Other names: Landseer Newfoundland, Landseer ECT (European Continental Type)
There is more to distinguish the Landseer from the ‘common or garden’ Newfoundland dog than her colour. Yes, she’s black and white, compared to the purely black or brown standard Newfoundland, but her legs are a bit longer, too. See! Totally different dog! Yet depending where you are standing, some regard her as a spin-off of the Newfoundland, and others an altogether separate breed. Well, when she sits on you there will be less chance for fuss, because this gentle giant is enormous and full of love. Even if she’s relatively little trouble pound-for-pound, a dog of this size is always going to need a little special attention. Do you have room in your heart – and in your home – for a Landseer?
Key facts about the Landseer
Origins and history
Developed in the north of Canada, the Landseer is an off-shoot of the Newfoundland, and probably has bits of St. Bernard, English Mastiff, and Great Pyrenees about her as well as the extinct, indigenous Newfoundland dog, the St. John’s. She is named for Sir Edwin Landseer, who painted her in 1838 (which is to say he made a portrait of her, not that he’s the one that added the white spots to her coat).
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs
Section 2 : Molossian type
Physical characteristics of the Landseer
Female : Between 26 and 28 in
Male : Between 28 and 31 in
Female : Between 110 and 154 lb
Male : Between 110 and 154 lb
Black and white.
Type of coat
Straight, dense double coat.
An ‘absolute unit,’ as the contemporary turn of phrase has it, this bi-coloured giant is unruly of hair and lumbersome of limb, yet noble and dignified with it. Her short, muscular neck leads to broad, powerful shoulders and eventually round to a neatly tucked belly; though you may lose sight of her line through that soft, heavy fur. This softness is magnified through her deep-set eyes, square face, and friendly expression. Her ears are flappy and fringey: bliss.
Good to know
This dog really loves swimming. Although it’s not essential for her well-being, living near water will make her very happy.
This is a very good family dog who knows how to be affectionate when the members of her social group respect her.
She is more gentle and serene than playful, but she won’t turn her nose up at a hug and a game.
A well-trained Landseer is a calm dog indeed.
She is a very skilful dog who is often used as a rescue dog thanks to her ability to work in the water.
The Landseer is not noted for her hunting instincts.
Fearful / wary of strangers
She is a protector at heart; in fact, she is naturally suspicious of people she does not know because they could represent a possible danger.
The Landseer can work independently but this capacity rarely asserts itself in the form of stubbornness, as it does in other independent dogs.
Behaviour of the Landseer
She isn’t bothered by solitude, and can quite happily lie down and watch her surroundings.
Easy to train / obedience
Although she is very kind and affectionate, she has a very strong temperament that sometimes makes education complicated, especially if too brutal and inappropriate methods are used.
She can bark to be even more intimidating than her size already makes her.