American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Landseer


History

Time after time of being compared to the Newfounland breed, the Landseer breed finally has been proved to be a separate breed. Used for their incredible water skills prior to the 1800s, the Landseer dog made great companions on fishing boats helping aid in retrieving fishing nets as well as saving drowning people in the waters. Originating in Germany and Switzerland, this breed was and still is, extremely popular. As seen in a famous British painting dated back to 1883, you will find a Landseer dog resting out in front of the ocean, titled "A Distinguished Member Of Humane Society". Today, you will find hundreds of these dogs all over Europe as proud family members.

Appearance

The Landseer dog is a large breed dog, males weighing 130-150 pounds in weight, while females weigh in between 100-120 pounds in weight. Much smaller in size than the Newfoundland it is often compared to, males and females measure from 26-31 inches in height. Built hardly, and solid, this breed still has a very elegant and gentle essence to his or her presence when in the same room. Their wedge shaped head forms into a rectangular muzzle, while two pendant shaped ears gently fall along side of their head. Their two large eyes are typically only seen in black, along with their large black nose that ends their muzzle. Their thick, long hair should demonstrate a slight wave to its texture and is only available in a black and white color combination. Their coat is a double layer as well as water resistant to help them in the waters. Their paws are large and round and have a thick webbing in-between their toes. Their tail has excess hair feathering off of it as it is long and should be carried low and pointed towards the ground.

Temperament

With a "hero" like essence about this breed, the Landseer dog is a fantastic family addition to almost any family with the right about of space for this large breed. Loving, loyal, independent, obedient, brave, and reliable are all just a few words to describe this phenomenal breed. Eager to learn and easy to train, this breed is perfect around children of all ages that he or she grows up around, elderly, other pets and dogs. If you are looking for a breed that is well mannered, but when a bad situation arises, the dog will step up to the plate, than the Landseer Dog is for you. This breed is known to physically put him or herself in between its family and the intruder to protect its family. Literally putting its life on the line for its owner and loved ones. This breed is a true gem. Requiring a daily walk as well as other playtime for its physical activity during the day, or perhaps a visit to your local park where your Landseer can take a dip in the water. Positive reinforcement training methods are the only methods recommended for this breed.

Grooming

Daily combing is required due to their thick double layer coat. Bathe when needed but never too often as you will damage the natural water resistant coat this breed is born with. Professional grooming is recommended once to twice a year. This breed is an average shedder.

Special Notes

Please note, this breed requires a lot of drinking water daily. Always check its water supply and make sure he or she has clean water to drink from all day. Please fully educate yourself about the Landseer breed prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide all of the special requirements of this breed to make a life long commitment to your new addition. A properly installed fence is highly recommended for this breed. Do not add a new dog to your household unless you are able to provide both physical and financial care for the life of your new pet. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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