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Landseer

BREED GROUP: Working
WEIGHT: 100 to 150 lbs
HEIGHT: 26 to 32 inches
COLOR(S): Black and white.
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DESCRIPTION

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.

TEMPERAMENT

The Landseer is temperament, good, courageous, generous, intelligent, human. This breed is very devoted, dignified and peaceable. He/she is also a patient dog, mild with guests, and obsequious with its master. This dog is gentle, loyal, calm, noble and trustworthy with a sweet temperament. They can become very attached to their owners. Good and brave. They are intelligent, protective, but tend to place themselves between the intruder and the family rather than bark or growl. They get along well with any dog, other animal, child, or visitor, however some males may be aggressive with other males. These dogs are patient, playful, and loving with children; a born babysitter. They are very sociable. They enjoy the outdoors, but also require companionship. The Landseer drinks a lot of water and may be messy about it, as he loves to get wet. They tend to drool, though not as much as some other giant breeds. They love to swim. This breed may be slightly difficult to train. Training must be conducted in a calm and balanced manner. These dogs are very sensitive to the tone of your voice.

GROOMING

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.

HEALTH

Prone to hip dysplasia. Do not let a Landseer get fat. 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 Landseers should be cleared of SAS again before breeding.

EXERCISE

This gentle giant is quite content to laze around the house, but they still need to be taken on a daily walk. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. It will enjoy frequent opportunities to swim and frolic.

TRAINING

This breed may be slightly difficult to train. These dogs are very sensitive to the tone of your voice. Training must be conducted in a calm, but firm, confident, consistent and balanced manner. This dog's huge body tends to move rather slowly. Take this into account during training.



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