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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Mountain group.


Approximately 40-75 kg.


Approximately 67-80 cm.


White with black patches and other black markings.


The outer coat is long, straight and soft, and is accompanied by an undercoat.



Intelligent and active, Landseers love to help out their masters in a variety of ways. These dogs love participating in activities with their family members and particularly enjoy swimming and other forms of exercise. Generally quite gentle, Landseers are pleasant and loyal companions.

Country of Origin:



While the Landseer E.C.T. (European Continental Type) is considered by many kennel clubs to be a variant of the black and white Newfoundland breed, it is officially recognized by the FCI as a distinct breed of its own. In the late eighteenth century, large numbers of Newfoundland dogs were exported to England where they helped fishermen tow nets and performed water rescues. Through crossbreeding with black Newfoundlanders, the distinct Landseer breed was developed. The first pure Landseer puppy was likely born in Holland around 1893.


The Landseer breed was named for Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, a British painter, after he painted a famous picture called "The Distinguished Member of the Humane Society," which depicted a Landseer dog.


The Landseer has a calm temperament and is quite self-assured rather than nervous. This breed tends to be quite independent and requires more love and patience than firm training.



Landseers are intelligent dogs that require gentle, loving training.


These dogs are highly active and need to walk and/or swim daily.


Potential owners should keep in mind that Landseers have a high exercise requirement and need plenty of daily activity. In fact, the Landseer ECT is much more active than the Landseer-Newfoundland and often remains quite active throughout its entire life. These dogs particularly love to swim and are known to jump in the water to rescue their swimming family members even when a rescue is not required.


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