Considered by most to be a variety of the Newfoundland, the Landseer has a history as a fisherman's dog. Today it is kept primarily as a companion.
History of the Landseer
The history of the Landseer coincides with that of the Newfoundland until their development continued in Europe, particularly in Germany, Holland and Belgium. Currently only the Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognizes them as a breed instead of simply a color variant. The Landseer gains its name from famous animal painter, Sir Edwin Landseer. He often painted these black and white dogs, the most famous of these paintings being “A Distinguished Member of Humane Society”.