The Landseer is the black and white color version of the Newfoundland. A British painter, Sir Edwin Landseer, favored the black and white Newfoundland so much that the color variation was named after him. One group, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, does recognize the Landseer as a separate breed, officially called the Landseer European Continental Type (E.C.T.).
Landseer Newfoundlands originated as fishermen’s working dogs on the island of Newfoundland, just off the northeast coast of Canada. Their prodigious strength and aquatic aptitude made them ideal for helping to bring in fishing nets, haul carts and even rescue over-board fishermen! As a matter of fact, the breed is renowned as water rescue dogs. Their webbed feet, large lung capacity and phenomenal swimming power make them ideally suited for the job. They also have a water-resistant double coat that helps insulate them when swimming in chilly waters.
The Landseer is classified as a giant breed (along with St. Bernards, Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds, to name a few) usually weighing between 100 and 150 lbs. Despite their imposing stature, they are probably most prized for their sweet and gentle temperament. They are generally excellent with children and other animals, and react well to training at a young age.
Although their incredible swimming aptitude may keep their head above water, Landseers are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family vacation fund. Some of the conditions and illnesses Landseers are prone to include joint conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia; heart disorders such as cardiomyopathy and aortic stentosis; and skin conditions such as Pemphigus foliaceus; and eye conditions such as ectropian.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your gentle giant inherits his father’s bad elbows or his mother’s heart issues, you’re covered.