Landseer European Continental Type

The Landseer is a large dog breed originating in Europe, characterized by its elegant appearance and its black and white coat. It is an affectionate and protective breed, ideal for family life.

General details

Their weight ranges from 60 to 80 kg for males and 50 to 70 kg for females. Their height at the withers can vary between 72 and 80 cm for males and between 67 and 72 cm for females. The average life expectancy of this breed is between 8 and 10 years. They belong to Group 2 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) which includes Pinscher and Schnauzer type dogs, Molosser and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Landseer dog breed (continental European type) originated in Europe and is a variant of the European water dog, whose history dates back to the Middle Ages. The breed was very popular in 19th century England, thanks to its elegant appearance and aquatic abilities, and was used in fishing and rescue work. Over time, the breed has adapted to different roles, such as companion and guard dog, and has been used in some countries as a therapy and water rescue dog. Today, Landseers are highly valued for their affable character and large size, making them excellent family dogs.

Breed characteristics

The Landseer is a large, strong dog breed, similar in appearance to the St. Bernard. Its head is large and broad, with hanging triangular ears and expressive dark eyes. It has a robust, muscular body, with a straight back and strong, straight legs. The coat is long and soft, with a dense undercoat and a thick, water-resistant outer coat in shades of black and white. The Landseer is known to be a kind, gentle and balanced dog. It is an intelligent and obedient breed, which makes it easy to train. They are protective and loyal to their family, showing a friendly and sociable nature with both members of their household and strangers.

Common health problems

The Landseer dog breed can be prone to some hereditary diseases, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, von Willebrand's disease, progressive retinal atrophy and dilated cardiomyopathy.

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