Large. Strikingly large and very present. This is the Landseer. A Molosser is a very powerful and massive dog with an average lifespan of 9-11 years. Males have a shoulder height of 72 to 80 centimeters and weigh up to 75 kilograms. The bitches are still 67 to 72 centimeters tall and weigh between 50 and 55 kilograms.
Despite its size, the dog walks lightly and stands in a direct line with Newfoundland. The history of the Landseer is as varied as the stories about this dog breed. Its origin in Germany and Switzerland is unanimously determined. In the early 1900’s dog, breeders from both countries were busy rebuilding the dying line of white and black Newfoundland dogs.
It made sense to adopt the name Landseer, which had previously given the name to the white-black color variety. Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, born in London in 1802 and died there in 1873, is a well-known personality of his decade as a painter of animals and landscapes as well as a sculptor.
The Landseer owes its breed name to its fondness for portraying dogs. In 1960 the dog entered the FCI list of domestic dogs under number 226. Extensive blobs of black color are draped over the white base color of the smooth and rather fine topcoat.
The head is solid black with a more or less pronounced white blaze. The topcoat is slightly wavy and interspersed with a dense undercoat – during a warm summer, this is sometimes too much of a good thing. In order to avoid matting, regular grooming is recommended – depending on the character of the fur wearer, brushing can be done every day.
Character & Temperament of the Landseer
The Landseer is a balanced, calm, and intelligent large dog. He always has to be close to people. With his family. In a house with a large, fenced yard – the greatest thing for the water lover would be a pond, alternatively the vicinity of a body of water.
The swimming giant has a tendency to drool, so keep that in mind. A lot of attention, safe leadership, and a task are his elixirs of life.
Landseer is used as avalanche and water rescue dogs, the preference for water and the rescue instinct is in their genes. In addition, they are increasingly being trained as therapy support dogs. Excellent social behavior, lack of fear, and aggressiveness, combined with a high stimulus threshold, give the alert dog the best prerequisites for this. The family dog has a well-dosed guardian instinct and is reserved towards strangers.
As a farm and house dog, he has an easy time with his appearance and silhouette alone and sets clear signals. He rarely barks, never without reason, and very persistently. The Landseer is not as stoic here as Newfoundland. However, as with any dog, training is a must. It does not present the dog owner with any insurmountable cliffs.
The training should be designed lovingly and consistently and start as early as possible. Because the strong and spirited dog can really pick up speed, a companion dog test is always advisable. Both sides gain security and this training protects the big one from the wrong track of being able to claim a leadership role.
The Landseer is eager to learn, sensitive, and wants to please the pack – this includes children who respect him. The Landseer likes an outdoor life, but not without his or her people.
He also loves to accompany her on everyday journeys: to the bakery, to the grocery store, to a restaurant. His nature allows this, the size can sometimes be a hindrance. With regard to the latter, Landseer beginners are recommended to calculate the appropriate feed rations for the animal at least once – this way there are no nasty surprises.