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Landseer (European Continental Type)

Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)
Contact: Mr Arthur Fry
Phone: 9740 8788

Brief History

The Landseer (ECT) origins started in Newfoundland, Canada. In 1900, Swiss and German breeders started to take breeding of the ECT Landseer seriously and they created the standard, which included their black and white markings, from which all purebred Landseers follow. 

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 8 to 10 years.


The Landseer is a gentle, loyal, playful, and confident family dog, but he needs to be trained and socialised. He needs plenty of space to run and exercise and he does not thrive on being left alone for long periods of time.

General Breed Description

The Landseer should convey the impression of a tall, powerful and well balanced dog. His legs are comparatively longer than those of the Newfoundland. The main colour of coat is a clear white with distinct black patches on body.

Coat and Care Requirements

The coat is a double coat with a thick undercoat and will require a good brush and comb once a week.


Height: Males: 72 to 80cms (28.5 to 31.5ins), Females 67 to 72cms (26.5 to 28.5ins).


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Landseer is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD), Elbow Dysplasia (ED) and Bloat.


The Landseer is a family dog and doesn't like to be left alone. He needs plenty of space to run and exercise and play with his owners. He is an independent thinker, which can make him challenging to train at times.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard:

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