Landseer Dog Description
Landseers have little eyes that are dark brown in color, and the nose will almost always be black. The Landseer also features webbed feet which allows it to swim well. The dewclaws of the ideal Landseer should always be taken off. The tail will hang down, and the dog has a long coat which is somewhat wavy. If the dog spends most of its time outside, it may eventually lose the undercoat.
The ideal Landseer will have a coat that is white with black spots. The head should always be black, while the legs and belly should be white.
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The Landseer has an excellent temperament. It is intelligent, brave, and loyal. At the same time, it is not a fierce breed. It has a number of human characteristics that have made it a prized dog. It is patient and will treat strangers in a cordial manner. These dogs are also dignified, and show respect to those that own them. Once a Landseer becomes attached to an owner, it will not be easy for it to adapt to a new person that takes ownership of it. These dogs are protective of their families, but not in the same manner that would be seen with a Rottweiler or German Shepherd.
There are a number of health problems that are specific to this breed. Hip dysplasia is a common problem, and owners will not want to feed them excessive amounts of food. They are also subject to developing a genetic ailment which is called sub-aortic stenosis. This condition affects their heart, and owners will want to frequently take them to the veterinarian to have their hearts examined. Because of their health problems, these dogs generally do not live longer than 10 years.
The Landseer is not a breed of dog which is extremely active. It can live in an apartment or home but will need to get some exercise. A large yard is not needed for them. They can function well in a small yard. However, they don’t like being in hot environments. If you put them in a yard, you will want to make sure they have good amounts of shade. They also enjoy swimming and have feet which are designed for it.
Special Grooming Needs
The Landseer requires decent amounts of grooming. The coat should be brushed on a weekly basis, and the undercoat will shed two times a year. These two events commonly happen during the fall and spring, and owners will want to use extensive amounts of care during this time.