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Landseer Dog

Landseer Dog Breed, Information, Puppies, Rescue and History

The Landseer is a large and magnificent looking dog breed.

A lot of experts feel that the Landseer is not a breed in itself, but only a black and white colored Newfoundland, because of the similarities between the Landseer dog and the Newfoundland are that obvious. However, though they have a lot of similarities, the Landseer is considered a separate breed. The Landseer dog got its name from the painter who first painted a picture of it.

It was in 1838, that the celebrated British painter Sir Edwin Henry Landseer first created a painting that depicted the dog breed.

Like all large dogs, Landseer is known for its sweet disposition and its amiable role in the family. The dog is extremely gentle, especially with children.

The Landseer dog is also known to be very kind and serene, a perfect companion for the loving families. These dogs tend to enjoy the water and can spend hours swimming in a pool. Their large size and their love for water make them an ideally suited pet for large houses with their personal swimming pools. Like some of the other giant dog breeds, the Landseer dog also drools a lot, which may put some people off. However, they are so sweet and affectionate that most people love having them around.

While there are a lot of similarities between the Landseer dog breed and the Newfoundland, the Landseer dog cannot compare to a Newfoundland in terms of speed and agility. The Landseer dogs are much less agile, and though they are good swimmers, Landseer dogs are not rescue dogs because of their slow response and lack of agility. However, throughout history, Landseer puppies have been trained to utilize their excellent swimming skills in aiding fishermen. They can help drowning people and their size does aid them a lot. Nevertheless, Newfoundland dogs, because of their speed, are preferred over the Landseer dogs for this purpose.

Landseer dogs, due to their impressive built and their overall appearance, have been the subject of numerous paintings as well as literature. Unfortunately, by the time the nineteenth century ended, the Landseer was no longer recognized. In World War I, attempts to revive the breed were further thwarted because of the ever dwindling numbers of the animal. Once the war was over, the Landseer dogs were successfully bred in large numbers in many parts of Europe.

Till 1960, the Landseer dogs were bred along with Newfoundland dogs. The breed was finally registered as a separate breed in 1960, and its popularity has continued to soar ever since.
  Submitted on September 5, 2011  

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