrenean mountain dog.
In the early 19th century the Landseerwasmostlywidespread in England. The breed was almost extinct but thanks to Germany and Switzerland, and later to Austria, it was saved. In October 1902 in Vevey, Switzerland, the first litter was born. The parents were brought from England, but have already been crossed with the Newfoundland.
Although the First World War was disastrous for the emerging new breed, a small group of farmers managed to save it from extinction and today, puppies for sale are offered by many Kennels in Europe.
The Landseer is a big, healthy dog with harmonious forms. It looks very much like the Newfoundland, but with more elongated paws. In fact, the legs of the Landseer are better developed, the head is not so massive, and the second layer of fur is not as thick. The head is wide, the eyes are brown, almond-shaped. The ears are triangular in shape, medium sized, close to the head. The limbs are very strong, the tail is thick.
The Landseer's coat is long, smooth and fine to the touch. The main color is sparkling white with black spots on the body and hindquarters. The head is black, with a white spot on the muzzle. Males are 72 to 80 cm high, females - 67 to 72 cm. The average weight ranges from 50 to 70 kg.
The paws are webbed, because it is a water dog. It feels great in aquatic environment, swims well and is very durable. Landseer can help fishermen in rivers, hunters in swampy areas, and rescue people from drowning.
Regardless of its large size, the gait of the Landseer is light and smooth.
Character and behavior
The Landseer is temperamental and has very highly developed skills for rescue. It is friendly, noble and very calm dog, a clever animal that loves family life and does not like to stay alone.Famous poet Lord Byron has devoted a verse to the Landseer's character: "Courage without Ferocity, and all the virtues of men without their shortcomings."
Training and education
The Landseer can be trained very easily if you are persistent and attentive. You must show your puppy that you are in charge from the beginning.
It is a loving dog that sometimes even manifests proprietary feelings. Strongly attached to the family and can sometimes show aggression to other dogs. The Landseer rarely barks. It can be trained to assist blind people.
Grooming and care
It is recommended to raise your Landseer in the yard, because of its size. Several walks a day and water games will be good for the puppy. It should have a lot of exercise and swim whenever possible. This breed does not tolerate living in an apartment.
The Landseer ishealthierthan the Newfoundland. There have been rare cases of hip dysplasia. In the beginning, you should select food portions very carefully because poor nutrition affects the growth of the dog and the body's resistance.
The average life expectancy is about 11 years.
Children and other pets
This dog loves the family and especially children. The Landseer is not a good watchdog, although its appearance is frightening. It is known for its friendliness, gentleness and tranquility always trying to please its masters.
This dog is generally tolerant to other dogs, unless they are aggressive towards its owner.
One of the most beautiful paintings with images of dogs is the work of F. Landseer "A worthy member of human society." The artist didn't suspect that portraying this wonderful black and white dog will lead to the breeding of an animal. bearing his name.