History & Overview
Before the Newfoundland’s standard was written, it sometimes occurred in black and white as well as solid colors. In the 1930s a group of breeders tried to recreate that type, and this is how the Landseer breed was brought to life.
The Landseer conveys the impression of a tall, powerful and well-balanced dog. The legs are comparatively longer than those of the black Newfoundland, especially in the male. The scalp is free from wrinkles, covered with short, fine hair. The head is strikingly beautiful, with noble expression. The movement of the well-muscled legs is a free, long stride, covering ground well with a grace you would not expect in such a massive dog. The strong tail, reaching slightly below hocks, is well covered with dense, bushy hair. The toes of its large, well-shaped cat-like feet are connected by strong webbing, almost reaching the tips of the toes.
The Landseer’s ideal height is 26 -28 inches at shoulders. The top coat, with the exception of the head, is long, straight and dense, soft to the touch, with good undercoat, which is not as dense as in the black Newfoundland and can be slightly wavy on back and hindquarters. When brushed wrong way it falls back into place naturally.
The primary color of the coat is a clear white with distinct black patches on body and croup. The collar, forechest, belly, legs and tail are white. The head is black, with a white muzzle and symmetrical white blaze extending from muzzle over the head to the white collar. Light ticking may occur in some individuals.