The Landseer is a tall, powerful and well balanced dog. This breed is elegant, harmonious, agile and hardy. The water-repellent long outer coat is flat, oily and slightly wavy with a thick oily undercoat. Living outside these dogs tend to loose their undercoats. The top coat with exception of the head, should be long and as straight and dense as possible, soft to the touch, with good undercoat, which is not as dense as in the black Newfoundland. The main color of the coat is a clear white with distinct black patches on body and croup. Collar, forechest, belly, legs and tail is white.
The Landseer dog is named as the gentle giant of the dog world. Although this dog is lovingly referred to as a couch potato, he/she is very hardworking and strives to please their owners. These dogs are loyal and trustworthy, make wonderful companions, are wonderful with children. They are known for their wonderful disposition, and are extremely patient unless provoked.
This breed wonderful family companion, and is well suited for a family environment. Landseers do not adapt well as an outdoor pet, they prefer to be along side their family. They love to play and be a part of the family. These dogs are happiest when they can be included in the family activities. They will always try to join in the fun.
Black head with black markings on white fur. Clear white, with large distinct black spots on back and rump; head should be black with a symmetrical white blaze.
The Landseer has a double coat, with a flat, coarse textured undercoat, which is oily and water resistant. The outer coat is moderately long, and can be straight or slightly wavy. Daily to weekly brushing of the thick, coarse, double coat with a hard brush is important. The undercoat is shed twice a year in the spring and fall and extra care is required at these times. (The heaviest shedding period coming in the spring). Avoid bathing unless absolutely necessary, as this strips away the coat's natural oils. Instead, dry shampoo from time to time.
This breed is prone to hip dysplasia. Do not let a Landseer get fat. They are also prone to a hereditary heart disease called sub-aortic stenosis (SAS). Breeders should have puppy's hearts checked by a veterinary cardiologist at 8-12 weeks of age. Adult Newfies should be cleared of SAS again before breeding. To minimize the risk of your Landseer developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a dog from a reputable breeder.